Jaguar XE review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

Available fuel types:petrol, diesel
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RRP £29,635What Car? Target Price from£29,353
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Every XE is competitively priced, given the generous amount of standard equipment you get (see below), and the rear-wheel-drive diesel model has low – if not class-leading – CO2 emissions.

Jaguar’s finance deals could be better, though, and resale values aren’t as strong as those of some of its key rivals, such as the BMW 3 Series.

Service intervals are up to every two years or 21,000 miles, and fixed-price servicing plans are available that cover the XE for up to five years or 75,000 miles.

Equipment, options and extras

Even the entry-level S spec comes with 18in alloy wheels, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control – enough to make it our pick of the range.

However, if you do fancy a few more luxuries, SE adds keyless entry and power-folding door mirrors, while range-topping HSE cars have 19in wheels, higher-quality Windsor leather seats and an adaptive cruise control system that can automatically maintain a set distance from the car in front.

Regardless of the trim you go for, you can also add an R-Dynamic package. This gives the XE a more aggressive look in addition to lowered and stiffened suspension.

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Reliability

Jaguar provides a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and three years’ European roadside assistance as standard, with the option to extend both for an extra charge.

And you might wish to do so because Jag's reliability record is pretty poor; the British brand came 28th out of 31 manufacturers in the 2018 What Car? Reliability Survey, behind Audi, BMW and Mercedes, and a long way off Alfa Romeo and Lexus.

To corroborate that, the XE had a poor showing among its executive car peers, finishing second-bottom of the class for reliability.

Safety and security

All XEs come with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and driver drowsiness monitoring, while range-topping HSE cars also have blindspot monitoring.

The experts at Euro NCAP gave the XE an impressive five-star test rating with no major concerns. However, it's worth noting that this was back in 2015 when the XE was first launched, and the testing protocol has become more stringent since then.

As you’d expect, every XE comes with an alarm and an engine immobiliser to help fend off thieves, and you can add a vehicle tracker for an extra fee.

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Overview

The Jaguar XE is wonderful to drive and well equipped, even if rivals have it licked for interior quality and practicality. Go for the D180 diesel if you're a company car driver or worried about fuel costs, while the P250 petrol is a better choice is you're buying privately and do below average miles. Either way, stick with entry-level S trim if you want the best value for money.

  • Agile, enjoyable handling
  • Relative exclusivity
  • Generous equipment list
  • Tight rear-seat and boot space
  • Interior could be classier
  • Poor reliability record

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