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2018 Jaguar XE Review

The 2018 Jaguar XE’s dynamic handling and powerful engine options aren’t enough to offset its low-end cabin materials and poor predicted reliability rating, which is why it ranks near the bottom of the luxury small car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Robust engine lineup
  • Agile handling
  • Narrow trunk opening
  • Terrible predicted reliability rating
  • Cabin is less upscale than rivals'

New for 2018

  • 7 horsepower bump for base engine
  • 40 horsepower boost for V6 engine
  • More powerful four-cylinder engine introduced
  • More safety features became available




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 6.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Jaguar XE Overview

Is the 2018 Jaguar XE a Good Used Car?

The Jaguar XE is not a great luxury small car. On the plus side, it’s fun to drive and has several strong engine options, including a fuel-efficient diesel engine and a supercharged V6. However, it has the lowest-possible predicted reliability rating and few physical controls for its infotainment system, which makes it cumbersome to operate. Some rivals have nicer cabins too.

The 2018 XE has a couple of strengths:

  • Lively handling
  • Robust engine lineup

This sedan also has several flaws:

  • Narrow trunk opening makes it hard to load cargo
  • Low predicted reliability rating
  • Less luxurious cabin than rivals
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Jaguar XE review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 15 automotive sources.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Jaguar XE?

Based on listings on our site for the 2018 XE, its average list price is $34,600. Prices range from $23,400 to $50,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Jaguar XE Cost to Own?

The 2018 XE’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $27,140, or $5,428 per year. That’s below average among luxury small cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New XE?

For the 2019 model year, a review camera and a 10-inch touch screen became standard in the XE. Otherwise, there were no major changes. Those features were available in older models, so you could potentially get a similar vehicle for less money.

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Jaguar introduced the XE as an all-new model for the 2017 model year. The 2018 car gained a few notable updates. A stronger turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 296 horsepower debuted, and the supercharged V6 got a 40-horsepower bump, from 340 to 380. Additionally, a few more safety features became available, such as forward traffic detection. If those aren’t important to you, consider shopping for a 2017 model, which could cost you less to buy.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 XE?

The 2018 XE has a poor predicted reliability rating of two out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Jaguar XE Recalls

Two safety recalls have been issued for this Jaguar as of this writing.

  • A fuel leak in the engine compartment may increase the risk of a fire
  • The instrument cluster may go blank

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Jaguar XE Trim Is Right for Me?

The XE is available in six trim levels: base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, XE S, and Portfolio. The entry-level XE comes well-equipped, and it's available with a few options that give it a similar features list as the Premium trim, potentially for less money. The Prestige trim adds more comfort features. The R-Sport and S are performance-oriented trims that have distinctive exterior styling elements. Shoppers search for more safety features should look to the R-Sport trim.

Most trims have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and offer a turbodiesel option. The Premium, Prestige, and R-Sport have a supercharged V6 engine option, and the S trim gets this V6 as standard.

  • Jaguar XE: The base XE features an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. A rearview camera is available.
  • Jaguar XE Premium: The XE Premium builds on the base trim with a rearview camera and an 11-speaker Meridian sound system.
  • Jaguar XE Prestige – The Prestige trim gains a navigation system, Jaguar’s InControl apps, genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and proximity keyless entry.
  • Jaguar XE R-Sport: The R-Sport has sport seats and distinctive styling elements, as well as upgraded leather upholstery, satellite radio, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic emergency braking. Traffic sign recognition, forward collision warning, a 360-degree parking camera, parallel park assist, and adaptive cruise control are available.
  • Jaguar XE S: The S model is the most powerful in the lineup. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and the range-topping supercharged V6 engine that makes 380 horsepower.
  • Jaguar XE Portfolio: The Portfolio comes with a rich array of tech and safety features, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, a 10-inch touch screen, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a head-up display, a 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a hands-free trunk, and the safety features available in the R-Sport and S trims.

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What Does Jaguar's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Jaguar offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Jaguar extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. Every CPO Jaguar must pass a 165-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing, roadside assistance, and trip interruption benefits may be available, so read the Jaguar warranty page carefully.

Jaguar has one of the best CPO programs in the industry, according to our analysis. Lexus is one of the very few that offers a better program.

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How Safe Is the XE?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested this sedan.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • adaptive speed limiter

Available advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • surround-view parking camera
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • lane departure warning and lane keep assist
  • driver condition monitor
  • perpendicular and parallel park assist
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • automatic high beams
  • adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality
  • head-up display

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2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar XE or 2018 BMW 3 Series?

The 2018 BMW 3 Series is a good luxury small car. Like the Jaguar, the 3 Series is a strong performer with a powerful engine lineup and sporty handling. However, the BMW takes the edge in most other areas. It has a more intuitive infotainment system and a roomier cabin. The Bimmer comes in hatchback and wagon body types, both of which add more cargo room. Additionally, the BMW 3 Series has a higher predicted reliability rating. On average, buying the BMW costs around $2,800 more, but if that’s in your budget, it's the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar XE or 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is an OK luxury small car. It comes in several body types, including a coupe, convertible, and four-door sedan, and it offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Like the Jaguar, the C-Class has a range of potent engines, particularly in high-performance Mercedes-AMG models. The C-Class has a much nicer cabin with nicer materials, as well as available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Neither vehicle is a great pick, but the C-Class is a better one.

Which Is Better: 2018 Jaguar XE or 2018 Jaguar F-Type?

The 2018 Jaguar F-Type is a luxury sports car. While the XE is available only as a sedan, the two-seat F-Type can be had as a convertible or coupe. The F-Type has some of the same engine options as the XE, namely the 296-horsepower four-cylinder and 380-horsepower V6, but it also adds two V8 options. The F-Type has sharper handling and nicer cabin materials, but the XE has rear seats and a few more available features, such as a 10-inch touch screen. Choosing between these Jags is a matter of preference and budget. On average, buying the F-Type costs more than twice the cost of the XE, requiring around $44,700 in additional funds to get one. Each vehicle has a poor predicted reliability rating, so we don't blame you for skipping both models.

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2018 XE Performance

How Does the 2018 XE Drive?

The base turbocharged four-cylinder engine is potent enough to make this sports sedan feel snappy on the road. Acceleration is brisk, and the automatic transmission makes smooth, quick shifts. The diesel engine is fine too, but it’s the other engines – particularly the supercharged V6 – that really take the cake.

This car feels agile and lively on the road, rivaling other sports sedans like the 2018 BMW 3 Series and 2018 Cadillac ATS. Steering is well-weighted, and a drive mode selector lets you choose between Normal, Dynamic, Eco, and Rain/Ice/Snow settings. At the same time, this car rides smoothly over most surfaces. An adaptive suspension and all-wheel drive are available.

  • Base engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 247 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque (standard in base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport)
  • Available engines:
    • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel with 180 horsepower and 318 pound-feet of torque (available in base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport)
    • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque (Portfolio)
    • 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque (available in Premium, Prestige, R-Sport)
    • 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 380 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque (S)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive.
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2018 XE Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base XE gets above average fuel economy estimates for the class. Turbodiesel models are even thriftier.

  • Base engine, RWD: 25/34 mpg city/highway
  • Base engine, AWD: 24/34 mpg
  • Diesel engine, RWD: 32/42 mpg
  • Diesel engine, AWD: 30/40 mpg
  • Portfolio, RWD: 24/32 mpg
  • Portfolio, AWD: 22/30 mpg
  • V6, RWD: 21/30 mpg
  • V6, AWD: 20/29 mpg

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2018 XE Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 XE Seat?

This sedan seats five people in two rows. The front seats are spacious and comfortable, and though the rear seats are a bit tighter, taller passengers can fit back there in a pinch. There are a few soft-touch surfaces in the cabin, but rivals like the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and 2018 Audi A4 have higher-quality interiors.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • 14-way power-adjustable front seats
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • heated rear seats
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Jaguar XE?

This Jaguar has two complete sets of LATCH connectors, and there's an additional tether anchor for the middle seat.

2018 Jaguar XE Features

Some critics liked the InControl Touch Pro infotainment system, noting that the available 10-inch touch screen has rapid response times and an intuitive menu layout. Others found the touch screen to be slow and the physical controls in short supply. Neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is available.

  • Standard infotainment features: the InControl Touch infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a six-speaker stereo  
  • Available infotainment features: a navigation system, a 10-inch touch screen, a 12.3-inch digital display, InControl apps, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 11- or 17-speaker Meridian sound system, and satellite radio
  • Additional standard features: push-button start, a moonroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control.
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry and a head-up display

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2018 Jaguar XE Dimensions

Jaguar XE Cargo Space

At 15.9 cubic-feet, this Jaguar has one of the largest trunks in the luxury small car class, eclipsing the 2018 Audi A4. The opening is narrow, however, making larger items trickier to load. A hands-free trunk lid is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Jaguar XE Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,320 to 3,795 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 4,707 to 5,025 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Jaguar XE Built?

Jaguar built the XE in the United Kingdom.


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