Throughout Europe the upper middle class is rowing towards a negative trend. Only the Tesla Model 3 is gaining in popularity. All other models have a “shadowy existence” due to the overflowing SUV segment. So does the Jaguar XE. But rightly so? I got a closer look at the recently redesigned Brit with a 180-horsepower diesel, eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive in top trim, HSE.
The steering wheel adjustment, in the test car’s case electric in nature, felt it had to bother my right knee. To explain: the four-way button for adjusting the steering wheel is located on the right-hand side of the XE instead of on the left-hand side of the steering column lever as is usually the case. But the center console is closer on the right than the door panel on the left, which is why my right knee bumped it quite often. But that was more due to my stature, as my two colleagues Christoph and Titian suggested to me.
Also electric and more annoying than useful in everyday life: The rear lid. A good old spring would open it faster and probably more reliably in the long run.
One of the few things the fully equipped test XE lacked: Gearshift paddles. But also here it lies probably more at my person than something else that I bekrittle their absence. Not that I really need them, but every now and then it’s quite nice to roll down to the traffic lights instead of standing purely on the brake pedal.
Driving experience in the Jaguar XE
The engine itself made decent pressure. I immediately felt the good torque development – 430 Nm are available between 1.750 and 2.500 revolutions available. The 180 hp XE can reach 100 km/h from a standstill in 8.1 seconds.
Only the responsiveness, presumably due to the Euro 6d emissions standard, could be more spontaneous. This is also how it came about that the rough-sounding four-cylinder turbodiesel is not an economy champion. He allows himself between eight and nine liters of fuel in the city. On land it is rather between 6.5 and 7 liters.
But the chassis is balanced and cleanly tuned. And those who want or need all-wheel drive don’t have to do without it, even with the 180 hp diesel engine. In the city, however, rear-wheel drive is always a good idea.
That’s what the Jaguar XE costs
What I last found fault with in the Jaguar I-Pace delighted me in the XE. The finely graduated matrix LED high beam. Here the optional extra (+756 €) makes sense in any case. In general, the test car in the HSE outfit is extensively equipped from the ground up. With ventilated and heated seats in Windsor leather, no less than four monitors (driver info display, nav display, climate control display as well as rearview mirror display) that allow for a very individual display of information and Meridian® sound system, my test vehicle comes in at just over 61.000 euros. The recently tested BMW 320d xDrive has all-wheel drive, but is almost 13.000 euros more expensive.
If you think the German competition is too cliched, you should definitely take a closer look at the Jaguar XE. It drives impeccably, needs a bit more fuel to do so, but looks smart and as an S model starts at a reasonable 46.084 Euro (D180 with rear-wheel drive). My HSE model starts at 54.550 euros.