Feline Appraisal: 2017 Jaguar XE

By Matthew Keegan

2017 Jaguar XE

British automaker Jaguar supplied a 2017 XE for my review recently, providing me with a second opportunity to examine this all-new compact luxury sedan up close and personal. As before, I remain intrigued by this entry-level model, the smallest and least costly vehicle offered by Jaguar.

2017 Jaguar XE.

2017 Jaguar XE

The 2017 XE is available in four grades: XE (Base) ($34,900), XE Premium ($37,500), XE Prestige ($41,400), and XE R-Sport ($46,500). Rear-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is available. A 2.0-liter turbo gas engine is standard; a 2.0-liter turbo diesel can also be had as can a supercharged V6. That’s a varying selection of engines for the compact range; each one comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The luxury compact segment is overflowing with choices. Besides the Jaguar XE, you’ll find the Acura TLX, Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Lincoln MKZ, Lexis IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Volvo S60. A Genesis G70 is set to arrive in 2018.

As the new model on the block, the XE has its work cut out or it. That’s especially apparent as customers shift their purchase decisions away from cars to SUVs. For example, to the new Jaguar F-PACE.

Jaguar XE Key Attributes

Because I reviewed this model last September (see Luxury Verve: 2017 Jaguar XE), I’m employing a different strategy here. Specifically, I’ve taken a deep dive into this model’s top attributes, sharing those findings as follows:

1. Performance as you like it.

With three engine choices available, shoppers will find that performance levels vary based on their preferred choice. Horsepower comes in at 180 (diesel), 247 (turbo gas), and 340 (supercharged V6) and that’s quite a spread. But things get very interesting when comparing torque, which is your pulling and passing power. You’ll find 318 (diesel), 269 (turbo gas), and 332 (supercharged V6).

Where the diesel is slow off the mark, once the turbo spools up, the power numbers close within striking distance of the largest engine, easily surpassing the turbo gas engine. This truth underscores just how torquey diesel engines are.

2. Stellar fuel economy is within reach.

You enjoy decent fuel economy with the standard gasoline engine, delivering 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Oddly, those same figures also apply to the supercharged V6 — all that upfront power and you still have an efficient engine.

The turbo-diesel, however, is the prize as it delivers 32/42 mpg city/highway for the rear-wheel drive model and 30/40 for all-wheel drive. So, no matter the engine choice, you’ll enjoy efficiencies, especially on the highway.

3. Technology second to none.

You won’t find Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility in any Jaguar product. Instead, connectivity comes by way of this automaker’s proprietary system.

Jaguar’s InControl telematics system is modern, clean and efficient. The standard eight-inch screen gives way to a 10.2-inch screen in upper trims — both deliver a colorful display, limited glare, and minimal backlighting interference. The system supports Bluetooth and audio streaming, and offers USB connectivity. WiFi is optional and a host of supporting apps Go to the full article.

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