Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The Jaguar XE smashes its premium rivals on list price. Even though the D200 is much more powerful than the entry-level Audi A4 30 TDI, it's thousands of pounds cheaper. You can have the top-spec R-Dynamic HSE and still have change left over compared with a higher-spec A4, BMW 3 Series or Mercedes C-Class. What's more, the C-Class has really poor resale values, while the XE is predicted to have some of the best in the class, as is the 3 Series.
That's fine if you're a private buyer, but what about company car users? Well, only the RDE2-compliant D200 engine avoids the top benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax band that the petrol versions sit in. It's competitive on CO2 emissions with other diesel models, but you really should be looking at a plug-in hybrid such as the BMW 330e or Mercedes C300e if you want to massively reduce your company car tax bill. As we said earlier, you can't get a plug-in XE.
If you do fancy a few more luxuries, R-Dynamic SE adds keyless entry and power-folding door mirrors, and it's still cheap enough that you could add the adaptive suspension (so counter its firmer sports suspension) and it'll undercut its less well-equipped premium rivals.
The range-topping R-Dynamic HSE trim has 19in wheels, higher-quality Windsor leather seats and an adaptive cruise control system among its key attractions.
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.