Introducing the Jaguar XE
The Jaguar XE is a compact saloon that's best known for its superb chassis, handsome exterior aesthetic, and luxurious interior. Combining these three prominent traits into one compelling package, it's a car that excites the senses and makes every journey an enjoyable one.
Having gone through a mid-life refresh, there's more comfort and technology features on offer than ever before. The latest generation XE also features sharper looks and improved handling characteristics, enhancing what was already a supremely competent car.
Engine options include turbocharged diesel and petrol units, all of which offer an excellent blend of performance and efficiency, though the diesel engine now features Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology.
The design of the XE gives that real sense of occasion that only Jaguar manage to encapsulate with their gloriously sculptured range of vehicles. The sleek body shape is now lower and wider, adding to the already striking presence of the XE.
Design highlights include the premium LED headlights, ensuring that your XE stands out on the road thanks to a unique daytime running light signature. Sweeping Animated Directional Indicators add a further layer of style to the front end.
The XE is as practical as you would expect any saloon car to be, with a decent sized boot that's shaped well enough to fit in a set of golf clubs without issue. The load lip is minor, too, making it easy to load in heavier items.
The new XE benefits from Jaguar's class-leading Pivi Pro infotainment system, accessed through the 10-inch central touchscreen, which features Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ as standard. Connectivity is enhanced even further thanks to Amazon Alexa voice-control.
Another standout feature is the new split-rim steering wheel, which further emphasises the attention to detail within the interior of the new XE. Adding to the extravagant interior are soft-touch and authentic materials as well as updated seat designs for improved comfort.
The XE has been built to encompass the brand's commitment to providing unparalleled luxury and maximum convenience. As a result, there are a series of smart technologies throughout the interior. The car's artificial intelligence actively learns the preferences of the driver and will adjust the seat, mirror, audio, and climate settings accordingly.
The Jaguar XE sports an aluminium body that contributes to the car's excellent agility and vastly reduces weight over traditional galvanised steel, improving fuel efficiency at the same time.
The 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol is available with 247bhp and 296bhp outputs, while the 178bhp Ingenium diesel, with MHEV technology, delivers 430Nm of torque and fuel consumption of up to 58.5mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 127g/km on the WLTP test cycle.
The advanced new MHEV system uses a Belt-integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) to harvest energy normally lost when braking, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery. This energy i then used to support the engine when accelerating and it also delivers a more refined and responsive stop/start system. Unlike with plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Jaguar XE MHEV does not need plugging-in to charge the battery.
A super-slick automatic gearbox features on the XE as standard, while all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are available, depending on your preference.
Those looking for a luxurious executive saloon, that offers something different to the rest of the premium saloon car crowd, will undoubtedly appreciate the Jaguar XE. The hallmarks that make Jaguar so desirable are there in abundance; sporty handling, a beautifully appointed interior and make the XE more than worthy of the badge.
For more information or to book a test drive, contact us here at Johnson & Perrott, Bishopstown. The home of Jaguar in Cork.