Superb looks; energetic supercharged V6 engine; fabulous suspension
Disappointing interior design and materials; the most advanced safety features are only available with the upper trims
For the full-on Jaguar experience, there has to be a big engine under the hood. The S would be wonderful, or perhaps an R-Sport with the most powerful 4-cylinder unit.
The 2018 Jaguar XE comes in basic, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, S and Portfolio trim levels.
The entry level XE 25t ($36,720) comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, Normal/Eco/Dynamic driving modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power-adjustable front seats, rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, an electronic parking brake, a self-dimming rearview mirror, 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth plus a 6-speaker audio system with HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input.
Premium ($39,320) adds a rearview camera, self-dimming side mirrors with a power-folding function, memory settings for the driver's seat, rear seats that split-fold in 40/20/40 fashion, and an upgraded 380-watt/11-speaker audio system.
Prestige ($43,220) entails keyless entry, leather upholstery, navigation, heated front seats and steering wheel, 4-way power lumbar adjustment (front seats), powered steering column adjustment and ambient cabin lighting.
R-Sport ($46,820) is not available with the smaller gasoline engine. Extra equipment includes a dedicated sportier suspension tune, sport seats up front, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, satellite radio, parking sensors front and rear, forward-collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance.
S ($53,270) comes with the V6 exclusively, plus 19-in alloy wheels, adaptive suspension, sport front seats with 16-way power adjustment, metal-finish pedals and a S body kit.
The more luxurious Portfolio ($57,495) has 19-in wheels, hands-free trunk lid operation, heated/cooled/16-way power adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, a 10.2-in display and an 825-watt audio system.
Among the options are Wi-Fi and a head-up display that uses laser light instead of LED, making it readable for drivers wearing polarized sunglasses. Prestige and R-Sport versions are also eligible for the adaptive suspension.
Trunk space measures 15.9 cu ft., which is above average for this class. Cleverly, the styling manages to disguise such a generous caboose.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2018 Audi A4 -- Up-to-the-minute technology and attractive down-to-the-finest-detail interiors. Its entry level gasoline engine also comes with more power than the XE's.
2018 BMW 3 Series -- One of the best in the class. A new generation is set to arrive in 2018 as a 2019 model.
2018 Cadillac ATS -- Anyone looking at alternatives to the German giants, as a potential Jaguar buyer would be, will find much to like about the ATS.
2018 Lexus IS -- A mid-generation revamp is due for the 2019 model year. As ever, build quality is superb, but current power levels aren't as good as the competition.
2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class -- Every C-Class has been popular, and this current generation is relatively new. So the tech is fresh and the underlying hardware is as good as it gets.
Used Audi A6 -- Bigger and plusher than an XE, and attractive in its own way. Plenty of power, capability and equipment as well.