What alternatives should I consider to a used Jaguar XE saloon?
There are a number of obvious compact executive rivals.
The Audi A4 is impressively refined, has plenty of pulling power, whichever engine option you find, has a supremely classy interior and excellent fuel economy. It’s a superb motorway cruiser and offers the quality of far pricier cars, and there’s also a host of on-board tech to enjoy.
The BMW 3 Series has been the class-leader for so many years they’ve even named the group category after it. It’s not surprising. It’s great to drive, in almost any version, with a range of strong and economical engines and it also has a wonderful infotainment system. Balanced against that, the lower powered diesels can be a little gruff, just like the XEs, and the interior, while well screwed together, doesn’t look or feel especially classy.
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has had its nose bloodied by the Audi and the BMW over the years, but it has always been a classy and efficient offering, if not being quite as sporty to drive, or even to look at, as the other two. It might not be able to match the other two dynamically, but it’s still a relaxing car to drive and it has a lovely and well-equipped interior.