2017 Jaguar XE

Pros: Excellent balance of ride quality and handling prowess; wide selection of upholstery and trim choices; spirited acceleration with supercharged V6

Cons: Rear-seat room is tight; limited trunk space and small-items storage; base engine not available with all-wheel drive; so-so rear visibility

CG Says: Jaguar re-enters the premium-compact car field for 2017 with the all-new XE sport sedan. The XE comes in rear- and all-wheel drive form, and uses Jaguar’s aluminum-intensive body structure to save weight for better fuel economy and driving dynamics. Three engines are offered: a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder; a 180-horsepower turbodiesel 2.0-liter four; and a 340-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6. All engines use an 8-speed automatic transmission. Available safety and technology features include adaptive shock absorbers, forward-collision mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition, and a head-up display that shows both speed and navigation readings on the lower part of the windshield. The XE is Jaguar’s first compact car in almost a decade, and it’s a compelling new entry in the segment. The XE offers a distinctive luxury/performance character, a good selection of available powertrains and trim options, and a suitably athletic driving personality—all at prices that are very competitive with its primary rivals, the BMW 3-Series and Audi A4.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Jaguar
Nation of Manufacture England
Base Prices 25t: $34,900
25t Premium: $37,500
25t Prestige: $41,400
20d: $36,400
AWD 20d: $38,900
20d Premium: $39,000
AWD 20d Premium: $41,500
20d Prestige: $42,900
AWD 20d Prestige: $45,400
20d R-Sport: $46,500
AWD 20d R-Sport: $49,000
35t Premium: $41,700
AWD 35t Premium: $44,200
35t Prestige: $45,600
AWD 35t Prestige: $48,100
35t R-Sport: $49,200
AWD 35t R-Sport: $51,700

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
340
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20-21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-30

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
180
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
32
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
42