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Jaguar XE review

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10 Dec 2015 10:46 | Last updated: 12 Nov 2018 15:29

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Jaguar XE saloon running costs

Every XE is competitively priced, given the generous amount of standard equipment it gets, and the lower-powered diesel model with a manual gearbox has seriously low CO2 emissions, making it a comparatively cheap company car. Even the more powerful 20d diesel with an automatic ’box is impressively efficient on tax and should return decent fuel economy.

Jaguar’s finance deals are competitive, but not the best in the class. Meanwhile, the XE’s resale values aren’t as strong as those of some of its key rivals, such as the Audi A4.

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.

Jaguar XE saloon equipment

Entry-level SE cars come with 17in alloys, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control, but their cloth seats may put some buyers off.

We’d go up one level to Prestige, because it combines a luxurious interior with a reasonable price. It comes with all the kit that the generously equipped SE version gets and adds heated leather seats and chrome interior highlights.

Portfolio gets xenon headlights and some light cosmetic tweaks, while R-Sport adds a sporty styling kit, 18in alloys and sports seats. Landmark is based on R-Sport and features a sporty front bumper and different 18in alloys, while the 300 Sport is also based on R-Sport but gets cosmetic tweaks such as extra badging and yellow stitching inside.

Eight-way manual seat adjustment with electric reclining is standard on all but Portfolio and 300 Sport models, which get full 10-way electrically adjustable seats.

There are plenty of optional extras if you’re smitten with creature comforts, such as a heated steering wheel and a powered bootlid, but the one we’d really recommend is adjustable lumbar support – especially on the higher-end models, where it costs significantly less than on cheaper versions. A panoramic glass roof is an expensive option on all trims; this brightens up the interior substantially but also limits head room.

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Jaguar XE saloon reliability

All XEs come with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and three-year European roadside assistance, and both can be extended at extra cost.

And you might wish to do so. Jaguar’s reliability as a brand is rather poor, with it placing 28th out of 31 manufacturers in our latest Reliability Survey, behind both BMW and Mercedes-Benz and a long way behind Audi.

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

Jaguar XE saloon safety and security

All XEs come with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and traffic sign recognition that shows the relevant speed limit on the dashboard. Front, side and curtain airbags are also standard, although it’s a shame that there’s no driver’s knee airbag and you can’t add rear side airbags. A blindspot monitoring system and adaptive cruise control are available as optional extras.

Euro NCAP gave the XE five stars in its crash test. Drill down into the details and you’ll discover that the XE performed well in the individual categories, outscoring the Audi A4 in all but child occupant protection.

The standard tyre pressure monitoring system warns you if you have a puncture, although you’ll have to pay extra for a space-saver spare tyre instead of tyre repair kit. A full-size spare isn’t available.

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.

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Verdict

There are bigger executive saloons available for similar money, but none handles as sweetly

  • Agile, enjoyable handling
  • Low CO2 emissions and company car costs
  • Generous equipment list
  • Tight rear-seat and boot space
  • Some interior materials feel low-rent
  • Terrible reliability record
There are 7 trims available for the XE saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
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R-Sport
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