Jaguar XE Review & Performance

Jaguar XE Overview

Jaguar revealed the XE sedan in 2014 after a long string of teases that nearly drove us nuts. In the UK, the XE is ready for action, but folks in the U.S. have to wait until the 2017 Jaguar XE arrives. As we get nearer to the American release of the XE, our spy photographers caught a special version of the upcoming sedan in a parking lot. This model had a badge with an “E” on a light-blue background and no visible exhaust pipes. Our thoughts immediately turned to this being either a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid version of the XE.

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With BMW already entrenched in the compact luxury hybrid sedan realm with the ActiveHybrid 3, and Mercedes about to dive in with the 2016 C350 Plug-In Hybrid, it was only a matter of time before Jag dipped its toes in. The question is, what type of hybrid is this? Is it a plug-in hybrid or a standard hybrid? Maybe it’s not a hybrid at all and is actually a full-electric version of the XE. I really don’t know. Jaguar XE On road price starts from 42,95,830/-. Check for price details of Jaguar XE in CarzPrice

Jaguar XE Design

Styling is where the Jaguars rule the roost and the XE is certainly no different. It starts with the signature grille – the toothed-cat in the centre and the low lying twin-barrels headlamps looking straight into you. The large louvered hood swoops down like eyelids with the creases adding muscle to the equation. And all of this aggression and drama is created with simple, clean lines from Ian Callum’s drawing table which make these Jaguars so beautiful.

As you move on to the profile, the steeply raked windshield flows into the taut roofline that extends to the boot lid, almost like a coupe. The design gives it a crouched stance when you look at it from the sides and the distinct shoulder line, the flared wheel arches and the signature fender slit adds character. The tail gets a little lip-spoiler on the deck-lid and two large horizontal wrap-around tail lamps with the flying cat embossed in the centre.Overall, the Jaguar XE takes the styling game to the next level in the compact luxury sedan segment, leaving behind its primary rivals, the Mercedes C-Class, the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4.

Jaguar XE Cabin

The cabin of the XE diesel is very much like its exterior, understated. The dashboard is neatly laid-out but is quite a mixed-bag of premium as well as not so premium materials. For instance, some buttons have the click sound which just robs away the premium quotient. That said, the air-con controls are neatly laid-out below the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Overall the cabin is a nice place to be in and comes loaded with features. In this Prestige trim, you get leather upholstery, interior mood lighting, Meridian Sound system, cruise control and speed limiter, dark satin brushed aluminium inlays and power folding and auto-dimming heated door mirrors with memory function.

The front and rear seats offer good support and comfort but the headroom is a little tight owing to the sloping roofline. Anyone below 5’10” should be comfortable in the rear seat. However, due to the tall transmission tunnel and protruding rear AC vents, the third passenger would feel he/she was uninvited. The 455-litres boot is as practical as it can get. Unlike the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3-Series, the XE’s boot is flat and wide and moreover, the space saver tyre is neatly tucked away under the floor.

Jaguar XE Performance

This is where things get a little convoluted, as there are no reports of Jaguar planning to build a hybrid or electric XE, but this is clearly something of that nature. Carscoops did a little digging themselves, and when they ran a license plate check on this car, it came back as having a 2.0-liter diesel engine. However, the label on the windshield has an FEV ID, and “FEV” stands for “full electric vehicle.”

My best guess is that this is a plug-in hybrid with a 2.0-liter diesel engine backing it up. As Autoevolution points out, “FEV” is also the name of a company that has done work on both full-electric and hybrid vehicles, and the chances of Jag diving right into full electric without dabbling in the plug-in hybrid realm seems unlikely.The other potential scenario is that this model is a hybrid that features a 2.0-liter diesel engine and the same 35 kW electric motor built into the transmission as the Range Rover Sport diesel hybrid has. According to Carscoops, when they ran the plates on these hybrid SUVs’ they came back with a diesel engine only, just like this XE-

Jaguar XE Rideing

Jaguars is the taut steering. In spite of being an electronic unit, it has the feel of the hydraulic past and I enjoyed it. Feedback is precise, especially when you try and push the car, throwing it around corners at speeds you shouldn’t ideally be doing. The chassis tells you exactly what is happening at each end and you know exactly when you want to back off. The whole steering-suspension combination takes a little time to get into the sprint, but once it does, it is capable of some serious speed. And complementing it well are the brakes. They don’t fade out that easily and have the right bite and progression for your regular traffic crawl as well as that occasional burst of speed around the twisties.

Jaguar XE Safety

While the after sales network isn’t as great as its German rivals, the Tata-owned brand is steadily expanding and is committed to giving peace of mind to its customers. In terms of safety features, the XE Diesel gets multiple airbags, Surround Camera System (offered in the top-end Portfolio trim only), Start/Stop System, Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control, ISOFIX child seat mounts, Hill Launch Assist and Jaguar Smart Key System (keyless entry, offered in the top-end Portfolio trim only).

Jaguar XE Price

Jaguar Xe On-Road Price in India ranges from 42,95,830 to 53,58,175 for variants XE Pure and XE Portfolio Diesel respectively. Jaguar Xe is available in 6 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Jaguar Xe variants price in India. View offers on Jaguar Cars from Jaguar dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

Jaguar XE Verdict

The Jaguar XE with the addition of a diesel engine, becomes a more compelling package. The 240 BHP petrol version is, without doubt, one of the best cars in the segment but the diesel, although lacking the same levels of excitement, still manages to bring in the fun factor with its fantastic balance between ride and handling, not to forget more economical running costs. Factor in the current 3-Series is on its way out and you realise that the XE is currently the driver’s delight in the segment.

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