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.
Unfortunately, the XE didn’t fare so well in our most recent reliability survey, finishing one from bottom in the executive cars class. It was the diesel-engined cars that let the side down, with 42% of the cars in our survey reporting problems. Non-engine electrical issues were the major concern, but there were other problems reported, including issues with the bodywork, the engine, the fuel system and the steering and suspension. In fairness, all of these problems were fixed for free in less than a week, although Jaguar’s standing as a brand in the survey was also particularly poor, with the firm finishing 28th out of 32 manufacturers.