Used Jaguar XE long-term test review

We've always admired the compact executive Jaguar XE, but how does it stack up as a used buy? We've got four months to find out if this is the cat that got the cream or a potential sourpuss...

Jaguar XE

The car 2017 Jaguar XE 2.0 240 R-Sport

Run by Mark Pearson, used cars deputy editor

Why it’s here To find out if buying a one-year-old compact executive Jag makes good sense, and to see if it’s a viable alternative to a new car with a less premium badge for the same money

Needs to Cope with a variety of uses, including daily commuting, motorway journeys, school runs and family life, as well as sprinkling a little Jaguar magic on the everyday, and proving itself against its executive rivals

Price when new £40,125 Price when new with all options £57,000 Price new now £41,930 Value on arrival £32,000 Miles on arrival 9950  Miles now 11,295 Official economy 54.4mpg Test economy 36.6mpg Emissions 137g/km CO2 0-62mph 6.1sec Top speed 155mph Power 237bhp Insurance group 32E

21st November – Unalloyed pleasure

I like our Jag but it’s always important to get a second opinion. It’s also beginning to catch the eye of my colleagues, and among the first to borrow it was Max Adams, our used car reporter. After a long journey up north to his ancestral pile, he had this to say.

All right, I admit it; I’ve injured Mark’s Jaguar. But the important thing is that I have owned up to my error, accepted full responsibility and, as punishment, I’m writing this update on his behalf.

I committed this heinous act early one Sunday morning in Leeds. I’d gone to see an old uni friend who lives on a street of typical redbrick terrace houses, cobbles and - as it turns out - vicious stone kerbs. In my defence, because they’ve been there since before the days Michael Parkinson was in short trousers, they’re weather-worn and not particularly even. While pulling up outside his front door, I just managed to catch the front nearside wheel, taking a nice chunk out of the sidewall and chipping the alloy itself.

Used Jaguar XE

After some choice words, I let Jaguar know what I’d done and we agreed that while the tyre remained inflated, the cut in the sidewall was too much of a concern to leave untouched. After all, sidewall damage can be an MOT failure. The following weekend, a mobile fitter from Kwik Fit came and swapped the tyre within 20 minutes. Quick and easy. Just like kerbing an alloy wheel, unfortunately.

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