Which used Jaguar XE saloon should I buy?
The entry-level 2.0 diesel engine is fabulously economical, on paper, but it’s a little too slow and gruff for our liking. We’d step up to the 2.0 180, which we think is the best option for private buyers, because it feels usefully quicker than the lower-powered version, yet is almost as economical and efficient. Go for the automatic gearbox if you can – it's more relaxing and just as enjoyable to drive. This XE engine comes with the option of four-wheel drive, but we'd suggest that you think very carefully about whether you really need this, because a normal XE has sweeter steering and lower running costs with just the rear wheels driven. The petrol models are smoother and quieter than the diesels, and even more pleasant to drive, but the economy suffers. If you can afford the bills they’re worth a look though.
Of the current trim levels, the entry-level SE cars come with 17in alloys, dual-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control. However, we’d go up one step to Prestige, which crucially adds heated leather seats. R-Sport models get xenon headlights, a sports styling kit, 18in alloys and sports seats, while Portfolio adds an upgraded sound system and fully electric seat adjustment.