2017 Jaguar XE Buyers Guide and Review: The New Kid in Town

Feb 08, 2017 06:40 AM EST | BC Tabotabo

The 2017 Jaguar XE is stylish and one of the top small luxury sedans available. It is considered to be a must drive in its first year on the market.

Pros and Features. The 2017 XE is an all-new model. It is a small luxury sedan that challenges the status quo.

Its V6 engine has exhilarating acceleration. The diesel option is also very fuel efficient. Additionally, it has a very comfortable and controlled ride even with the sport-tuned models. It also has the best in class warranty.

Cons. The interior materials and construction are disappointing. Its backseat is also relatively cramped. Also, the auto stop-start system is crude.

Models. The 2017 Jaguar XE comes in four primary models: base, Premium, Prestige, and R-Sport. Each model can come with one of several engine choice. The engines models available are the following: 25t (gasoline four-cylinder), 20d (diesel four-cylinder), or 35t (gasoline six-cylinder). In particular, the base XE comes in either 25t or 20d, the Premium and Prestige come in all three engines, while the R-sport comes in 20d or 35t.

The base XE features 17-inch wheels, three selectable drive models (Normal, Eco, and Dynamic), automatic engine stop-start for fuel conservation, and electronic parking brake. Remote keyless entry, push-button start, and other tech features are also available.

The Premium adds unique 17-inch or 18-inch wheels for the XE 35tas well as other safety and tech features including an 11-speaker Meridian sound system. The Prestige adds 18-inch or 19-inc wheels for the XE 35t, metal door sill inserts, keyless entry and ignition, and ambient interior lighting. It also has upgraded leather upholstery and a navigation system with InControl Apps.

The R-sport comes in 18-inch wheels for the XE 20d and 19-inch wheels for the XE 35t. It also has adaptive xenon headlights, LED running lights, a rear spoiler, and automatic high beams. It has a distinctive exterior trim, sport front seats, and other tech features.

Verdict. The 2017 Jaguar XE is a fantastic addition to the small luxury sedan market. While there are already some excellent ones out there, the XE may prove to be one of the best options out there.

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