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|
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|