2017 Jaguar XE Sedan

#87
in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$34,900 - $58,000

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Overview

European cars have always had a certain flair about them, these cars are more exotic and boasts of a superior visual expertise that wasn't so well captured by American cars. Jaguar is definitely one of the best examples of this. During their heyday, they were one of the best car manufacturers in the world. The E-type was, and still is, the most beautiful car ever designed by human kind.

Jaguar, after suffering a terrible bout of ownership changes, has finally settled comfortably in its place, now owned by Tata Motors, one of the biggest automobile companies in India. Their cars, which were being criticized for their shoddy build quality and lackluster driving experience, have finally shed their old skins and come on top as new and improved products.

To test how well Jaguar has managed to build its new 2017 XE, we have provided an in-depth review below, complete with comparisons from the best in the segment cars, which are the Audi A4, the BMW 3-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz C Class.

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Pros

Great handling

Wonderful looks

Great variety of options

Cons

Laggy infotainment system

Refinement levels are low

Not the best ride quality

What's New?

The 2017 XE is actually an entirely new car for Jaguar

X-type lineup

Entire range revamped

Complete with various different engine options.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

240 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

251 lb.-ft. @ 1750 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.8 in. ventilated disc brakes/13.8 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

111.6 in.

length

183.9 in.

width

72.8 in.

height

55.7 in.

curb weight

3350 lbs.

ground clearance

4.05 in.

capacity

cargo volume

14.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

11.9 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/30 mpg

highway range

498 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan in British Racing Green Metallic color  2017 Jaguar XE Sedan in Polaris White color  2017 Jaguar XE Sedan in Caesium Blue Metallic color  2017 Jaguar XE Sedan in Ingot color  2017 Jaguar XE Sedan in Ammonite Gray Metallic color
British Racing Green Metallic

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Ratings

Features

6.6

Engine

7.2

Fuel Economy

7.2

Interior

6.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.1

Driving

8.1

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 25t

25t

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$34,900

Configurations
25t 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (21/24/30)
HP: 240 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 251 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 20d

20d

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$36,400 - $38,900

Configurations
20d 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 180-hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 318 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (32/36/42)
20d 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 180-hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 318 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (30/34/40)

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 25t Premium

25t Premium

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$37,500

Configurations
25t Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (21/24/30)
HP: 240 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 251 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 20d Premium

20d Premium

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$39,000 - $41,500

Configurations
20d Premium 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 180-hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 318 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (32/36/42)
20d Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 180-hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 318 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (30/34/40)

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 25t Prestige

25t Prestige

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$41,400

Configurations
25t Prestige 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (21/24/30)
HP: 340 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 251 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 35t Premium

35t Premium

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$41,700 - $44,200

Configurations
35t Premium 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (21/24/30)
Torque: 332 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm
35t Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20/23/29)
Torque: 332 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 20d Prestige

20d Prestige

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$42,900 - $45,400

Configurations
20d Prestige 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 180-hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 318 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (32/36/42)
20d Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 180-hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 318 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (30/34/40)

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 35t Prestige

35t Prestige

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$45,600 - $48,100

Configurations
35t Prestige 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (21/24/30)
HP: 340 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 332 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm
35t Prestige 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20/23/29)
Torque: 332 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 20d R-Sport

20d R-Sport

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$46,500 - $49,000

Configurations
20d R-Sport 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 180-hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 318 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (32/36/42)
20d R-Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
Seating: 5 HP: 180-hp @ 4,000 rpm
Torque: 318 lbs.-ft. @ 1,750 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (30/34/40)

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 35t R-Sport

35t R-Sport

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$49,200 - $51,700

Configurations
35t R-Sport 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (21/24/30)
HP: 340 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 332 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm
35t R-Sport 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20/23/29)
HP: 340 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 332 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

 2017 Jaguar XE Sedan 35t First Edition

35t First Edition

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$55,500 - $58,000

Configurations
35t First Edition 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 8AM)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8AM
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (21//30)
HP: 340 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 332 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm
35t First Edition 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8AM)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8AM
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20//29)
HP: 340 -hp @ 6500-rpm Torque: 332 lbs.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 25, 2018

7.3

Overall Rating


6.6/10
Features

 

7.2/10
Engine

 

7.2/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

European cars have always had a certain flair about them, a sense of visual expertise that wasn’t so well captured by American cars. Jaguar is definitely one of the best examples of this. During their heyday, they were one of the best car manufacturers in the world. The E-type was, and still is, the most beautiful car ever designed by humankind.

Jaguar, after suffering a terrible bout of ownership changes, has finally settled comfortably in its place, now owned by Tata Motors, one of the biggest automobile companies in India. Their cars, which were being criticized for their shoddy build quality and lackluster driving experience, have finally shed their old skins and come on top as new and improved products.

To test how well Jaguar has managed to build its new 2017 XE, we have provided an in-depth review below, complete with comparisons from the best in the segment cars, which are the Audi A4, the BMW 3-Series, and the Mercedes-Benz C Class.

Features

6.6/10

The Jaguar XE is available in multiple trims and variants. There is the base variant, which $34,900, and has the less powerful budget engines, with both a gasoline and a diesel option. All the other trims add more equipment along with more horsepower to the mix. In increasing order of luxuries, there is the XE Premium trim, then the XE Prestige, the XE R-Sport, and the XE First Edition.

Trims XE XE Premium XE Prestige XE R-Sport XE First Edition
Starting MSRP $34,900 $37,500 $41,400 $46,500 $55,500
Features Choice of 240 HP turbocharged gas or 180 HP turbocharged diesel engines Available AWD Available 340 HP turbocharged Ingeniu engine 4-way front seat power lumbar support Lane Keep Assist & Driver Condition Monitor 340 HP Supercharged V6 engine
17” alloy wheels 18” or 19” alloy wheels (30t only) 18” or 19” alloy wheels (30t only) ‘R-Sport’ body kit 19-Inch Alloy Wheels
All Surface Progress Control Auto-dimming and power-folding exterior door mirrors Power steering column adjustment Emergency Braking Bright Metal Pedals
Jaguar Sound System with HD Radio Meridian 380W Sound System with 11 speakers Heated front seats and heated steering wheel Blind Spot Monitor with Closing Vehicle Sensing and Reverse Traffic Detection ’S’ body kit
Electric tilt & slide glass moonroof Driver seat and exterior mirror memory Grained leather seats with contrast stitch

Perforated Grained leather Sports seats with contrast stitch

18-way Grained Leather and Suede cloth Sport seats with Suede cloth inserts and contrast stitch
  Rear-folding seat (40:20:40 split)   Adaptive Xenon headlights with LED signature daytime running lights and Auto High Beam Assist Adaptive Dynamics with Configurable Dynamics

We recommend

The base model XE is by no means a bad car, it is actually a genuinely nice car for a great price. For that money, you get all the necessary standard equipment, while the engines are very economical yet punchy.

For the people who aren’t bothered much by the price tags on their toys, just go ahead and buy the 340 horsepower V6 powered XE First Edition. The go-faster parts on this variant, combined with the higher power output make it a good urban commuter and a better track tool.

Engine

7.2/10

 To that end, the XE features a sport-tuned suspension and a variety of powertrains. A 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four serves as the base engine and is rated at 240 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. -TheMotorTrend

Engine and Transmission

There are three engine options available for the Jaguar XE, the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 240 horsepower, an extremely frugal inline-four turbodiesel with a whopping 318 pound-feet of torque, and a stirring supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower.

The Turbodiesel and V6 petrol engine options are available with all-wheel drive, while rear-wheel drive can be had for all the three engines. The power is sent to them via an 8-speed automatic gearbox, same for all engine options. There is no manual, which is a slight disappointment, as it could have helped add character to the car.

Models Jaguar XE Audi A4 BMW 3-Series Mercedes-Benz C Class
Starting MSRP $34,900 $34,900 $34,900 $39,500
Engine Type 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4
Power (HP) 240 190 180 241
Torque (lb.-ft.) 251 236 200 273

All the competitors in this segment offer the same formula for their base models, i.e., they all sport a 2 liter turbocharged inline-4. The power figures, however, vary quite a lot for each. The BMW 3-series base models only put out 180 horsepower, while Audi A4 manages 190 HP for the same. Mercedes makes one horsepower more than the Jag, at 241 HP, which makes it the most powerful here.

Acceleration

Jaguar brand has been synonymous with fast cars that handle great. The XE upholds that legacy, being every bit as fast as the fastest cars out there. Even the least powerful base engine does a great job pulling the car, reaching from a standstill to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. The quarter-mile run is completed in only 16.6 seconds, which is great for an entry-level model.

Models Jaguar XE Audi A4 BMW 3-Series Mercedes-Benz C Class
0-60 MPH 4.9 seconds 6.8 seconds 7.1 seconds 6.2 seconds
Quarter Mile 16.6 seconds 15.2 seconds 15.7 seconds 14.7 seconds
Engine Displacement 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L

The less powerful competitors take longer to reach the 60 mph mark, understandably, while the slightly more powerful Mercedes also is slightly slower. This is a little surprising, but then again, the Merc is a little heavier than the Jag. The quarter-mile run is a different story though. All the other cars here are faster than the Jag, with a margin of at least a second.

Braking

Jaguar XE sports a pair of Disc brakes on both ends, front and back. The braking figures are fine, although they aren’t particularly impressive. The pedal feel isn’t too bad either, although there is about an inch of travel before the brakes respond to your call.

Models Jaguar XE Audi A4 BMW 3-Series Mercedes-Benz C Class
Front Brake Rotor Diameter Thickness (in) 12.8 12.4 12.3 13
Rear Brake Rotor Diameter Thickness (in) 12.8 12.8 11.8 11.8
60-0 MPH (feet) 123 105 123 131

All the cars in this comparison come fitted with disc brakes on all corners, although only the A4 shows some impressive braking performance. The 3-series BMW is just as lackluster with its deceleration as the Jag, while the C-Class posts even poorer braking figures.

Ride and Handling

Handling is one of the strongest suits of the XE, with outstanding body control and minimum body roll. The ride quality doesn’t suffer much for the handling though, and there is plenty of grip for the standard tires, although the summer tires are noticeably better. The steering is also electric instead of hydraulic, which robs it of a lot of feedback.

As for handling, the BMW offers the best driving experience of all the cars here. It beats the Jag in the corners and the steering has different modes to adjust the feel as per the driver’s convenience. The Merc and the Audi are much more comfort-oriented, and prefer ride quality over handling.

Fuel Economy

7.2/10

The more powerful a car, the thirstier it is, especially in the case of the XE. Its higher power output sacrifices fuel efficiency, although it still manages quite impressive figures. It can manage 21 miles in the city and 30 miles on the highway, on a gallon of fuel each. This brings the average efficiency to about 24 miles per gallon.

Models

Jaguar XE

Audi A4

BMW 3-Series

Mercedes-Benz C Class

City (MPG)

21

27

23

24

Highway (MPG)

30

37

35

34

Combined (MPG)

24

31

28

28

Audi surprises with the A4, which manages magical fuel efficiency figures of 27 mpg and 37 mpg in the city and on the highway respectively. Even the BMW and the Mercedes manage better economy than the Jag.

Interior

6.0/10

The front seats are grippy where it counts, forgiving where they need to be, covered in leather in most cases. -TheCarConnection

Seating and Comfort

The Jaguar has a nice amount of space inside the cabin, especially in the front. The rear seats are a bit cramped, although they still do fine by its class standards. The cabin feels quite roomy and the seat fabric is very plush, making you feel comfortable the moment you enter inside.

The comfort in the cabin is hurt a little by the ride quality, which can feel a bit harsh over the rough patches. Over the better roads, you won’t even feel a thing.

Models Jaguar XE Audi A4 BMW 3-Series Mercedes-Benz C Class
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5 5
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 38.9 40.3 37.1
Front Leg Room (in) 44.3 41.3 42 41.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.2 55.9 55.1 54.7
Second Head Room (in) 37.0 37.4 37.7 36.9
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 35.7 35.1 33.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 54.5 55.1 55.0

The Audi A4 has the best interiors and ride quality in this class without a doubt. The Mercedes runs a close second, and to the untrained eye, the difference won’t even be visible. The BMW has great interiors, but ride quality brings the comfort levels significantly down.

Infotainment system

All the different trims of the Jaguar XE come loaded with a version of Jaguar’s InControl Touch infotainment system. You can either have the standard InControl Touch, or the premium, larger, navigation-equipped InControl Touch Pro. The standard features of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 8.0-inch touch screen display (10.2-inch for the InControl Touch Pro)
  • 17 speaker Meridian audio system
  • 3G data connectivity (Optional)
  • Wi-Fi hotspot (Optional)
  • AUX and USB Input
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Cargo Capacity

The Jaguar XE offers best in class Cargo space, a mediocre capacity of 14.7 liters. That would be enough to hold luggage for one person, or two if you push it. For more carrying capacity, you will have to put your luggage on the rear seats, which means seating capacity goes down.

Models Jaguar XE Audi A4 BMW 3-Series Mercedes-Benz C Class
Trunk Volume (ft3) 14.7 13 13 12.6

The competition offers even poorer space in the trunk, and it is apparent that these cars weren’t built for the occasional weekend family trip. They were designed for the urban sprawl, which means they must be able to manage groceries, which they easily do (obviously).

Exterior

8.0/10

Although we would’ve preferred more originality with the exterior design, the sheetmetal does feature a few interesting lines and curves.  -MotorTrend

Dimensions and Weight

The XE is an entry level mid-size saloon car, and as such it has the dimensions of mid-size saloon car. The length is just a smidge below 184 inches, and the width is just below 73 inches. It isn’t a drag to negotiate traffic in this, but the long wheelbase does make it a bit more effort than not.

It is also a fair bit heavy, although not by much. The weight certainly hurts its performance and fuel economy though, but handling is spared from its effects. The curb weight, i.e., the weight of the car with all the fluids and a tank full of gas, is 3350 pounds, which sits in the middle of this segment.

Models

Jaguar XE

Audi A4

BMW 3-Series

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)

55.7

56.2

56.3

56.8

Wheelbase (in)

111.6

111

110.6

111.8

Base Curb Weight (lbs.)

3350

3450

3295

3417

Track Width, Front (in)

62.9

61.9

60.3

61.5

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.9

61.2

61.9

60.9

The BMW 3-series is the only car that manages to be lighter than the Jag, although even then it isn’t particularly light. The other two are significantly heavier, and the Audi is also significantly larger in dimensions too.

Exterior Features

Some features on the exterior include:

  • All LED headlights (DRLs are optional)
  • Cornering Headlamps (optional)
  • An upright, open, meshed Front grille
  • Alloy wheels in different sizes

Safety

8.1/10

The Jaguar XE comes loaded with plenty of safety features, the most significant of which are listed below.

  • 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

Competition

Jaguar XE vs Audi A4

Traditionally, Audi’s have been the first choice for people who are looking for an understated car, one that offers great luxury, but can still easily blend with the other cars in the parking lot. It is very conservative in its design, as opposed to the Jaguar, which has bold curves and sleek lines, and which begs for the onlookers to keep their eyes glued on it. If you want your ride to draw attention, the Audi isn’t for you.

Jaguar XE vs BMW 3-Series

The best budget driver’s car has changed a lot in the recent years, and has also become significantly soft, or dare I say, accommodating. The older BMWs were much focused angry cars, which when driven enthusiastically, would see the passengers lose their lunches in a not-very-nice way.

The BMWs of today are much easier to live with and is quite close to the Jaguar in terms of ride and handling. The biggest deciding factor here would be your choice of brand, between German and British Engineering.

Jaguar XE vs Mercedes-Benz C Class

The Mercedes is the most recognizable brand in the world and would probably be on the top of every car enthusiasts list. Their entry-level C-class never feels like a cut-price E-class, even though it should, which is a testament to their build quality.

The biggest draw away from the 3-point star is the price, which is significantly more than the XE, which if you think about it, defeats the purpose of being an entry level car.

Final Verdict

Infused with Tata money, Jaguar has been turning out some pretty great cars, well-built and fun to drive. The 2017 XE is a pristine example of what the Jaguar brand has to offer, complete with all the equipment and engine options.

The Jaguar XE is a great car overall, one that can handle all the challenges of the urban environment, and with the V6 performance version, you can even attack the race track and give even the much more expensive performance cars a run for their money.

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