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2017 Jaguar XE Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Jaguar XE was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.9

Some drivers may be disappointed by the 2017 Jaguar XE's cabin. Unlike many German rivals, the XE's interior trim feels a bit cheap. There are high-quality materials on some surfaces and lower-grade plastics on others. Many affordable sedans from mainstream brands feel as upscale as the XE but are significantly less expensive.

While those in the front seats will be comfortable, taller passengers in the back will want more head- and legroom. The XE's infotainment system is mostly intuitive to operate, though both the standard and optional setups have some quirks you'll have to adjust to. The XE has more trunk space than most competitors, but a narrow opening makes the space hard to utilize.

  • "Inside, the XE certainly isn't lacking on the feature content front, but its space and quality leave much to be desired. In particular, the cabin's materials and construction trail those of most competitors by a considerable margin. It feels closer to a Ford Fusion (an admittedly high-quality midsize sedan) than a Mercedes-Benz C-Class." -- Edmunds
  • "You don't have to look hard to see where Jaguar stashed cheaper, lower-grade plastics – places the 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and others trim with richer materials. Some rivals have convincing faux leather in their cheaper variants, but the XE's bottom trims have a grade of vinyl that won't fool anyone who looks closely." -- Cars.com
  • "When you think of Jaguar, the word 'luxurious' probably isn't far behind. But when you look at the XE's interior, besides the leather seating (if it's one of the two higher trims), the words 'mainstream Japanese' are more likely to spring to mind. There are hard plastics on the tops of the doors and the dashboard that fail to strike the right notes, especially in contrast to the strong exterior. Everyone understands the need to keep costs down, but it shouldn't be quite so visible in a premium car when competitors like Audi make such gorgeous interiors." -- Autotrader

Seating

Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard in the XE. Leather upholstery, sport front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are optional.

There are seats for five in the XE. The driver and passenger will be plenty comfortable, thanks to the nicely cushioned seats. However when taking corners quickly, you may find that the seats don't offer enough side support to hold you in place. The optional sport seats have additional side bolstering to rectify that. Rear-seat passengers will feel more cramped, especially if they're tall adults. The Audi A4 and Jaguar XF offer more room for those in the back.

  • The deluxe seats-14-way power-adjustable thrones-are barely bolstered, so you'll have to brace a leg against the door panel or console to explore the tires' limits. The seats are comfortable on the highway, though." -- Car and Driver
  • Although the front row seats make the XE cabin feel roomy, the rear seats look like they belong in a coupe. Taller passengers won't welcome the experience." -- CNET
  • This Jag is comfortable for front-seat riders, but if more than two people cram into the backseat, things get a little too cozy really fast." -- New York Daily News

Interior Features

Standard amenities include dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, HD Radio, push-button start, a moonroof, and InControl Remote.

Optional features include navigation, a 10.2-inch touch-screen infotainment system, InControl Apps, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 11- or 17-speaker Meridian audio system, satellite radio, a voice recognition system, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, active lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a traffic sign recognition system, a rearview camera, a 360-degree camera, active park assist, and front and rear parking sensors.

Overall, the XE's infotainment system is user-friendly, though both the standard and optional systems have some downsides. The standard 8-inch system has logical menu structures and easy-to-find on-screen buttons, but it doesn't respond very quickly to inputs, and it lacks some of the state-of-the-art features found in the optional system.

The larger 10.2-inch touch screen has brilliant graphics and speedy responses, and it can be operated with smartphonelike gestures, but it can take some time to find the buttons or menus you need. The larger screen also replaces some additional physical controls from the center stack, so you'll have to sort through menus for things like radio settings or navigation.

Neither system has Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration, though the optional InControl Apps system lets you use some of your phone's apps on the touch screen like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto do.

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  • [The InControl Pro touchscreen] has impressively quick processing speed, responds well to inputs, and its especially wide size makes it look modern and aids functionality. Some of its audio controls are a little tricky to figure out, but in general, the system works well. The same could be said of the base InControl touchscreen, but it's smaller, slower to respond and has less advanced graphics." -- Edmunds
  • "The bad news is that all media, phone and settings are controlled through the touchscreen when you opt for the newer, larger unit, and trying to switch between media, phone, navigation and more while driving is a distracting and downright dangerous affair. The screen is just too big to get used to each function's location on the screen quickly, and the result is a less-than-ergonomic experience." -- New York Daily News
  • "Thanks to a new processor [the infotainment system is] incredibly fast, making scrolling through menus or finding a satellite radio station about as quick as you'd expect on an iPad or similar tablet. The menu layouts and graphics are all very pleasing and easy to figure out. With this, Jaguar joins Fiat Chrysler and Volvo as having probably the best systems currently on the market." -- Jalopnik

Cargo

The XE has a large trunk for the class, with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo room. That's quite a bit more than the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 offer with their trunks. However, the XE's trunk has a narrow shape and a small opening, so it's not very easy to load and you can't stow wide objects. A power trunk lid is available. The base trim has a fixed rear seatback, but higher trims have a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat.

  • And although the 15.9-cubic-foot trunk would seem to be among the segment-best on paper, in practice it's a bit narrow and those of competitors are likely more useful." -- Edmunds
  • Although the XE's claimed cargo volume, at 15.9 cubic feet, bests the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, a narrow opening will make it hard to stow." -- Motor Trend
  • "The XE's trunk is surprisingly narrow, and as such can't accommodate more than two carry-on suitcases side-to-side, making smart packing difficult for more than one or two people. You'll fare better than with most competitors, but hauling hero this Jaguar is not." -- New York Daily News

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