Jaguar XE – Jaguar’s Answer To The 3-Series


In 2019, Jaguar gave the XE sedan an all-important update to ensure it stays afloat amidst the competition. It even gets different to spot on the outside and comes with certain cabin updates as well. The updated XE also comes powered by BS6-compliant engines: a 177bhp, 2.0-liter diesel engine, and a 246bhp, 2.0-litre, turbo petrol engine, both being sold in two variants: S and SE. We drive the latter of the two.

You’re XE and you know it

On the outside of the Jaguar XE, not much has changed, but a look at the front will tell you the headlights are sleeker, while the DRLs double as dynamic turn indicators. Look closer and you will notice that the grille is more in-your-face now. On the SE variant of the Jaguar XE, you get the Black Pack, which includes a smoked-out front grille, fender elements and window surrounds. At the back, the LED taillights get mild tweaks; so do the bumpers. There’s no denying that the Jaguar XE, is a sexy-looking sports sedan, particularly with those satin grey alloy wheels.

A breath of fresh air?

Even inside the cabin, Jaguar Cars have done very little to spruce up the look. The climate control is fully touch-operable and features backlit keys. Gone is the gear-selector knob and in comes a regular lever with lacquered wood around. The touchscreen is bigger and smoother to operate; it also gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It gets wireless charging, an all-digital instrument cluster that is intuitive to use, featuring various screen options. The steering is new as well, sporting touch-operable controls.

Nothing has really changed with the dashboard, so the ‘Riva loop’ theme remains. The seats up-front are comfortable and you’re seated nice and low, resulting in a nice, sporty driving position. The seats get a memory function, which keeps tabs on the air-con temperature and the instrument cluster setting. Seated at the back, we weren’t too happy because the XE features narrow door cavities and that means ingress and egress is awful.

The backrest isn’t comfortable and the cushioning on the seats on both sides is a bit much. Also, the floor hump in the middle means a third occupant will find sitting in the back bothersome. Features include badge deletion, a Cold Climate pack that includes a heated steering wheel, headlight washers, and a heated windscreen, and privacy glass.

It’s a Jaaag.

Jaguar Cars have given the XE a turbo-petrol engine, developing 246bhp and 365Nm of torque. Throttle response is quite impressive as you are rewarded with strong power delivery and an equally impressive mid-range performance. The engine is refined at idle and sounds sporty when taken to its limit. Paired to the engine is an 8-speed ZF gearbox, which isn’t particularly smooth.

It gets various drive modes, like Ice, Rain, and Snow. The XE has always scored when it comes to riding and handling; it changes direction eagerly and tackles bumps decently well too. And the well-weighted steering further adds to the experience. It also gets a lane-keep assist feature, which warns the driver if it senses the car is going off its path. The chassis is well balanced; the steering is full of feedback and the brakes are mighty strong. We just wish it had more room at the back and a better gearbox. This is a car tuned more for the driver than the back-seat passengers. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming cars, only at autoX.

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