What we think of the Jaguar XE…….
Well it’s here at last….. One of the most awaited new cars of recent times. Jaguar was last in this particular segment of the market with the unloved X-Type back in 2001. How times have changed for the company, their recent products almost universally praised by all.
To say there is a lot riding on this car is an understatement. Jaguar having invested heavily in a new platform, new engines and even a new factory. Can it hold it’s own in a premium market with BMW’s 3 Series and Audi’s A4? The signs are good.
Firstly, most would agree it’s a good looking car, a good start considering its premium market intensions. Most that have driven early cars seem to put it straight to the top of the class in terms of ride and handling making it the enthusiast driver’s choice. It should more than hold it’s own in terms of engine performance too with power, economy and efficiency all within a whisker of equivalent A4 or 3 Series. Equipment levels are good as is interior quality; it is however a little tighter on space, particularly in the rear and boot areas, than the competition. The driving position is excellent and uncompromised.
The range spans a 2.0i petrol from £26,995 all the way to the range topping 3.0i 340 S at £44,870. Jaguar expect most sales to go to the mid-range 2.0d models which range from £29,775 to £33,025 dependant on trim levels and engine output.
Running costs are expected to be at least as good as or better than other manufacturer’s offerings in this segment. The fact that you are never going to see as many on the roads as the BMW or Audi makes this car very desirable at the moment. That alone will be enough for many.