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The hotly anticipated new Jaguar XE is available to order now with deliveries from May, so as we wait for its arrival, Trusted Dealers takes a look at the latest model from Jaguar and what it offers prospective buyers.
Built to rival models such as the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-Class, prices for the Jaguar XE start from £26,995 for the entry-level petrol XE, with the range-topping performance S model car costing £44,870.
The XE is available in a range of petrol and diesel engines but experts anticipate the best-seller will be the 2.0-litre diesel engine with 161bhp and 99g/km CO2 which costs £29.775 to buy and exempts owners from paying any road tax. This is the most efficient Jaguar in the range delivering an average economy of 75mpg when equipped with a 6 speed manual gearbox. Choose an 8-speed automatic and figures are reduced to 71.7mpg. Both figures eclipse that of rivals. The range of new efficient diesel engines offered with the XE are part of a new range of all-new turbo-charged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from Jaguar known as Ingenium, which the firm says, will deliver class-leading fuel efficiency, refinement and performance.
The Jaguar XE rides well, its firm but forgiving, and we expect refinement to be even better on the production car. The electric power-steering reacts quickly and offers plenty of feel. The brakes are responsive too thanks to the Torque Vectoring braking system which allows for a sharp turn-in and reduces understeer. Grip is excellent too.
The XE is a spacious saloon offering plenty of room to occupants – even the tallest of passengers won’t be cramped in the back as head room and leg room is plentiful. The boot is slightly smaller than a 3-series and it appears slightly more narrow but the space offered will be ample for most with 450 litres of capacity as standard.
Depending which engine you opt for, there are up to four different Jaguar XE trim levels to choose from. Entry-level Jaguar XE SE models are equipped with sat-nav, cruise control, 17-inch alloys, DAB digital radio and a leather steering wheel. Jaguar XE Prestige models add heated seats and blue ambient lighting whilst XE Portfolio buyers have a choice of leather colours, an upgraded Meridian audio system, 10-way electric front seats, bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Jaguar XE R-Sport comes with leather seats, sports suspension, LED daytime running lights and two-tone 18-inch alloys. The XE also has a new generation infotainment system designed to integrate with a driver’s smartphone, both to control the car functions and manage their day while on the road.
Despite the XE not yet being crash tested, we’re confident it will score a full five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash tests, mainly due to the strength of the aluminium architecture and other additional safety systems in place such as a pop-up bonnet which is triggered if a pedestrian was to hit the front of the car as well as an All Surface Progress Control system – a low speed cruise control function for slippery conditions. The XE also benefits from stereo sensors which scan the road ahead for potential hazards abd can trigger the brakes and a colour head-up display system.
Should I buy one?
Built to rival the German badges, the Jaguar XE is designed to provide a superior cutting edge chassis, engine and in-cabin technology as well as stronger residual values, predicted to retain 45% of its value over 3 years or 30,000 miles. Servicing and maintenance costs of the XE look set to undercut rivals, too and Jaguar is keen for the XE to be affordable to run, so it is offering fixed-cost servicing options for the diesel models.