Meet the new Jaguar XE, Jaguar’s answer to the highly-popular BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. The compact British sports sedan is said to redefine the “concept of the sports saloon thanks to its advanced lightweight construction, streamlined styling, luxurious interior and outstanding ride and handling.”
The XE is an attractive, but not as adventurous as we hoped it would be. It’s clearly a member of the Jaguar family with its rectangular radiator grille, elongated headlights, three air dams up front; smooth contours on the sides; and long horizontal tail lamps out back. If a smaller Jaguar XF is what you’re look for, this is it.
The performance-inspired interior is both pleasing to the eye and functional, featuring a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, an instrument cluster with analog gauges, and a functional center stack that houses an eight-inch color touchscreen. A two-tone upholstery will be available for those buyers looking to spruce-up the appearance further.
The eight-inch touchscreen serves as an access point for the XE’s various entertainment, climate control, and navigation functions. It also offers occupants with specially-designed apps, smartphone connectivity for iOS and Android devices, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. All controls are accessible via voice commands.
To help keep eyes on the road while driving, the XE features a segment-first laser-projected heads-up display that shows a wide array of information, including speed, navigation guidance, and traffic sign recognition.
Jaguar’s engineers seemed to have had only aluminum to work with when building the XE, because the metal accounts for more than 75 percent of the car’s body structure. Powering the 3,250 lbs, lightweight body is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 340 PS and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft.) of torque, sent to the rear wheels or all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. A sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) is completed in 4.9 seconds, while top speed is reached at 155 mph (250 km/h).
Less expensive and more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter Ingenium four-cylinder petrol and diesel units will also be offered, as well as an eight-speed manual gearbox.
Looking at it, does the Jaguar XE have what it takes to take on the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4? Share your manly thoughts in the comment section.