2018 Jaguar XE

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2018 Jaguar XE Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.9

The 2018 Jaguar XE has accommodating front seats and a quiet cabin. However, a number of drawbacks – including limited back-seat legroom, lackluster materials and build quality, a narrow trunk, and tech that some find awkward to use – bring down its overall interior score.

  • "The cabin materials and construction quality just don't feel on the same level of its European, Japanese or American rivals, and don't feel cut from the same cloth as other Jags. Where other Jags have fine finish and flair, the XE looks and feels more like a very nice mainstream family sedan." -- Edmunds
  • Noise levels inside the XE's cabin [are] minimal but the fit and finish is not up to par with the class due to some cheap materials used in some areas include (sic) the paddle shifters." -- Motor Trend
  • Modern, sophisticated and well-assembled, the interior of the new 2018 Jaguar XE mimics the design also used in the brand's F-Pace SUV and XF sedan. Front passengers are treated to comfortable seats, and Jaguar uses a good mix of a touch-based screen and traditional buttons for audio and climate controls. It's a very clean design, simple and intuitive to use. Unfortunately, the ambiance isn't as inspired as the interior of the Mercedes C-Class or the Audi A4." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

Synthetic leather seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and a fixed rear seat come standard in the 2018 XE. Jaguar also offers leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, sport-style front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a 40/20/40-split-folding rear seat. For child safety seats, there is full set of upper and lower anchors located at each outboard seat.

Taller travelers will be most comfortable in the front, where the seats provide supportive bolstering and adequate room on all sides. The back seat is a bit more pinched, though it will accommodate two adults for a brief spell.

  • "The XE feels snug and intimate from the driver's seat. The supportive seat adjusts enough to accommodate taller drivers, and the ride quality remains comfortable on a variety of road surfaces." -- Edmunds
  • "The seat bottom are also lacking in thigh support, especially taller drivers with long legs. … Rear seat space is also cramped due to the car's swoopy roofline." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

The XE's base infotainment system is composed of the InControl Touch interface, an 8-inch touch-screen display, HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system. Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, push-button start, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Among the available options are navigation, a 10-inch touch screen, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, a 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system, satellite radio, smartphone integration, and a proximity key.

The XE comes with few standard safety features (though it includes rain-sensing windshield wipers and a system to discourage you from speeding). There is a profuse amount of advanced safety features on the options list, however. These include a rearview camera, a surround-view camera system, emergency braking, lane departure warning, active lane keep assist, a driver condition monitor, traffic sign recognition, active park assist for both parallel and perpendicular parking, blind spot monitoring with active blind spot assist, rear cross traffic monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality.

Jaguar's infotainment interface gets inconsistent feedback from critics. Some like the large, sleek display screen and say the system is responsive, while others wish for more redundant buttons and report that the interface is slow, especially with regard to the available navigation system.

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  • "The 10-inch touchscreen has impressively quick processing speed and responds well to inputs. Its widescreen layout aids in functionality and gives it a modern look. Additional driver assistance features enhance already useful driver aids." -- Edmunds
  • "As for the infotainment system, Jaguar Land Rover's InControl interface is finicky and suffers from glitches that cause it to freeze (at least, in our test car). The touchscreen is also slow to respond, especially when inputting commands for navigation." -- Motor Trend
  • "After years of lagging the competition in the infotainment and connectivity wars, Jag's new InControl Touch Pro infotainment/navigation system finally measures up. Touch Pro includes a widely configurable 12.3-inch high-definition touch screen, an ultra-quick navigation system, and a 17-speaker Meridian digital surround-sound system. It is intuitive to use and quick to respond." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The XE has a 15.9-cubic-foot trunk, which is one of the largest in the class. It's quite narrow, though, which cuts down on how much stuff you can actually load. A hands-free trunk lid is available.

  • Small luxury sedans aren't known for their utility, so expectations are low. The XE's 15.9-cubic-foot trunk would seem to be among the biggest in the class, but it's actually a bit narrow. The trunk space offered in most competitors is more doable for day-to-day use." -- Edmunds
  • The trunk can easily hold four carry-ons, but a stepped floor makes packing a bit awkward." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • Cargo space, however, is more than adequate at 15.9 cubic feet in the trunk, a full 2.9 cubic feet more than a BMW 330i, but in application, it's not quite as simple as just a numbers advantage. 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 (2017)
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