JAGUAR

JAGUAR XE SALOON 2.0 P300 R-Dynamic HSE 4dr Auto AWD

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2207 g/km

The Jaguar XE continues to deliver a slickly executed take on the mid-sized executive genre, offering something different to the usual German suspects in the BMW 3 Series / Audi A4-segment. On paper at least, this revised version with its mild hybrid diesel tech and improved connectivity seems to have the design, technology and ambition necessary to succeed in this segment, with the dynamics of a BMW and the luxury of a Mercedes, plus all the efficiency and connectivity modern business buyers now expect. It's a strong contender.

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Jaguar's XE is much improved. Jonathan Crouch checks out the revised range with its electrified diesel technology

Ten Second Review

The Jaguar XE continues to deliver a slickly executed take on the mid-sized executive genre, offering something different to the usual German suspects in the BMW 3 Series / Audi A4-segment. On paper at least, this revised version with its mild hybrid diesel tech and improved connectivity seems to have the design, technology and ambition necessary to succeed in this segment, with the dynamics of a BMW and the luxury of a Mercedes, plus all the efficiency and connectivity modern business buyers now expect. It's a strong contender.

Background

Think Jaguar and you probably think of unashamedly high-end cars, raffish, elegant and rapid. It's not a company that's given to lowering the bar and chasing volumes. It tried that in 2001 with the dismal X-TYPE, a rebodied Ford Mondeo that languished in the range for eight years, the public never really enamoured by a Ford wearing a pastiche of Jaguar styling. In its best-selling year, it sold half of Jaguar's initial 100,000 per year estimate, the Brits grumbling that here was a car they never wanted, hastily foisted on them by Ford's top brass in Detroit. It's took Browns Lane until 2014 to come back with a second stab at the mid-sized 3 Series / Audi A4-dominated executive saloon sector, but the XE showed that the brand had learned from the X-TYPE and done things rather differently. It was - and still is in this improved form - a serious contender to the likes of the BMW 3 Series, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Driving Experience

When you compete in the same class as the BMW 3 Series, it's a measure of real confidence to bill your contender as "the driver's car in the global mid-size saloon segment". Yet that's exactly what Jaguar has done and a closer look at the XE reveals the reasons behind their bullishness. The chassis is a 75 per cent aluminium monocoque, light but immensely strong. The design utilises a classically correct longitudinal engine and rear-wheel drive architecture. Jaguar reckons that this XE has the best electric power steering in class and there are plenty of chassis goodies like torque vectoring by braking. Automatic transmission is now non-negotiable and this revised XE is available with a choice of next generation Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol unit is only available in P300 AWD guise with 300PS. The P300 variant accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and uses its intelligent all-wheel drive system to good effect in slippery conditions. Most customers though, will probably opt for the single Ingenium diesel variant, now uprated and badged D200, which is rear-driven only, delivers 204PS and makes 60mph in just 5.6s. This D200 variant features the brand's latest mild hybrid engine tech.

Design and Build

The XE has what the brand hopes is an 'assertive' appearance, with advanced all-LED headlights, a wide lattice mesh grille and tail-lights with distinctive LED signatures. In contrast to rivals, there's still only a single saloon body style though. The cabin's been improved in this latest model, primarily with the introduction of the brand's new generation 'Pivi Pro' infotainment system, which operates via a 10-inch central touchscreen and features the potential for over-the-air updates. The 'Pivi Pro' system also has the advantage of being able to offer embedded dual-SIM capability, with two LTE modems enabling the set-up to carry out multiple functions at the same time, such as streaming media and downloading SOTA updates, without compromising performance. This level of connectivity also ensures minimal interruptions caused by coverage blackspots as it roams across network providers for the strongest signal. Plus it's compatible with 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring. As before, as an option (or as standard with top-spec trim) you can also have a lower 5.5-inch centre stack screen combining two multi-functional LED rotary controllers for intuitive operation of key vehicle functions. And it all works in conjunction with an advanced 12.3-inch HD interactive instrument binnacle display screen which replaces conventional dials. The interior now feels more up-market too, thanks to extensive use of soft-touch materials, a re-designed split-rim steering wheel, an embossed Jaguar Leaper logo on the headrests and a fresh quilt design for the seating. The first-in-segment ClearSight interior rear view mirror improves safety and convenience by ensuring the driver has an unobstructed view of the road behind. Using a wide-angle rear-facing camera, the system feeds images to a high-definition screen within the frameless rear view mirror, unhindered by tall rear passengers, poor light or rain on the rear screen. That revised steering wheel, shared with the all-electric I-PACE, features hidden-until-lit graphics and capacitive switches for intuitive, tactile control of key functions. As before, space in the rear is fairly tight. And there's a 450-litre boot. The rear seats can be optionally heated and offer a 40:20:40 split-fold and a through-loading feature.

Market and Model

Prices, which now start at around £30,000, these days look a lot more competitive against segment rivals. The five core trim levels for the mainstream D200 diesel variant are 'S', 'R-Dynamic S', 'R-Dynamic SE', 'R-Dynamic HSE' and 'R-Dynamic Black'. The priciest P300 AWD derivative comes only in plush 'R-Dynamic HSE' form and costs around £40,000. All the usual executive niceties feature across the range - leather upholstery, powered front seats, full-LED headlights, alloy wheels of at least 18-inches in size, a frameless rear view mirror, a 3D surround camera and the latest 'Pivi Pro' infotainment system with its 10-inch centre stack screen. Avoid the 'S' -trim level and you get an 'Interactive Driver Display' digital instrument binnacle screen too. One nice recently added touch is the enhanced Cabin Air Ionisation system, which improves interior air quality through 'Nanoe' technology; this removes allergens and unpleasant odours. The front seat occupant activates the system simply by pressing a provided 'Purify' button. Safety kit includes autonomous 'Emergency Braking', 'Lane Keep Assist', a 'Driver Condition Monitor' and 'Traffic Sign Recognition' with an 'Adaptive Speed Limiter'.

Cost of Ownership

As before, it helps the XE's cause that its structure is relatively light weight, thanks to the fact that over 75% of the structure of the car is fashioned from aluminium. The important news with this revised model though, is that the D200 model's core 204PS 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine now features Jaguar's latest next generation Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology for the first time. This uses a Belt-integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) situated in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear loadspace. It is able to redeploy the stored energy to assist the engine when accelerating away while also delivering a more refined and responsive stop/start system. What about the WLTP-rated results of all this? Well, you're looking at 57.7mpg on the combined cycle and 128g/km of CO2, which is very class competitive. Plus the D200 is RDE2-compliant, so is tax-optimised. The P300 petrol variant does without the MHEV tech - and it shows a bit. The P300 AWD version manages 32.3mpg and 206g/km. What else? You get the usual unremarkable three year warranty. And service intervals are set at 21,000miles or every 24 months, whichever comes first and it would be sensible to consider one of Jaguar's Service Plans that cover you for virtually everything in advance. There's a 'Standard Mileage Service Plan' that covers you for five years/50,000 miles. Or a 'High Mileage Service Plan' that covers five years/75,000 miles.

Summary

Bold, innovative, forward-thinking and able to level with the class best, this XE has proved to be the most credible Jaguar sports saloon we've seen since the Sixties. It chases bigger sales but unlike some of its predecessors, hasn't diluted crucial elements of brand credibility. On the contrary, it's a model company founder Sir William Lyons might have been proud of. He sought to make cars that made their owners feel 'alive' and the objective of this one is exactly that. Failings are few. Yes, buyers will lack a little when it comes to boot space and some may find selected areas of the styling approach to be slightly conservative. There's nothing wrong with the fundamentals of this design though and the aluminium underpinnings that lie beneath that taut bodywork are pretty sophisticated. Potential business buyers will also note that in important areas like safety, connectivity and residual values, this car is difficult to better in its class, plus they'll also struggle to improve upon this model's diesel efficiency figures, thanks to Jaguar's impressively clean and frugal mild hybrid Ingenium technology. Yes, there's tough competition in the BMW 3 Series-sector. But this improved XE looks better set to size up to it.

  • Green tinted heat insulating glass
  • Variable front intermittent wipers
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Heated windscreen + heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Electric windows with one touch open/close and anti-trap

  • 355mm front brakes and 325mm rear brakes
  • Torque vectoring brake
  • All surface progress control (ASPC)
  • Hill start assist
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Brake pad warning light
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brake system

  • Premium carpet mats

  • Voice control system
  • InControl remote premium
  • Android Auto
  • Apple car play
  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • Electric power assisted steering (EPAS)
  • Speed proportional steering
  • Rear traffic monitor
  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Blind spot assist
  • Lane keep assist
  • Rear collision monitor
  • Adaptive cruise control with queue assist, Forward alert, intelligent emergency brake and speed limiter
  • 3D surround camera

  • Push button starter

  • Pro services and wifi hotspot
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Interactive driver display digital instrument panel with 12" TFT screen
  • Navigation pro system
  • 5.5" Lower touchscreen

  • Electric heated/power fold memory door mirrors with approach lights and auto dimming driver side
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • InControl protect
  • Dynamic volume control
  • DAB digital audio broadcast
  • Pivi pro connected
  • InControl apps

  • XE badge
  • P300 AWD badge
  • Jaguar script and leaper
  • Body colour front and rear bumper inserts
  • Grained black lower mesh
  • Body colour roof
  • Body colour bumpers

  • Approach lamps
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Animated directional indicators

  • Two zone climate control
  • Rear air vents

  • Twin front cupholders
  • Illuminated trunk
  • Sliding cover on front cupholder
  • Shopping hook in boot
  • Luggage tie-down hooks
  • Lockable glovebox
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Electrically adjustable steering column
  • Chrome seat switches
  • Interior front door handles with separate locking switches
  • 12V socket in front and rear
  • Satin chrome gearshift paddles
  • R-Dynamic split rim leather steering wheel
  • Overhead stowage for sunglasses
  • Storage space in front and rear doors
  • Perforated Windsor leather upholstery with sports seat

  • Front and rear reading lights

  • Online pack with data plan - XE

  • Front airbags with passenger seat occupant detector
  • Power child locks
  • Front side airbags
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Pedestrian contact sensing and deployable bonnet
  • Full length side window curtain airbag

  • Rear head restraints
  • Isofix child seat mountings in rear
  • Passive front headrests

  • Smart key start system
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Driver's central locking switch
  • Keyless entry
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Remote central locking with deadlocks and drive-away locking

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 207
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 215
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 207
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • CC: 1997
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 30.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 30.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 29.6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: R-Dynamic HSE
  • Coin Description: P300
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.9
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: 10 SPOKE STYLE 1050

  • Length: 4678
  • Width: 1850
  • Wheelbase: 2835
  • Width (including mirrors): 2075
  • Height: 1410
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 394
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1615
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2210
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 62
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 595
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 989
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.2

  • Privacy glass: £410
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £200

  • Red brake calipers: £210

  • Adaptive dynamics: £760
  • Configurable dynamics: £150

  • Wireless device charging with phone signal booster: £300
  • Wi-Fi Enabled with data plan: £240

  • Jaguar drive control adaptive surface response: £0
  • Jaguar drive control: Included
  • Park Assist - Parallel Park/Parking Exit/Bay park: £250
  • Front and rear parking aid: Included

  • Powered gesture tailgate/boot lid: £500
  • Powered tailgate/boot lid: £400
  • Homelink (programmable garage door opener): £200

  • Head up Display: £700
  • Secure tracker pro: £710
  • Secure tracker: £400

  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror: Included
  • ClearSight interior rear view mirror: £630

  • Gloss grey figured ebony veneer: Included
  • Gloss carbon fibre finisher: £850
  • Gloss ash burr veneer: £250
  • Gloss black trim finisher: £100
  • Monogram aluminium trim finisher: £175
  • Meshed aluminium trim finisher: £175
  • Gloss Figured Ebony veneer: £250

  • Meridian 400W sound system with 13 speakers (12+subwoofer): Included
  • Meridian 650W surround sound system with 17 speakers (16+subwoofer): £200

  • Special solid paint: £300
  • Satin Chrome side vents: Included
  • Metallic paint: £600
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Premium metallic paint: £950
  • Satin chrome window surround: Included
  • Grained black grille with satin chrome surround: Included
  • Metal tread plates with R Dynamic branding: Included
  • Illuminated metal tread plates with brand name script: £200
  • Tailgate/boot lid spoiler: £110
  • Sliding panoramic roof with powered sunblind: £1,345

  • Premium LED headlights with signature DRL, auto high beam assist, rear tail lights: Included
  • Matrix LED headlights with signature DRL: £600
  • Headlight power wash: £200

  • Air quality sensor: £50
  • Cabin pre-conditioning: £1,000
  • Cabin air ionisation with PM2.5 filter: £130

  • Light oyster morzine headlining: £0
  • Ebony morzine headlining: Included
  • Heated steering wheel: £185
  • Electric rear window sunblinds: £350
  • Additional power sockets in rear centre console and in trunk: £100
  • Bright metal pedals: £150

  • Cabin lighting: Included
  • Premium cabin lighting: £300

  • Black exterior pack - XE: £420
  • Dynamic handling pack - XE: £970
  • Premium upgrade interior pack - XE: £490
  • Convenience pack - XE/R-Dynamic HSE: £875
  • Technology pack - XE/R-Dynamic HSE: £1,330
  • Smoker's pack - XE: £30

  • Metallic - Hakuba silver: £600
  • Metallic - Bluefire Blue: £600
  • Metallic - Santorini black: £600
  • Metallic - Portofino blue: £600
  • Metallic - Firenze red: £600
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £600
  • Metallic - Yulong white: £600

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0

  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £950
  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £950
  • Special solid - Caldera red: £300

  • 40:20:40 folding rear seats with centre armrest: Included
  • 40:20:40 folding, heated rear seats with centre armrest: £440
  • 16 way heated electric driver memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests: Included
  • 16 way heated and ventilated electric driver memory front seats with 2 way manual headrests: £800

  • Activity key: £300

  • Electrically deployable towbar: £950
  • Detachable towbar: £675

  • Perforated Windsor leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ebony headlining + sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Light Oyster headlining + sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Light Oyster, Ebony/Light Oyster colourway, Ebony headlining + sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Light Oyster, Ebony/Light Oyster colourway, Light Oyster headlining + sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Mars Red, Ebony/Mars red colourway, Ebony headlining + sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Mars Red, Ebony/Mars red colourway, Light Oyster headlining + sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Siena Tan, Ebony/Siena Tan colourway, Ebony headlining + sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Siena Tan, Ebony/Siena Tan colourway, Light Oyster headlining + sports seats: £0

  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - style 5121: £0
  • 18" 7 split spoke gloss silver alloy wheel - style 7009: £0
  • 18" 7 split spoke gloss black alloy wheel - style 7009: £0
  • 18" 10 split spoke gloss black with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 1049: £0
  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 5029: £0
  • 19" 5 split spoke gloss silver alloy wheels - style 5071: £300
  • 19" 5 split spoke gloss silver with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 5031: £300
  • 19" 5 split spoke gloss black alloy wheels - style 5031: £300
  • 19" 10 spoke gloss dark grey with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 1050: Included
  • 20" 10 spoke satin grey with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 1014: £900

  • Tyre repair system: Included
  • Reduced section alloy spare wheel: £185

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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