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Jaguar XE review

Space & practicality
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Space & practicality

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Jaguar XE saloon front space

You feel cocooned by sitting low in relation to the window line, but outright space in the front is almost exactly on a par with the BMW 3 Series. That means tall adults should be able to get comfortable, and there’s enough space between the driver and passenger for you not to get in each other’s way.

The two cupholders between the seats will handle all but the largest takeaway or travel mugs. What’s more, there’s an open storage area next to the gear selector that's the ideal size and shape for a phone, and the centre console cubbyhole (which doubles up as an armrest) is good for stowing bulkier items. The door pockets are a bit narrow, but you’ll get a 500ml bottle in each of them.

Jaguar XE saloon rear space

Head room isn’t abundant, so tall passengers may have to slouch to avoid feeling uncomfortably close to the roof. If seated behind somebody tall in the front, leg room is tight, too.

To make matters worse, the rear seat bases are thinly padded and anyone in the middle seat has a chunky hump in the floor to straddle. In terms of the width on offer, three kids will be fine but three reasonably large adults won’t like being squeezed in for long.

Two seatback map pockets are standard, as are two cupholders in the central armrest. The door pockets are fairly small but will take a 500ml bottle.

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Jaguar XE saloon seating flexibility

Most saloons have fairly limited seating flexibility, and that’s true of the XE, too. Its rear seats are fixed and can’t be folded unless you pay extra for the 40/20/40-split bench. This is a fairly expensive addition but betters the 60/40-split rear seats that are offered in some rivals.

Depending on the trim level, the front passenger seat gets either partial or full electric adjustment as standard.

Jaguar XE saloon boot space

The XE’s boot suffers the same problems as those of most saloons, with a narrow opening and a shallow load bay. It's not very wide, either, which will be a particular hindrance if you want to carry a big buggy or a set of golf clubs.

Even if you pay extra for split-folding rear seats, you’re still left with a narrow space to thread long items through, and a big step in the floor of the extended load bay.

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There are 7 trims available for the XE saloon. Click to see details.See all versions
SV Project 8
In addition to every body panel except the roof and front doors being bespoke, the susp...
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S
Even this entry-level spec comes with 18in alloy wheels, electrically adjustable leathe...
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SE
Stepping up one rung from entry-level S spec gets you keyless entry, power-folding door...
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£35,370
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R-Dynamic S
This version of the XE is based on entry-level S-spec, but brings sportier looks and lo...
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£35,490
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R-Dynamic SE
This version of the XE is based on mid-level SE-spec, but brings sportier looks and low...
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£36,960
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HSE
The range-topping HSE spec is very well equipped, featuring 19in alloy wheels, higher-q...
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£38,520
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R-Dynamic HSE
This version of the XE is based on range-topping HSE-spec, but brings sportier looks an...
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£40,320
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