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
Landmark and 300 Sport versions are added to the lineup. The 10.2-in infotainment touchscreen that was either optional or available in the higher trims is now standard throughout the 2019 XE range, along with a rearview camera. Apple CarPlay smartphone integration joins the options list.
The ideal XE would be the S version. Every Jaguar should have a powerful engine to accompany its excellent chassis. Perhaps the R-Sport with the 30t engine might suit those enthusiasts happy to sacrifice some thrills for more affordable pricing.
The 2019 Jaguar XE comes in basic, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, Landmark, 300 Sport, S and Portfolio trim levels.
The entry level XE 25t ($37,990) comes with 17-in 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, a rearview camera, a 10.2-in touchscreen, Bluetooth, plus a 6-speaker audio system with HD radio, USB port and an auxiliary audio input.
The Premium ($40,270) adds 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.
The Prestige ($44,730) entails leather upholstery, navigation, heated front seats and steering wheel, 4-way power lumbar adjustment (front seats), a powered steering column adjustment, Wi-Fi and ambient cabin lighting.
The R-Sport ($48,840) is eligible for the more powerful 4-cylinder gasoline engine. Extra equipment includes a dedicated sportier suspension tune, adaptive headlights with automatic high beams, LED daytime running lights, a rear spoiler, satellite radio, parking sensors front and rear, forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist.
The Landmark ($49,985) capitalizes on the R-Sport's attitude with exclusive-design 18-in alloy wheels, its own aerodynamic additions and sport seats up front.
The XE 300 Sport ($54,395) takes the R-Sport's equipment then adds 19-in alloy wheels and various cosmetic additions. There is no diesel version of the 300 Sport.
The S ($54,780) comes with the V6 exclusively, plus an adaptive suspension, sport front seats with 16-way power adjustment, metal-finish pedals and an S body kit.
The more luxurious Portfolio ($58,585) has the 296-hp gasoline engine, a hands-free trunk lid, heated/cooled/16-way power-adjustable front seats, heated rear seats and an 825-watt audio system.
Among the options are Apple CarPlay and a head-up display that uses laser light instead of LED, making it readable for drivers wearing polarized sunglasses. The Prestige, the R-Sport, the Landmark and the 300 Sport versions are also eligible for an 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|
2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia -- Athletic and gorgeous. Not so many engine choices as an XE, but still desirable.
2019 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.
2019 BMW 3 Series -- Other manufacturers must wonder what they have to do to beat the 3 Series. A new generation debuts for 2019 and it's already pleasing the enthusiasts.
2019 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 Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- One size larger than an XE and a high point in luxury sedan evolution. Check out the Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned (CPO) program.