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Jaguar XE R-Sport 180PS Auto AWD
The Jaguar brand means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Growing up in the 1970’s it was the weapon of choice for almost all the British crooks portrayed on TV, a car that in reality when new anyway, was driven by senior management & company directors. Only the used versions were in reach of pub landlords & second hand garage owners across the land, often in mustard yellow or British racing green. I can remember a school friends dad being given a white XJ as his company car in 1981. White with red leather seats. It was gorgeous & six of us travelled up to Wimbledon in it, to watch the tennis there that year.
It wasn’t until the late 1990’s that Jaguar, then owned by Ford, decided to build a smaller model, one that would appeal to middle-management. Hey presto in 2001 the X-Type appeared & although it looked like a Jag, was equipped like a Jag, underneath, it was really a Ford & despite the Jaguar looks it didn’t sell particularly well. Fast-forward to 2015 & Jaguar now owned by Tata launched the XE, a baby brother for the supremely excellent XF.
First of all the good points, for there are lot’s of them. The XE looks fabulous, even better then the larger XF. Inside, the cabin offers the best of modern design & comes very well equipped. I was lucky enough to be driving the R-Sport model & standard equipment included, cruise control, DAB, emergency brake assist EBA, stability & traction control, rear parking aid & autonomous emergency braking. Best of all, the XE drives superbly. Whatever Jaguar’s engineers have done to the XE’s chassis should be patented. It offers the right balance of road holding fun with a touch of firmness that is just right, making it a comfortable car to drive either around town or on the motorway. In fact, it’s as much fun & as comfortable as the 3 Series & is an all-round better performer than the over-firm A4, high praise indeed.
Powered by the 2 -litre 180PS engine, my test car came with an 8-speed auto gear box which didn’t reduce my enjoyment of the XE in any way. This model feels fast, actually hitting 60 mph in 7.5 seconds & will go onto reach a top speed of 140mph. Business customers will be more interested in it’s tax implications & these don’t disappoint either, with the combined fuel economy claimed at 60.6 mpg on the combined cycle & emissions of 123g/km. As usual, we kept an eye on our fuel economy over the 7 days we had it & in the 300+ miles we drove in the XE we averaged 41.3mpg, on a mix of urban, extra urban & motorway driving.
There are other models in the range that will get you much closer to the claimed combined fuel figure & has lower emissions. Using Jaguar’s advanced Lightweight Aluminium Architecture & high-tech Ingenium engines, the XE is the most efficient non-hybrid car in its class with fuel economy of up to 75mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km. As well as its business-friendly emissions the XE also boasts the highest three-year/60,000-mile residual value in the segment, so if your business outright purchases, then this is further good news. Entry level XE SE starts at a competitive £28,295 & comes with emissions of 106g/km a combined fuel economy of 68.9mpg.
Inside the cabin, the XE doesn’t disappoint. Al fixtures & fittings are of high quality & fit together seamlessly. The modern Jag is the equal of the German marques in this respect, but clearly has it’s own identity, with the cylindrical pop-up auto gear changer & an easier to use & understand dashboard than it’s German rivals.
Whilst the XE may have an awful lot going for it, it is most definitely lacking in rear passenger & boot space. Unlike the larger XF, which is excellent in this respect, the XE feels a little cramped in the rear. To be fair, headroom is okay, but if there is a tall driver sitting in front of you & you are a six-footer, there isn’t a lot of room for your legs & compared to the 3 Series, A4 & even the C-Class it does feel tight in there. Similarly, the boot is narrow from left to right & shallow from back to front with just 455 litres on offer compared to its competitors, which all have at least 480 litres or more. I am being picky, because this lack of rear legroom & smallish boot space, are the only draw backs in what is a really excellent car from Jaguar.
In conclusion, the XE is THE best looking car in the class & drives as well as the 3 Series & is better to drive than both the A4 & C-Class. What’s not to like ?
A Handsome Devil 4/5
XE R-Sport 2.0 180PS AWD Auto
. 8-Speed Automatic Transmission
· Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVBB)
· Jaguar Drive Control
· Cruise Control with Automatic Speed Limiter (ASL)
· Brake Pad Wear Indicator
· Approach Illumination
· Dynamic Stability Control & Traction Control
· Autonomous Emergency Braking
. Approach illumination
· Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
· Jaguar Tyre Repair System
· DAB Radio
. 2-Zone Climate Control. Traffic Sign Recognition & Intelligent Speed Limiter
. Electric Parking Brake
. Auto high Beam Assist