Used Jaguar XE 2015 - present review

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Section: Advice for buyers

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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Jaguar XE saloon?

The XE is an exemplary motorway car and may well have accumulated a lot of high-speed miles, so check for stone chips on the bodywork and also for kerb damage to the alloy wheels caused by over-enthusiastic parking.

Check the condition of the seat fabrics, too, as these can become easily scuffed.

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What are the most common problems with a used Jaguar XE saloon?

Vehicle fails to meet CO2 levels

A number of examples produced from the start of production until 20 November 2018 might have a problem emitting the correct levels of CO2. A software update to the engine should rectify this.

Instrument cluster may go blank

A software issue on vehicles made between 1 September 2016 and 17 August 2017 can lead to the instrument cluster going blank intermittently. A software update should be able to sort this issue.

Fuel leak

There have been a few recalls relating to fuel leaks. The first is due to a fuel return hose that could leak on models made between 1 November 2016 and 6 April 2017. The second is for petrol models constructed from 1 September 2016 and 17 August 2017 where a leak can originate from the fuel rail. The third and final recall is to do with leaks from the fuel cooler fitted to early diesel XEs made up until 30 June 2016. In all cases, speak to a Jaguar dealer to find out if either affects your car.

Engine may cut out

The fuel feed could detach on some cars manufactured until 25 February 2016, and any affected XE will need to have an extra clamp fitted to the relevant hose at a Jaguar dealer to sort this issue. 

Seatbelt pretensioners

There have been two recalls for the pretensioners not operating correctly in a collision. The first applies to XEs made between 16 February and 16 December 2016, while the second relates only to the one for the driver's seat of cars constructed between 22 September 2015 and 23 March 2016.

Is a used Jaguar XE saloon reliable?

The XE didn’t fare to badly in our most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, finishing ahead of other executive car rivals such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.

Jaguar’s standing as a brand in the same survey wasn't as good as that of BMW, but it did finish ahead of Audi and Mercedes in 21st place out of 31 manufacturers.

If you'd like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.

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