Jaguar XE review

Category: Executive car

Section: Performance & drive

Jaguar XE 2021 rear cornering
  • 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:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

There isn't currently a company car tax-beating plug-in hybrid Jaguar XE to rival versions of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class. As a result, company car drivers are best off going for the 201bhp, 2.0-litre mild hybrid D200 diesel – and that's no hardship, because it's good. It picks up well from 1500rpm and, flat out, serves up 0-62mph in a respectable 7.3sec, making it quicker than the Audi A4 35 TDI but about half a second shy of the BMW 320d.

Your other options for the XE are a pair of turbocharged 2.0-litre petrols. Both need to be revved harder than the diesel because their power is generated higher up the rev range, but the 247bhp P250 is punchy enough with 0-62mph in 6.7sec. That makes the extra verve of the 296bhp P300 nice but not essential – unless you want four-wheel drive, which comes as standard, or must have the quickest XE currently on sale. 

The adaptive set-up is worth considering if you opt for R-Dynamic trim. That's because R-Dynamic comes with stiffer suspension that is a bit more jarring, although not to the same extent as the BMW 3 Series in M Sport spec. As with most cars, adding bigger alloy wheels will make the ride lumpier.

Jaguar XE 2021 rear cornering

Handling

If you're looking for a sporty executive car, the XE is right up at the top of the tree with the 3 Series. It handles superbly, darting into bends satisfyingly and staying flat and composed through all manner of twists and turns.

It also grips well, and the steering on versions with rear-wheel drive is sharp and precise. The four-wheel drive P300's steering doesn't weight up quite as consistently but it's still sharper than the A4's, and the extra traction is a big plus on slippery surfaces.

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