2019 Jaguar XE revealed: price, specs and release date
Jaguar has overhauled its executive saloon with sportier styling, a plusher interior and greater spec freedom...
On sale: Now | Price from: £33,915
The Jaguar XE hasn’t proved the sales success its maker had hoped, because executive car drivers have largely stuck with its longer-established German rivals. So, in an attempt to enhance the saloon’s appeal, the British brand has treated it to a package of improvements and upgrades.
On the outside, the XE has been given a more aggressive look that encompasses a more imposing grille, larger apertures, slimmer headlights and a sleeker rear end with narrower light clusters. LED head and tail-lights are now standard across the range, plus buyers can choose either the standard XE design or sportier R-Dynamic styling.
2019 Jaguar XE interior
More dramatic improvements have been made inside, including the introduction of a package of driver-oriented instruments, controls and technology borrowed from the I-Pace. The steering wheel, also taken from the electric SUV, is chunkier and features classier-looking switches. Plus, the pop-up gear selector has been replaced by a more traditional-looking item.
Material quality in the XE was always a little behind rivals’, so Jaguar has added a range of new materials, including luxurious quilted seat upholstery, and replaced hard plastics with plusher-looking finishes.
2019 Jaguar XE engines
The trim levels have been reduced from six to three: S, SE and HSE, but buyers can now pick any combination of trim, engine and styling option they prefer.
Engine choices have been cut back, too, with the lowest-powered 2.0-litre petrol engine dropped to leave the option of a 247bhp or 296bhp unit. The 2.0-litre D180 diesel engine is still on offer, however, and it’s now an even better option for company car drivers, because it meets the RDE2 NOx emissions standards, meaning it’s eligible for cheaper road tax and isn’t hit by the usual 4% benefit-in-kind tax surcharge.
2019 Jaguar XE price
Standard equipment on the XE includes 18in alloy wheels (or larger), front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. What’s more, you can opt for a completely digital three-screen dashboard and centre console, as well as Jaguar’s camera-based Clearsight rear-view mirror.
The good news is that the starting price for the XE has gone up by only around £500, and once the initial excitement about the updated model has subsided, buyers should be able to get discounts of up to £4000.
Looking to buy a new executive car? Below we've gathered our favourite executive expresses.
The best executive cars
10. Mercedes C-Class
The C-Class is one of the three main choices when it comes to executive cars: the other two, naturally, being the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series – both of which feature further up this list. The C-Class does a lot well, too – it's got a superb interior, most engines have low CO2 emissions and you get plenty of toys as standard. The entry-level C 220d diesel makes the most financial sense, though, and pulls strongly from low revs.
Our pick: C 220d SE
9. Jaguar XE
Taking on the big German brands in the executive car market is a big task, but Jaguar has made a good first impression with its junior saloon, the XE. The pre-facelifted model is offered with a strong range of engines, and rewards keen drivers with excellent steering and sharp handling. It's let down a little when it comes to interior quality, but a generous equipment list should entice company car drivers.
Our pick: 2.0d 180 Prestige
8. Ford Mondeo
Mondeo Man has grown up and now expects more from his car than ever before. Fortunately, the Mondeo has grown up too, and now offers a comfortable driving experience and spacious interior to match its Germanic rivals. We'd go for the mid-range 2.0-litre diesel engine, and pair it with Zetec trim which gets you everything you're going to want, including a heated windscreen, rear electric windows and a ski hatch in the rear for carrying longer items.
Our pick: 2.0 TDCi 150 Zetec
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