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Used test: BMW 3 Series vs Jaguar XE verdict

The BMW 3 Series is tough to beat, especially used, but should you be swayed by the suave Jaguar XE? It's available for the same money...

Used test: BMW 3 Series vs Jaguar XE

Our verdict

The Jaguar XE can give its competitor a good run for its money in a few key areas, with its strong performance, good handling and posh interior. It's well worth considering if you're looking for a used executive car. 

However, the BMW 3 Series is the one we'd go out and buy. It's the more well-rounded executive car, being better on fuel, better for build quality and classier inside. This exemplary polish is why the 3 Series wins here and one of the reasons why we dubbed it our What Car? Used Car of the Year

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1st – BMW 3 Series 

BMW 3 Series driving

For Brilliant to drive; better infotainment; more practical; more solid-feeling interior
Against Electric driver’s seat adjustment and adjustable lumbar support were extra when new

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

Used 2019-present BMW 3 Series review >>

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2nd – Jaguar XE

Jaguar XE driving

For Punchier engine; good handling; great driving position; classy interior
Against So-so reliability record; less rear-seat space; smaller boot; drinks more fuel 

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

Used 2015-present Jaguar XE review >>

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Specifications: BMW 3 Series 320i M Sport

Engine size 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo, petrol
Torque 221lb ft 
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 7.3sec
Top speed146mph
Official fuel economy 42.8mpg
Test MPG 34.5mpg
CO2 emissions 127g/km

Specification: Jaguar XE P250 R-Dynamic S

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
Power 247bhp
Torque 269lb ft 
0-60mph 7.3sec
Top speed 155mph
Official fuel economy 36.2mpg 
Test MPG 29.7mpg
CO2 emissions 159g/km

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