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Jaguar XE

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Summary


The Jaguar XE is a medium-sized premium saloon and is the entry-level saloon in the Jaguar range. Unveiled in Autumn 2014, it first hit UK roads in Summer 2015. It is built here in the UK at Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich factory in the Midlands.

The XE was given a major overhaul and facelift in early 2019, with improved specification and a lower price. This update has been given plenty of positive reviews from the UK motoring media, and the XE’s overall Expert Rating of 74% (as of December 2021) currently puts it right in the ballpark of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.

The Jaguar XE has received particular praise for its driving dynamics and (from 2019) much-improved interior. Criticisms have been directed at its cramped rear cabin space compared to rivals, and it is generally regarded as still below the overall standards set by the class-leading BMW 3 Series.

Reliability doesn’t seem to have improved as part of the 2019 update. In the 2020 What Car? reliability survey, the XE ranked 11th out of 19 executive cars. In the same survey for 2021, it had fallen to 15th out of 17 cars.

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Key specifications


Body style: Mid-sized saloon
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £30,210 on-road

Launched: Summer 2015
Last updated: Spring 2019
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2015

92%

ADULT OCCUPANT

82%

CHILD OCCUPANT

81%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

82%

SAFETY ASSIST

More safety recognition

  • Euro NCAP rated the Jaguar XE as Safest Large Family Car of 2015

Eco rating


Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The Jaguar XE has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

If the XE is selected for assessment, we will publish the results here.

Security rating


Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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Rating: Superior | Good | Basic | Poor | Unacceptable
Relay Attack: Pass

Date: 2019

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Jaguar XE has received

2016

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Auto Express Awards – Compact Executive Car of the Year
  • BusinessCar Awards – Business Car of the Year
  • SME Company Car of the Year Awards – Company Car of the Year + Best Large Company Car

2015

  • Fleet World Awards – Best New Car
  • Auto Express Awards – Compact Executive Car of the Year
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Executive Car
  • Diesel Car Awards – Best Large Car
  • Telegraph Awards – Car of the Year + Best Business Car
  • Festival Automobile International – Most Beautiful Car of 2014

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Jaguar XEThe updated Jaguar XE has received positive reviews from the UK motoring media, with an overall Expert Rating that is competitive with its main rivals.