The XE has almost exactly the same amount of space up front as a BMW 3 Series, which means that lanky adults should be able to get comfortable and there’s enough space between driver and passenger. A similarly priced Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series is roomier, though.
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 rear space
Head room isn’t great, so long-bodied passengers may have to slouch to avoid feeling uncomfortably close to the roof. Rear leg room is merely okay, too.
At least the outer rear seats get sculpted, comfortable seatbases. Anyone in the middle seat gets a hard, raised cushion, and has to straddle the chunky raised tunnel while avoiding the central air vents that are easy to bash their knees on.
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.
Jaguar XE 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 most rivals. If you do add this option, the seats lie at an angle when folded down.
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 boot space
The XE has a fairly small boot by class standards. It suffers the same problems as most saloons, with a narrow opening and a shallow loadbay, but it’s also not very wide, which will be a particular hindrance if you want to carry a big buggy or a set of golf clubs. It’ll be fine for normal everyday use, though.
You have to pay extra for split-folding rear seats, but you’re still left with a narrow space to thread long items through. There’s a big step in the elongated loadbay floor, too.
A powered bootlid is optional on all but the V6 S model, which gets it as standard.