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Jaguar XE

(2015 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

63
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

59
%
B

Reliability Rating:

46
%
E

Running Costs:

64
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

63
%
C

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

73
%
B

Safety Rating:

62
%
C

Eco Rating:

59
%
B

Reliability Rating:

46
%
E

Running Costs:

64
%
B

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. While it has been praised for its stylish design and engaging driving experience, it has also been criticized for its lack of practicality and underwhelming infotainment system when compared to its rivals.

Sean Carson of Auto Express states that the XE “really feels like a desirable product on every front”, that Stuart Gallagher of Evo says has “sharper styling than ever inside and out”, and the Top Gear team concludes is “comfy and quiet yet brilliant to drive. The handling-nerd’s car in this class.”

However, the XE has also been criticised for its practicality. Carwow notes that, while the XE does come with a premium interior that was significantly improved after its 2019 facelift, its back seats are “very cramped”.

Parker‘s Keith Adams is critical of the car’s infotainment, as it can be “quite difficult to press items on the lower screen accurately while on the move, especially as it’s partially blocked by the gear selector.”

Overall, reviewers conclude the Jaguar XE is a refined executive saloon and a good leftfield alternative to its German rivals in the premium compact executive car segment. As Heycar‘s Andrew Brady writes, “people looking for a sporting, enjoyable to drive alternative to the 3 Series, A4 and C-Class are well served by Jaguar’s stylish XE. It’s a good choice if you dare to be different, and enjoy your driving.”

As of January 2024, the Jaguar XE holds a New Car Expert Rating of B with a score of 65%. That score currently several points off the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but ahead of the Audi A4.

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Key specifications


Body style: Mid-sized saloon
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £33,210 on-road

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


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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 score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2015
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 92%
Child protection: 82%
Vulnerable road users: 81%
Safety assist: 82%

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

As of January 2024, the Jaguar XE has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. If the XE is selected for assessment, we will publish the results here.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Jaguar XE has a slightly lower-than-average reliability rating according to warranty claim data provided by our partner MotorEasy.

Like other saloons in the Jaguar range, a common repair that XE owners claim for is electrical repairs, which in this case cost over £400 on average. The most common though are engine problems, which are also unfortunately by far the most costly, with an average repair fee of £2,200.

If you’re looking at a used Jaguar XE, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models193 g/kmD178 – 211 g/kmC – D
Diesel models133 g/kmA127 – 170 g/kmA – C
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models29C26 – 33B – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£246B
Year 2£554B
Year 3£964B
Year 4£1,199B
Year 5£1,594B
Overall£4,557B

The Jaguar XE is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

While insurance premiums are expected to be around the market average, maintenance and servicing costs should be good over the course of five years of ownership.

Security rating

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Independent vehicle theft and security ratings from Thatcham Research

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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