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2019 Jaguar XE Review

The 2019 Jaguar XE finishes in the middle of our luxury small car rankings. It delivers engaging performance thanks to energetic engines and adept handling, but the XE's lack of interior space and quality prevent it from ranking higher in the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent engine options
  • Engaging handling
  • Good gas mileage
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Funky trunk shape
  • Unimpressive interior quality

New for 2019

  • Rearview camera and 10-inch touch screen became standard
  • Limited-production SV Project 8 model debuted

7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 5.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 2.0 for reliability is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD

Is the 2019 Jaguar XE a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2019 XE is a good used luxury small car. It comes with an array of powerful engine choices and handles well, making it fun to drive. It also gets good gas mileage and provides a comfortable ride. The front seats are supportive, and the infotainment system is user-friendly.

Though it has plenty of strengths, the XE also has some fairly significant weaknesses. Though it's intuitive, the infotainment system is also glitchy. The trunk is large, but its odd shape makes the space less useful. What's more, the XE's rear seats are undersized, and the interior features some low-rent materials that look out of place in a luxury sedan.

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How Much is the 2019 Jaguar XE?

Based on listings for the 2019 Jaguar XE, the average list price is $26,138. Prices range from $26,138 to $131,362 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Jaguar XE Cost to Own?

The 2019 XE’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, taxes, fees, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $29,450, or $5,890 per year. That’s below average for the class.

2018 vs. 2019 Jaguar XE: What's the Difference?

There are a few differences between the 2018 and 2019 XE. For 2019, Jaguar made the rearview camera standard, boosted the standard touch screen to 10 inches (up from 8), and introduced a limited-production high-performance trim, the XE SV Project 8.

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Here are the key changes for the Jaguar XE since it was introduced for 2017:

  • 2017: brand-new model
  • 2018: base engine and V6 received power boosts; new four-cylinder engine became available; more available active safety features
  • 2019: rearview camera and larger touch screen made standard; limited-edition XE SV Project 8 debuted

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 XE and 2018 XE reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Jaguar XE?

The 2019 Jaguar XE does not yet have a predicted reliability rating.

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2019 Jaguar XE Recalls

There are no major recalls for the 2019 Jaguar XE at this time.

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Which Used Jaguar XE Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Jaguar XE comes in seven trims: base, Premium, Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport, S, and the limited-production SV Project 8. Some trims come with several engine choices. The base engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder, and models with this engine are designated 25t. A more powerful version of this engine is found in models with the 30t badge. There's also a turbodiesel (20d) that is available in most trims, while a supercharged V6 comes only in the XE S trim.

All models except the high-performance XE SV Project 8 come standard with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available in all trims and standard in the SV Project 8.

The base trim is appealing for its solid list of standard features and both individual and packaged options. However, to get any driver assistance features beyond the standard rearview camera, you'll have to go with at least a Premium model with extra equipment.

The midrange Prestige model is worth considering because it adds many optional features from the lower trims, along with leather upholstery and access to even more available amenities.

When new, Jaguar offered a lot of options for the 2019 XE. That means you may be able to find Jaguar XE models with features in addition to those listed here.

  • Jaguar XE: The Jaguar XE's standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and the Touch Pro 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a USB port.
  • Jaguar XE Premium: The Jaguar XE Premium includes a 40/20/40-split-folding rear seat, auto-dimming and power-folding outside mirrors, driver's seat and mirror memory functions, and an 11-speaker Meridian sound system.
  • Jaguar XE Prestige: The XE Prestige adds leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable seats, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, proximity keyless entry, and InControl smartphone app connectivity.
  • Jaguar XE Portfolio: The XE Portfolio includes ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a Meridian audio system, a hands-free power trunk lid, a head-up display, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keep assist, and front and rear parking sensors.
  • Jaguar XE R-Sport: The XE R-Sport gains unique exterior design elements, satellite radio, adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, front sport seats, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning.
  • Jaguar XE S: The Jaguar XE S is the only model that comes with the supercharged V6 engine. It includes 18-way power-adjustable front seats, a combination of leather and suede upholstery, and all the standard features of all the lower trims.
  • Jaguar XE SV Project 8: The SV Project 8 features a 592-horsepower supercharged V8 engine. It also includes upgrades like standard all-wheel drive, performance brakes and suspension, performance front seats, and unique wheels.

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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?

The 2019 Jaguar XE has not been put through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Adaptive speed limiter
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Automatic parking assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Head-up display
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking

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2019 Jaguar XE Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Jaguar XE or 2019 BMW 3 Series?

The 2019 BMW 3 Series finishes ahead of the XE in our luxury small car rankings, and it's the better vehicle. The Jaguar is athletic and fun to drive, but so is the 3 Series, and the latter feels even more dynamic behind the wheel. Also, the 3 Series features roomier rear seats and a more upscale cabin than the Jaguar.

Which Is Better: 2019 Jaguar XE or 2019 Audi A4?

The 2019 Audi A4 stands above the XE in this competitive segment. The A4 has perhaps the nicest interior in the class, and it's much more posh than the XE's cabin. The Audi has more second-row space than the XE, and its infotainment system is one of the best on the market. These two sedans deliver comparable performance, with solid engine choices and well-rounded handling.

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2019 XE Performance

How Does the 2019 Jaguar XE Drive?

You have plenty of powertrain options in this Jaguar sedan, and all of them are solid. The base turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers adequate power and acceleration for just about any driving situation. A more powerful turbo-four and a turbodiesel are available, and both provide energetic acceleration.

The available supercharged V6 moves the XE with gusto, and with it, the XE boasts a zero-to-60 mph time of just 4.8 seconds – a sports-car-worthy time. Still, that's not the baddest engine in the lineup. That honor goes to the supercharged V8 powering the limited-production, high-performance SV Project 8 model. It pumps out 592 horsepower, and it's the most powerful street-legal Jaguar ever.

Powerful engines are only part of the XE's performance equation. It has sharp steering and agile handling, and it doesn't lean much around turns. It also doesn't sacrifice ride quality in the name of athleticism; it rides smoothly over most road surfaces. Add it all up, and the XE is fun to drive.

  • Base engine: 247-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (25t)
  • Available engines:
    • 296-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (30t)
    • 180-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel (20d)
    • 380-horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 (S)
    • 592-horsepower supercharged 5.0-liter V8 (SV Project 8)
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: eight-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Jaguar XE Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine, the XE earns better fuel economy ratings than many of its classmates. The available turbodiesel is the thriftiest. Models with this engine are among the most fuel-efficient in the class.

  • Turbo-four, RWD: 25/34 mpg city/highway
  • Turbo-four, AWD: 24/34 mpg
  • V6, RWD: 21/30 mpg
  • V6, AWD: 20/29 mpg
  • V8, AWD: 16/22 mpg
  • Turbodiesel, RWD: 32/42 mpg
  • Turbodiesel, AWD: 30/40 mpg

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2019 XE Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 XE Seat?

The 2019 XE seats five people in two rows. The cabin looks modern, but many other luxury small cars have more stylish interiors with higher-quality materials. The front seats are firm, but they're spacious and supportive, and it's easy to find a comfortable driving position. The rear seats feel cramped, and taller people will likely wish for more head- and legroom.

Standard seating features:

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

Available seating features:

  • Leather and suede upholstery
  • Full leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Front sport seats
  • 14- or 18-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Jaguar XE?

The 2019 XE has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors.

2019 Jaguar XE Features

The InControl infotainment system features an intuitive interface. The standard touch screen is larger than many rivals' standard displays, and it responds quickly to inputs. However, the system has a few glitches that may cause it to freeze.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: satellite radio, navigation, an 11- or 17-speaker Meridian sound system, a 12.3-inch digital driver information display, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and InControl Apps smartphone connectivity
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control and a moonroof
  • Other available features: proximity keyless entry

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2019 Jaguar XE Dimensions

Jaguar XE Cargo Space

The XE has a larger trunk than most luxury small cars. It provides 16.1 cubic feet of room, and a split-folding rear seat gives you some added flexibility to haul larger items. However, the XE's trunk opening is rather small and the trunk shape is unusual, making it tough to load your cargo.

2019 Jaguar XE Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,385 to 3,915 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Jaguar XE Built?

Jaguar built the 2019 XE in the United Kingdom.

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