2018 Jaguar XE Diesel Sedan

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2018 MODEL
$37,225 - $49,825 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

Jaguar is known for its iconic premium cars that offer a perfect blend of both luxury and sport. The all-new 2018 Jaguar XE is no exception to this. With company’s new much refined 25t 2.0 L Turbocharged engine, Jaguar has tried to present the most sporty sedan in this segment.


Starting at the price segment of $35,725, the Jaguar XE is a looker and it mesmerizes you into its charm the moment you lay your eyes on this car. The Top trim costs a hefty $56,500 but it is value for money as it offers pretty good features and intuitive tech suite. Jaguar seems to know what it’s doing by attracting its first-time buyers with the sporty engine and elegant looks which its target customers will really appreciate.

The XE is a direct competition to 2018 models of Audi A4, BMW 3-series, and the Mercedes Benz C Class. It is really hard to compete with these brands but Jaguar is no joke when it comes to delivering what consumers want. Following the self-driving cars trend, Jaguar has also improved on its Cruise control system by introducing the All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), which allows you to maintain the speed no matter what the surface is. This is a feature we’d definitely like to see in rival cars.

2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan Features

The new Jaguar XE is available in 6 trims ranging from $35,725 to $56,500 with significant changes along the line. All the variants of Jaguar XE can be ordered in both rear or all-wheel-drive but the later can be expected to be more common in the market. All the trims are powered by Jaguar's 2.0 L Turbocharged Engine with Diesel option also available, except the Jaguar XE S which is powered by a 380 hp Supercharged V6 engine.

Trims

XE

XE Premium

XE Prestige

XE R-Sport

XE S

XE Portfolio

Starting MSRP

$35,725

$38,325

$42,225

$45,825

$52,275

$56,500

Features

Choice of 247 hp turbocharged gas or 180 hp turbocharged diesel engines Available AWD

17" alloy wheels

All Surface Progress Control

Jaguar Sound System with HD Radio

Electric tilt & slide glass moonroof

Available 296 hp turbocharged Ingenium engine

18" or 19" alloy wheels (30t only)

Auto-dimming and power-folding exterior door mirrors

Driver seat and exterior mirror memory

Rear-folding seat (40:20:40 split)

Meridian 380W Sound System with 11 speakers

18" or 19" alloy wheels (30t only)

Grained leather seats with contrast stitch

Heated front seats and heated steering wheel

4-way front seat power lumbar support

Power steering column adjustment

Perforated Grained leather Sports seats with contrast stitch

"R-Sport' body kit

Adaptive Xenon headlights with LED signature daytime running lights and Auto High Beam Assist

Lane Keep Assist & Driver Condition Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor with Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection

Emergency Braking

380 hp Supercharged V6 engine

19-Inch Alloy Wheels

18-way Grained Leather and Suede cloth Sport seats with Suede cloth inserts and contrast stitch

'S' body kit

Adaptive Dynamics with Configurable Dynamics

Bright Metal Pedals

296 hp turbocharged Ingenium engine

19-Inch Alloy Wheels

18-way perforated Windsor Leather seats

Yulong White Exterior

Sienna Tan interior

We Recommend

The best buying option would be the Jaguar XE R Sport. Even though it is priced just in between the base and the top end trim. Jaguar XE R Sport variant has all the features one would require for practical purposes. You do lose a little on the comfort and more on the premium interiors as compared to the XE Portfolio but saving $10,000 seems to be worth the pain. However, for those who prefer speed over luxury, Jaguar XE S is for you as the Supercharged V6 engine is a much better performer than the Turbocharged Ingenium engine found in XE Portfolio.

2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan Engine

Engine and Transmission

Jaguar has really outdone itself in the XE with its new and improved Turbocharged Ingenium engine. The V6 Supercharged engine found in XE S trim also gets the upgraded 380 hp variant. The company is also giving the consumers the option of a Diesel engine. All the powertrains are paired with either 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission.

Models

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

Starting MSRP

$35,725

$36,000

$39,900

$40,250

Engine Type

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

Power (hp)

247

190

180

241

Torque (lb-ft)

269

236

200

273

Just like its rivals, the Jaguar XE comes with 2.0 L Turbocharged Inline 4 cylinder engine but the XE leads in term of horsepower output measured at 247 hp while Audi A4 and BMW 3 series clock in at around 190 hp. Torque too is on the higher side in this segment at 269 lb-ft only being surpassed by Mercedes Benz C Class at 273 lb.-ft.

Acceleration

Thanks to its refreshed Ingenium engine, the Jaguar XE leaves the competition in the dust with 0-60mph time being just 6.0 seconds. The Jaguar XE with a zesty V6 takes 5.1 seconds to reach 60 MPH which is seriously quick. Tap that pedal and you will experience pure racing lust from this beast.

Model

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

0-60 MPH

6.0 seconds

6.8 seconds

7.1 seconds

6.2 seconds

Quarter Mile

14.7 seconds

15.2 seconds

15.7 seconds

14.7 seconds

Engine Displacement

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

The XE destroys every rival when it comes to acceleration. In comparison, only Mercedes-Benz C Class comes close to XE with 0-60 MPH speed of 6.2 seconds. The Audi A4 and BMW 3-series take 6.8 seconds and 7.1 seconds to reach 60 MPH from the standstill, losing out pretty badly to the Jaguar XE.

Ride and Handling

Jaguar is always known for its ride experience and this car is no exception to this. The steering on Jaguar XE feels well-weighted without being too light at higher speeds but at the same time being light and handy when the speeds are slow.

The suspension is typical Jaguar Sports suspension which feels a bit on the harsher side but gets the work done at the end of the day. The wheels also tend to lose some traction during heavy winters, nothing some new wheels can't solve, but for rest of the year, cruising with this car won't be a problem.

Braking

Braking is the most important aspect when it comes to safety. A seconds delay in braking can make all the difference between life and death. Jaguar XE has pretty decent 60-0 MPH braking distance at 123 feet which may not be impressive

For further assurance, you get disc brakes on both front and rear wheels. The brake pedal feels a little smooshy when hit hard but for softer turns and curves, you won't feel any such problem.

Model

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

Front Brake Rotor Diam*Thickness (in)

13.8

12.4

12.3

13

Disc-Front

yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Disc-Rear

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam*Thickness (in)

12.8

11.8

11.8

11.8

60-0 MPH (feet)

123

105

123

131

Audi A4 takes only 105 feet to come to halt from 60 MPH which is by far the best in comparison to its rivals. The 3-Series is at par with the Jaguar XE when it comes to 60-0 MPH time while the C Class has the least efficient braking because of the extra weight it carries.

2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan Fuel Economy

The Jaguar XE manages to achieve an impressive fuel economy even after all this power is churned out from this beauty. The company claims an average MPG of 28 with lows touching the 25 MPG mark in the city and highway fuel economy being 34 MPG.

Model

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

City (MPG)

25

27

24

24

Highway (MPG)

34

37

34

33

Combined (MPG)

28

31

27

27

Sure, Audi A4 gives you better economy at 31 MPG but Jaguar XE still manages to compete in Eco mode. The car easily gives a fuel economy near 40 MPG on the highway when driven on Eco mode. Now, that's an impressive figure right there

2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan Interior

Seating and Comfort

Remember, when we mentioned about the lesser length of the XE than rival cars and how it would affect the seating, here are the statistics. The driver and passenger seats are well cushioned and provide great comfort. Even for the tall people, it won't be a problem to drive the XE as the seats come with multiple adjustment capabilities.

Model

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Head Room (in)

37.0

38.9

40.3

40.9

Front Leg Room (in)

41.5

41.3

42

41.7

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56.8

55.9

55.1

55.3

Second Head Room (in)

37.0

37.4

37.7

37.1

Second Leg Room (in)

35.0

35.7

35.1

35.2

Second Shoulder Room (in)

54.7

54.5

55.1

55

However, for the people in the rear, the seats don't offer much comfort and also the legroom is pretty tight. Jaguar XE is comfortable for 5 passengers at a time but the main issue lies within the much lesser headroom which some of its rival cars are better at.

Cargo Volume

In terms of the trunk capacity, Jaguar XE easily beats the competition with its 15.9 square feet volume. In comparison, the Audi A4 and BMW 3 series only have 13 square feet trunk volume while the Mercedes Benz C class falls further behind.

Model

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Trunk Volume (ft3)

15.9

13

13

12.6

However, this huge trunk volume is limited by the narrow trunk opening given in the XE which is a big turn-off if you want to pack some big stuff.

Infotainment System

The 2018 Jaguar XE provides an 8-inch bright touch screen panel as standard which just sits in the optimal position with easy access to the driver as well as the passengers. The on-screen buttons are pretty big making it easy to use for the driver. The infotainment freezes sometimes or reacts very slow to the touches which Jaguar needs to work at. Some of the standard infotainment features include:

  • Bluetooth
  • USB/AUX
  • 6-speaker Audio
  • Voice Recognition

Interior Features

  • The "Wrap Dash' makes you feel like wrapped in a comfortable cocoon of leather
  • Dual Climate Control Zones
  • Mood Lighting
  • Herringbone perforation Windsor Leather seats

The XE Portfolio also comes with Sienna Tan Interior. Overall the dashboard design borrows the same philosophy as the exterior of the car - smooth, consistent and elegant.

2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan Exterior

Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Jaguar XE measures around 183.9 inches in length, 72.8 inches in breadth, and 55.8 inches in height. These dimensions make the XE slightly wider than the competition but it still is not as long as the Audi A4 and Mercedes C Class which measure 186.1 inches and 184.5 inches in length respectively. The Jaguar XE has a base curb weight of 3395 lbs and the wheelbase is set at 111.6 inches.

Model

2018 Jaguar XE

2018 Audi A4

2018 BMW 3-Series

2018 Mercedes-Benz C Class

Length (in)

183.9

186.1

182.5

184.5

Width (in)

72.8

72.5

71.3

71.3

Height (in)

55.8

56.2

56.3

56.8

Wheelbase (in)

111.6

111

110.6

111.8

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3395

3450

3295

3594

Track Width, Front (in)

62.8

61.9

60.3

61.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.4

61.2

61.9

60.9

Features

  • 19-inch Sporty Alloy Wheels
  • Adaptive Xenon headlights
  • Jaguar's Signature "J' Blade Daytime Running lights
  • Electric Tilt and Slide Moonroof

2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan Safety

Safety has not been compromised in the XE as you get the driver and front passenger airbags with passenger seat occupant detector, side airbags for both front and rear with full-length side window curtain airbags. The Crash test ratings from NHTSA and IIHS are not yet available. Some of the standard safety features include:

  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Powered Child locks
  • Seat Belt Reminder
  • Airbags - driver and front passenger, with seat occupant detector for passenger
  • Front side airbags
  • Full-length side window curtain airbags
  • Front-seat whiplash protection
  • ISOFIX rear

2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan Competition

BMW 3 Series

For performance enthusiasts, Jaguar XE seems to be a more potent option than the BMW 23 series especially at the base price but if you go higher on the price ladder, BMW has a lot more to offer with more cabin space and a more intuitive infotainment system than the XE. The added luxury features in BMW easily win over Jaguar's beefier engine.

Audi A4

The performance of both these cars is neck to neck so you can't go wrong with either of them but the lack of luxury in Jaguar XE shows up over and again which makes you switch to the Audi A4 whose interiors feel far more worth the price you are paying. You also get minor improvements like improved infotainment system and Apple CarPlay connectivity.

Mercedes Benz C Class

Mercedes Benz C Class may not be as fast as the Jaguar XE but what you get is one of the classiest cabins in the segment that screams premium all over. You also get additional safety features like Driver Drowsiness Monitoring system and the company' signature Collision Prevention Assist.

2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan Final Verdict

The Jaguar XE brings everything you would want to the table but it still lacks something. The XE easily has the potential of being the perfect car in this segment if it wasn't for one or two flaws and the flaws are such that cannot be overlooked at all. Jaguar XE is one of the best performers in its segment but the transmission lag is a huge disappointment for an engine with such potential.

This car is also easily one of the gorgeous cars in the market, both on the outside and inside but the lack of headroom and legroom is a bit disadvantaged. It has the largest trunk volume in its class but then again, the narrow trunk opening doesn't do proper justice to the beefy cargo space.

Overall, Jaguar XE is almost the perfect sports sedan with a touch of elegance but considering others in competition is always an option.

 

Pros

Sleek and Elegant Looks

Comfortable Driving Experience

Cons

Automatic Transmission is below average

Interior not as luxurious as rivals

Narrow Trunk Opening

What's New?

All Surface Progress Control (APSC)

Improved Traction control for driving in winters

Structural integrity has been greatly improved

V6 Engine option boosted to 380 hp



Styles

 2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan in Fuji White color  2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan in Firenze Red Metallic color  2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan in Corris Gray Metallic color  2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan in Carpathian Gray Metallic color  2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan in Caesium Blue Metallic color
Fuji White

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan 20d

20d

power
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
34 combined

$37,225 - $39,725


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
20d 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $37,225 MSRP (32/36/42) 180 hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, I4, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
20d 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $39,725 MSRP (30/34/40) 180 hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, I4, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan 20d Premium

20d Premium

power
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
34 combined

$39,825 - $42,325


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
20d Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $39,825 MSRP (32/36/42) 180 hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, I4, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
20d Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $42,325 MSRP (30/34/40) 180 hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, I4, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan 20d Prestige

20d Prestige

power
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
34 combined

$43,725 - $46,225


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
20d Prestige 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $43,725 MSRP (32/36/42) 180 hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, I4, diesel fuel
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
20d Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $46,225 MSRP (30/34/40) 180 hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, I4, diesel fuel
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

 2018 Jaguar XE diesel Sedan 20d R-Sport

20d R-Sport

power
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
fuel
Diesel fuel
mpg
34 combined

$47,325 - $49,825


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
20d R-Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $47,325 MSRP (32/36/42) 180 hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, I4, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5 NA
20d R-Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $49,825 MSRP (30/34/40) 180 hp @ 4000 rpm, 2 L, I4, diesel fuel
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5 NA

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