What's the used Jaguar XE like?
Many years ago, if you were after a sporty compact executive saloon your default purchase was nearly always the BMW 3 Series, which usually seemed to have enough class and dynamic prowess to edge it ahead of its two closest rivals, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
Since 2015, however, there’s been another option: the Jaguar XE. Here is an executive saloon with an aluminium chassis and a traditional rear-wheel drive layout that successfully combines plenty of driver appeal with all the style, equipment and respectable running costs that owners of cars of this type desire. It’s good on the road, too: it’s refined on the motorways and the ride, though a little on the firm side, is comfortable. True, there are others that are better finished inside and more spacious, but none handle as sweetly - if you’re after a sporty executive saloon look no further.
Petrol engine options range from a choice of 2.0-litre engines in two varying states of tune, up to a swift supercharged 3.0-litre V6 version. Diesel options include three differing 2.0-litre engines, a slightly lacklustre 161bhp one, a punchy but gruff 178bhp version and a 237bhp 25d four-wheel-drive model that is swift but thirsty.
There’s a wide range of trims, too, stretching from well-equipped SE right up to luxurious Portfolio, and taking in our favourite, Prestige, which comes with a host of goodies including dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers and heated leather seats.
The XE has done a successful job of enhancing Jaguar’s reputation as a builder of high-ranking mainstream cars, easily capable of taking on its rivals and beating them, and now it’s a serious contender if you’re after a desirable used purchase, too.