Jaguar XE. Prices from: £31,505

Jaguar XE

Auto Express Compact Executive Car of the Year 2016


Jaguar’s XE is a compact executive saloon par excellence, offering sublime looks and power as well as a sumptuous interior and astonishingly low running costs. Company car drivers and private buyers alike will enjoy its excellent driving dynamics and wealth of driver-convenience technology, as well as the prestige that comes with the Jaguar name.


Along with its strong frame and a host of airbags, the XE provides an array of highly sophisticated active safety measures to drivers, making it one of the most secure vehicles on the road. Effective stability-enhancing systems are supported by a number of aids to driver alertness and concentration. Adaptive Cruise Control and an autonomous Emergency Braking system are complemented by a traffic light recognition and lane departure warning functions, preventing dangerous situations. A “Heads Up Display” also enables drivers to keep their eyes on the road ahead at all times. Slipping fixings even minimise damage if the vehicle accidentally mounts a kerb.


The brainchild of world-famous designer Ian Cullum, the XE presents an unmistakeably “Jaguar" face to the world with its prominent mesh grille, sweeping headlights and large air intakes. With its low roofline and a cabin set well back from the long bonnet, the model looks more like a coupé than a saloon. 

And this is no mere optical illusion – the XE has the lowest drag coefficient of any Jaguar in history at just 0.26 Cd. Its aerodynamic qualities aid both performance and fuel efficiency, along with a lightweight and advanced aluminium structure which reduces weight whilst increasing torsional rigidity.

A cabin reminiscent of the manufacturer's celebrated F-TYPE sportscar emphasises the driver-focused nature of the vehicle.

The substantial length and wheelbase of the XE means it can allow ample space for five large adults.

The faultless craftsmanship, as well as a deep centre console offering access to a multitude of practical and infotainment features, completes the sense of comfort and wellbeing.


At present, the only engine confirmed in the XE lineup is a 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine delivering 340PS and 450Nm of torque at 4500rpm.

The result, in the context of the vehicle's lightweight and aerodynamic frame, is impressive – the XE goes from stationary to 60mph in just 4.9 seconds, and can achieve an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

An eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift controls guarantees access to vast reserves of power every time you accelerate. 

A greater variety of engine choices will be revealed as the XE's date of release approaches.

The centre console is home to a vast selection of driver-convenience technology, including the type of in-car communications functions so vital to business users.

The InControl infotainment system is based around its 8" touchscreen, and enables occupants to use smartphone apps or their Wi-Fi connection.

Vehicle length 4672 mm / 183.9 in
Vehicle width 1850 mm / 72.8 in
Vehicle height (unladen) 1416 mm / 55.7 in
Wheelbase 2835 mm / 111.6 in
Unladen Weight (DIN) from 1474 kg
Engine / Cylinders 3.0-litre/6
Max Torque 450 nm @ 4500rpm
Max Power 250 kW @ 6500 rpm
Top Speed 155 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph / 4.9 sec
Combined Cycle 33.9 mpg
Urban Cycle mpg
CO2 194 g/km

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