Used test: Jaguar XE vs Volkswagen Arteon

The stylish Volkswagen Arteon is an attractive buy, but can it beat the badge cachet of a used Jaguar XE?...

01 July 2019
Used test: Jaguar XE vs Volkswagen Arteon

What will they cost? 

The Arteon will cost cash buyers more to purchase; an average-mileage 2.0 TSI 190 DSG auto R-Line is around £23,500, while a Jaguar XE 20t 200 auto Portfolio costs a little bit less at £23,000.

Used test: Jaguar XE vs Volkswagen Arteon

Offsetting this is the fact that the Arteon is better equipped, with additions over the XE including a heated steering wheel, digital instrument dials, power-folding door mirrors, privacy glass, adaptive LED headlights and 19in alloy wheels.

You also get additional safety kit with the Arteon, such as blindspot warning and adaptive cruise control, although both come with automatic emergency braking, traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning.

Used test: Jaguar XE vs Volkswagen Arteon

You’ll spend the least in fuel if you go for the Arteon; its combined economy figure of 47.1mpg is slightly higher than the 45.1mpg of the XE. Road tax will be identical since they were both registered after 1 April 2017 and will have to pay the current flat rate fee of £145.

Reliability has often been a Jaguar stumbling block, and while Volkswagen doesn’t do brilliantly in 16th place, the British luxury brand scrapes in near the bottom of the 31-strong car manufacture pack in 26th position.