Space & practicality

Jaguar XE review

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10 Dec 2015 10:46 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:18

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

Jaguar XE saloon front space

You sit low in relation the window line in the XE, so it feels cocooning, but outright space in the front is almost exactly the same as in a BMW 3 Series. That means lanky 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.

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The two cupholders between the seats will take all but the largest takeaway or travel mugs. There’s also an open storage area next to the gearlever that is the ideal size and shape for a phone, while the lidded 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 them.

Jaguar XE saloon rear space

Head room isn’t great, so long-bodied passengers may have to slouch to avoid feeling uncomfortably close to the roof, and if they’re behind someone tall in the front then leg room is tight, too.

At least the outer rear seats get sculpted, comfortable seatbases. Anyone in the middle seat gets a hard, raised cushion and a chunky raised tunnel to straddle. In terms of the width on offer – well, three kids will 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. Its rear seats are fixed and can’t be folded unless you pay extra for the 40/20/40-split rear seats. This is a fairly expensive addition, but betters the 60/40-split rear seats that are optional in some rivals.

Depending on the trim level, the front passenger seat gets either partial or full-electric adjustment as standard. Adjustable lumbar support is an optional extra and costs a lot on lower-end versions.

Jaguar XE saloon boot space

The XE’s boot is fairly small by class standards. It suffers the same problems as most saloons, with a narrow opening and a shallow load bay, but it’s also not very wide – this will be a particular hindrance if you want to carry a big buggy or a set of golf clubs.

You have to pay extra for split-folding rear seats, but you’re still left with a narrow space to thread long items through. They also lie at an angle instead of fully flat and leave a big step in the extended load bay floor.

A powered bootlid is optional on all but the V6 S model, which gets it as standard.

 

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