Jaguar’s return to the small executive saloon market was always going to be tricky, but in the XE the British marque has a model that is up to the task.
Built around a lightweight chassis, with a number of efficient engines under the bonnet, the XE has a strong starting point.
That said, the F-Type coupe has played its part in the XE’s development with Jaguar realising that, to go up against the BMW 3-Series, it must be an engaging drive too.
With a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions – linked to a choice of petrol or diesel engines – the XE provides a range of models from the highly efficient to extremely rapid.
The most popular model is likely to feature the 2.0 litre Ingenium diesel engine in R-Sport specification. This engine comes in two power levels – 163hp and 180hp – and offers fuel economy as high as 74.3mpg and emissions at just 99g/km.
In short, the XE has fulfilled its brief, taken the fight to the German saloons and more than held its own.