Jaguar XE review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

Jaguar XE 2019 RHD infotainment
  • Jaguar XE 2021 front cornering
  • Jaguar XE 2021 rear cornering
  • Jaguar XE 2021 interior dashboard
  • Jaguar XE 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Jaguar XE 2019 RHD infotainment
  • Jaguar XE 2021 rear tracking
  • Jaguar XE 2021 rear right tracking
  • Jaguar XE 2021 front left tracking
  • Jaguar XE 2021 rear light detail
  • Jaguar XE 2021 alloy wheel
  • Jaguar XE 2019 RHD front seats
  • Jaguar XE 2021 interior front seat
  • Jaguar XE 2021 interior detail
  • Jaguar XE 2019 RHD boot open
  • Jaguar XE 2021 front cornering
  • Jaguar XE 2021 rear cornering
  • Jaguar XE 2021 interior dashboard
  • Jaguar XE 2019 RHD rear seats
  • Jaguar XE 2019 RHD infotainment
  • Jaguar XE 2021 rear tracking
  • Jaguar XE 2021 rear right tracking
  • Jaguar XE 2021 front left tracking
  • Jaguar XE 2021 rear light detail
  • Jaguar XE 2021 alloy wheel
  • Jaguar XE 2019 RHD front seats
  • Jaguar XE 2021 interior front seat
  • Jaguar XE 2021 interior detail
  • Jaguar XE 2019 RHD boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

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 XE 2019 RHD infotainment

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.

Overview

The Jaguar XE has a lot of strengths. It is great fun to drive, comfortable, really well equipped and should hold onto its value well. On top of that, it’s very cheap next to its premium rivals, so whether you’re a private buyer looking to save cash or a company driver looking for reasonable tax payments, that also makes it well worth a look. The Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series have it licked for interior quality and practicality, though, but if you go for the D200 diesel in entry-level S trim you'll bag yourself a relative bargain.

  • Agile, enjoyable handling
  • Well priced and well equipped
  • Comfortable ride
  • Tight for rear-seat and boot space
  • Interior could be classier
  • So-so reliability record
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