While it may not be a popular choice with fleet buyers because of its high CO2 emissions, we’ve found a discount online that private buyers might find tempting.
The XE is now the best car in its class to drive, beating the BMW 3 Series, and it's even better with the larger alloys and stiffer suspension in this R-Sport trim. The body control is very good but it still manages to offer a smooth ride even with the firmer suspension set-up.
Its 2.0-litre petrol engine is quiet and smooth and it sounds great, too.
Inside, the car is very impressive, stacking up well against its premium rivals. The much-improved infotainment system is a real step up from Jaguar’s past efforts.
The engine offers good performance but its fuel economy is disappointing. An official return of 37.7mpg, while emitting 179g/km of CO2, is worse than the BMW 320i.
The XE’s rear-seat space and boot capacity is not as good as those of other rivals, either, but it’s still a very pleasant interior.
Should I add any options?
R-Sport trim is well equipped with 18in alloys, leather seats, bi-xenon headlights, stiffer suspension and a sportier body kit as standard.
If you do want to add any extras then luxury interior options include a wi-fi hotspot for £300, a panoramic sunroof for £1000 and a head-up display for £1000.
What are its rivals?
The XE occupies a hotly contested segment but holds its own with a four-star rating, compared with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class's three stars and the BMW 3 Series' four stars, but flags behind the Audi A4's five-star rating its and What Car? Car of the Year status.
The car Jaguar XE 2.0 R-Sport Auto
The saving £2984
The list price £29,740
The discounted price £26,756
The broker Drivethedeal.com