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2.0 [300] Auto AWD
The most powerful of the three 2.0-litre petrols has 296bhp. Comes with an eight-speed auto and four-wheel drive as standard, and it’s quick – 0-62mph takes just 5.5sec. Also pretty smooth-revving, but watch out for higher running costs than the less powerful engines.
2.0 [250] Auto
The middle of the three 2.0-litre petrol engines (with 247bhp) is a punchy performer. It’s a smooth and quiet engine, too. There’s no major economy or CO2 emissions penalty for choosing it over the lower-powered unit, either, so it’s worth a look if you find that version a little too slow. An eight-speed automatic is the only gearbox this engine is available with.
2.0d [240] Auto AWD
This twin-turbo diesel comes with four-wheel drive as standard to help transfer its impressive power to the road. It’s acceptably quiet, but nowhere near as refined as the diesel engines in an Audi A4, although the eight-speed automatic gearbox is slick. More expensive to run than the other diesels, but still delivers respectable running costs.
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2.0d [180]
Our pick of the engines. With 178bhp, it doesn’t make the XE particularly quick, but it doesn’t labour at very low revs, so you can comfortably leave it in a high gear around town as long as you don’t want lively acceleration. It has decent mid-range oomph, although it’s not particularly refined, especially when the stop/start system kicks in during traffic. Crucially, it has excellent CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures, so will help keep your monthly tax bills low. Comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and the choice of rear or four-wheel drive.
The diesel XE range kicks off with a 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel that offers acceptable, albeit rather lacklustre, performance. It has fairly long gearing that blunts its performance, so overtaking requires you to think well ahead. That said, it will still sit at low revs without labouring and is decently responsive beyond 2000rpm.
2.0 Auto
This 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine comes with an automatic gearbox as standard; a manual ’box is not available. It offers decently strong performance with acceptable running costs for those looking to ditch diesel or who don’t do many miles.

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36.2-67.3 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

111-177 g/km

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455 litres

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