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Rankings & Research

The 2020 Jaguar XE ranked #13 in Luxury Small Cars. Currently the Jaguar XE has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability: N/A

2020 Jaguar XE Review

The refreshed 2020 Jaguar XE finishes in the middle of our luxury small car rankings. This sedan boasts a sporty demeanor and some nice interior highlights, but its rivals are more athletic, have easier-to-use technology, and provide comfier rear seats.

Pros & Cons

  • Lengthy features list
  • Spacious front seats
  • Bigger trunk than most classmates
  • Enjoyable driving dynamics
  • Unsupportive rear seats
  • Rivals have better infotainment systems

New for 2020

  • Interior and exterior styling updates
  • Rotary shifter replaced with gearshift
  • New standard and available features
  • Turbodiesel and V6 engines no longer available

Is the Jaguar XE a Good Car?

Yes, the Jaguar XE is a good car. It has capable turbocharged engines, agile handling, and a smooth ride. It looks good inside, and it has sumptuous front seats and plenty of tech features. However, the rear seats are cramped, and many rivals have more straightforward infotainment systems. These aren't huge weaknesses, but the luxury small car class is incredibly competitive, and even small shortcomings can knock a car down several spots in the class rankings.

Should I Buy the Jaguar XE?

There are certainly plenty of reasons to like this car. Although it has a higher base price than many competitors, that shouldn't scare off buyers. It really comes down to just how much you like this Jaguar after you consider that many rivals offer everything the XE does, and in some cases, they offer more. At the very least, shoppers should compare the XE to alternatives like the BMW 3 Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Jaguar XE?

The 2020 Jaguar XE belongs to a generation that began with the 2016 model year. The 2020 XE has a smaller trunk than the 2019 by 1.6 cubic feet, and its sole engine is now a turbocharged four-cylinder. Earlier models offered turbodiesel and V6 powertrains.

New standard features for 2020 include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and more. There are some new available features as well, including a video rearview mirror, which uses a camera to provide an unobstructed view of what's behind the vehicle.

There are few differences between the 2019 and 2018 models. For 2019, Jaguar added a standard rearview camera and a 10-inch touch screen. These features were previously available, but for an extra cost. You can likely save money by buying a used XE instead of a new one, but you'll miss out on the many updates added for the 2020 model year.

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We Did the Research for You: 24 Reviews Analyzed

Our car reviews include everything you need to know before heading to the dealership. We combine the opinions of the automotive press with quantifiable data like crash test results and reliability ratings to form a complete picture of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current XE generation, which runs from 2016 to 2020.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. Our car reviews are objective. To keep them that way, our editorial staff doesn’t accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party handles all the advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Jaguar XE Cost?

The base XE S carries a starting price of $39,900, which is above-average for a luxury small car. The XE R-Dynamic, which is the only other trim option in this Jaguar, starts at $46,295. Most rivals' top trims cost more –in several cases, by a five-figure difference.

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Jaguar XE Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jaguar XE or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series is arguably the most athletic, fun-to-drive member of the luxury small car class. The 3 Series is quick and energetic, and its engines deliver a nice exhaust note. The BMW handles corners tremendously well too. Both models look good on the inside, but the German sedan has roomier rear seats and more cargo space than its British rival. The 3 Series also has a more user-friendly infotainment system. For most buyers, the BMW is the better pick here.

Which Is Better: Jaguar XE or Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a smooth ride and powerful engines, including a performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG model that's far stronger than any XE model. However, it can't quite match the handling prowess of the Jaguar. The C-Class looks and feels posh inside, and it has excellent front seats. The XE has a bit more trunk space. Both cars offer plenty of tech features, but they also have infotainment systems that can be difficult to use at times. Though these are both good sedans, the C-Class is a better choice overall.

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XE Interior

How Many People Does the XE Seat?

Up front, this five-seat sedan is roomy and comfortable, and there's enough side support that you won't slide around when taking turns. The rear seats aren't as spacious or supportive as the front seats, and taller adults won't want to sit back there on long drives.

XE and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. Like in many upscale vehicles, the lower anchors are located behind plastic covers, not buried in the seat cushion. This allows you to access them with ease and attach the car-seat straps with little effort.

XE Interior Quality

This Jaguar looks and feels upscale thanks to its liberal use of soft-touch materials throughout the interior. The cabin also keeps occupants well-insulated from outside noise, making it easy to hold a conversation.

XE Cargo Space

The XE has a 14.5-cubic-foot trunk, which is bigger than most rivals' trunks. That's enough room for almost a dozen shopping bags or multiple sets of golf clubs. If you opt for an XE that comes with a spare tire, you'll lose more than 2 cubic feet of trunk space.

XE Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control and the Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Available features include a 12.3-inch interactive driver display that takes place of the traditional gauge cluster, wireless device charging, and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which adds a 5.5-inch touch screen for climate control functions (in addition to the standard 10-inch screen). This upgraded system also has navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a Meridian audio system.

The infotainment system offers some nice features, including smartphone connectivity tech, but it can be a chore to use overall. It's slow to respond to inputs, and there's a learning curve for the interface. The Touch Pro Duo system with the second screen for climate controls is also a bit distracting to use while on the move.

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XE Performance

XE Engine: Competent and Effective

Although some rivals offer powertrains with more panache than the XE, this Jaguar gives you a choice between two turbocharged four-cylinder engines that are more than suitable for any driving situation. The base 247-horsepower setup will satisfy most buyers, but there's a 296-horsepower powertrain that's much quicker off the line. Though having nearly 300 horsepower is plenty for a car this size, some rivals still offer performance-oriented models that will put the XE R-Dynamic to shame. Whichever engine you choose, you'll want to disable the irritating engine stop-start system.

XE Gas Mileage: Nothing Out of the Ordinary

This Jaguar gets typical fuel economy ratings for a luxury small car. It earns 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with its base engine. Those ratings are marginally better than what you'll get in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but they're slightly behind the BMW 3 Series' ratings.

XE Ride and Handling: Outstanding Balance

This Jaguar feels sportier than many sedans. It handles corners well, and the available all-wheel-drive system provides excellent road grip. But this is a well-balanced vehicle too; it pairs its nimble cornering abilities with a supple ride quality, even over rough pavement.

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XE Reliability

Is the Jaguar XE Reliable?

The 2020 XE does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Jaguar XE Warranty

Jaguar covers the XE with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty.

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XE Safety

XE Crash Test Results

The 2020 XE has not yet been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

XE Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and all surface progress control, which is a low-speed cruise control that helps you maintain a steady speed in low-traction scenarios.

Available features include a head-up display, a 360-degree parking camera, rear cross traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and a video rearview mirror, which uses a camera feed to ensure that there is an unobstructed view of what's behind the vehicle.

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XE Dimensions and Weight

The 2020 XE is 15 feet, 4 inches long. It weighs 3,385 to 3,560 pounds.

Where is the Jaguar XE built?

Jaguar builds the XE in the United Kingdom.

Which Jaguar XE Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Jaguar XE comes in two trims: S and R-Dynamic. Both trims feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine (the latter trim's has more power) and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The standard and available features are essentially the same in each trim, so the only real decision you need to make is whether you think the R-Dynamic's extra horsepower and sportier feel are worth the price jump over the base trim.

Jaguar XE S

The XE S sports a base price of $39,900. It has a 247-horsepower turbo-four engine and rear-wheel drive. You can add all-wheel drive for $2,000.

Standard features include leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and the Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and all surface progress control.

There are plenty of option packages you can add, ranging in price from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand. They include features like rear cross traffic alert, park assist, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, wireless device charging, navigation, a second touch screen that controls the climate system, and more.

Jaguar XE R-Dynamic

The XE R-Dynamic starts at $46,295. It comes with a 296-horsepower turbo-four and all-wheel drive. In addition to the base trim's features, the R-Dynamic comes with sport seats. It offers the same option packages as the base trim.

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The Final Call

The Jaguar XE receives some nice updates for 2020 that help make it an enticing option in the crowded luxury small car class. Buyers looking for a sedan that delivers an engaging driving experience and plenty of tech features will definitely be delighted by the XE. Still, there are a few drawbacks that confine this Jaguar to a spot in the middle tier of our class ranking. That's not to say the XE isn't worth a look – it certainly is. Just make sure to do some comparison shopping before you drive one off the lot. 

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The interior improvements in the 2020 Jaguar XE will likely boost its overall score once we have the opportunity to evaluate it fully. That may make the decision to pick between the Jaguar and competitors Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, Volvo S60 and the all-new BMW 3 Series that much more difficult. But that's a good thing, right? … On the whole, this refreshed XE is a sleek and appealing alternative to the established and similarly priced German sedans. The Volvo S60 does enjoy a healthy price advantage over all of these models, but we think the extra expense for the Jag compared to the Volvo is worth it." -- Edmunds
  • "The updated XE offers a number of real improvements, from its better onboard tech to the sharper exterior design. Add in the excellent on-road manners, and you've got a real recipe for success. I'm not sure this will help the XE leap above the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class in sales, but now more than ever, Jaguar's compact sport sedan is definitely worth a look." -- CNET
  • "Keeping the best parts of a car while fixing the bits that aren't up to snuff is what mid-cycle updates are for. With its nicely freshened interior, the XE now feels better suited to fulfill its luxury sports-sedan mission. Jaguar still has work to do before drivers hold the XE in the same high regard as class stalwarts such as the BMW 3-series, the Audi A4, and the Mercedes-Benz C-class, but the revised XE certainly has become much more worthy of consideration." -- Car and Driver
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