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2019 Jaguar XE Review

The 2019 Jaguar XE is a lively, athletic small luxury sports sedan, but its tight back seat and disappointing interior quality hold it back in our rankings.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 6.9
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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.

Pros & Cons

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

New for 2019

  • Standard rearview camera and 10-inch touch screen
  • Limited-production SV Project 8 model

Is the Jaguar XE a Good Car?

The Jaguar XE is an OK luxury small car. Its strong suit is performance, with a handful of engine options ranging from an efficient turbodiesel to a voracious supercharged V6. From behind the wheel, the XE impresses with deft handling and a composed ride. Other than performance, however, this Jag fails to stand out from the pack. It isn't as nice inside as many other cars in the class, its second row is smaller than most rivals, and there are a few infotainment aspects that need improvement.

Should I Buy the Jaguar XE?

The Jaguar XE is worth considering if you want a fun-to-drive luxury sedan. However, you’ll have to sacrifice interior space and quality. The XE doesn’t stack up well against well-rounded luxury cars like the BMW 3 Series or the Audi A4. Both of these cars offer the elegance and performance of a luxury brand, along with space and everyday practicality to boot.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Jaguar XE?

The Jaguar XE had a limited release for the 2016 model year and a wide release for the 2017 model year. You can likely save money by purchasing an older version, but you should weigh the differences between models against your potential savings. A rearview camera and a 10-inch touch screen became standard for 2019. The 10-inch screen was previously optional, and the base version had an 8-inch screen. Changes for 2018 include horsepower boosts to two engines and the introduction of the 296-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder option.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read the full review of the 2017 and 2018 XE to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 17 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 17 Jaguar XE reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 XE is the right new car for you. This 2019 Jaguar XE review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2016 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Jaguar XE Cost?

The 2019 Jaguar XE starts at $36,995, which is a little above average for a luxury small car. Multiple engine choices and several trim levels give several of possible combinations for the car, most of which retail for above $40,000. All-wheel drive is available for $2,500 throughout the lineup, and most models offer a handful of optional packages or individual features. Prices for these additions range from several hundred to a few thousand dollars.

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Jaguar XE Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Jaguar XE or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series sedan is fully redesigned for 2019. It beats the XE in almost every way. The Jaguar is undoubtedly fun to drive, with its peppy engines and engaging handling, but the 3 Series outdoes the XE in both categories. The BMW has a revamped steering system for improved handling and a more powerful base engine than the outgoing model’s. The 3 Series offers a spacious back seat and a nicer interior than the XE. The BMW is the clear winner here.

Which Is Better: Jaguar XE or Audi A4?

The Audi A4 is another top choice in this competitive segment. It has a luxurious interior, marked by a sleek, modern design and amenities like standard leather upholstery. The A4 has more second-row space than the XE, and Audi's infotainment functions are some of the best on the market. Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay make the A4 easier to live with every day than the XE. These two sedans deliver comparable performance, with solid engine choices and well-rounded handling. However, the Audi is the better all-around car.

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XE Interior

How Many People Does the XE Seat?

The Jaguar XE sedan seats five people. Accommodations up front are good, with standard 10-way power adjustments making it easy to find a comfortable driving or riding position. The seat cushions are a little firm, and you might find them overly bolstered, but they provide enough support for long journeys. Synthetic leather upholstery is standard, and you can spring for full leather, heating and ventilation, or 14-way power-adjustable seats. The range-topping XE S model includes unique sport seats with 18-way power adjustments and leather and suede upholstery.

However, seating in the back is a different story. The car's sloping roofline cuts into precious headroom, and there's not a lot of legroom. Taller passengers will want to limit their time back there as much as possible. Even for a luxury small car, the XE feels cramped.

XE and Car Seats

The XE has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections on the rear outboard seats and a dedicated tether anchor for the middle seat. Like in many upscale vehicles, the lower anchors are located behind plastic covers and 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’s interior doesn't really make the grade for this class. It has a modern design, but it's not as elegant as some of its nicer German rivals. The build quality also feels subpar, and there are some noticeably cheap-feeling surfaces and materials.

XE Cargo Space

The Jaguar XE serves up 16.1 cubic feet of trunk space. That's one of the largest cargo holds in the class, and most cars with more cargo space also have a sportback or hatchback body style. Still, a small trunk opening and a narrow cargo hold limit its overall usefulness. The base XE model has a fixed rear seat, so you can't fold it down to haul long items. All other trims come with a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat, and hands-free trunk access is optional.

The fully redesigned BMW 3 Series sedan has more trunk space, at 16.9 cubic feet. The five-door Gran Turismo and Sports Wagon have 24.6 and 27.5 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively. The Audi A4 has a 13-cubic-foot trunk, which is about average for the class. 

XE Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2019 XE boasts a solid list of tech features, starting with the 10-inch InControl touch-screen infotainment system. This version became standard for this model year, replacing an 8-inch screen in the previous model. The system generally responds quickly to your commands, and it’s is easy to use. However, some reviewers note that occasional glitches cause the system to freeze.

You can add smartphone connectivity through the optional InControl Apps feature. Unlike the essentially plug-and-play capability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, this interface requires downloading and setting up a suite of specific apps and connections. Other optional features include satellite radio, navigation, an 11- or 17-speaker Meridian sound system, a 12.3-inch digital driver information display, and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot.

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XE Performance

XE Engine: Plenty of Power Available

You have lots of engine choices with the 2019 Jaguar XE. There are five available engines, and each is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which shifts quickly and with precision. The standard engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 247 horsepower. It gets you going with little drama, and it should satisfy most buyers. There's also a 296-horsepower version of this engine that feels more potent, especially for highway cruising or quick passing maneuvers. A 180-horsepower four-cylinder turbodiesel option may not seem like much on paper, but it doles out plenty of low-end torque for decent acceleration.

The Jaguar XE S boasts a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that generates 380 horsepower. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, and it feels incredibly fast for day-to-day driving. Jaguar has also announced a high-performance, limited-production model called the XE SV Project 8. It features a behemoth 592-horsepower supercharged V8, making it the most powerful street-legal Jaguar ever. The SV Project 8 also includes upgrades like standard all-wheel drive, performance brakes and suspension, performance front seats, and unique wheels.

XE Gas Mileage: The Real Deal is the Diesel

The 2019 XE with its optional turbodiesel engine is one of the most efficient cars in the class – it returns an estimated 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. The regular turbo-four engines get up to 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are still very good numbers for the segment. Fuel economy for the XE S' supercharged V6 is rated at 21/30 mpg city/highway. All XE models come standard with rear-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available. AWD models lose 1 or 2 mpg compared to their RWD counterparts.

XE Ride and Handling: Best of Both Worlds  

The Jaguar XE has deft driving dynamics and a poised demeanor. Its steering is precise and responsive, and it feels well-weighted. There's little body roll around corners, so you can tackle turns or freeway ramps with confidence. This Jaguar doesn't eschew the luxury part of handling for complete sportiness, as it manages a comfortable ride over most surfaces. In road tests, reviewers were split on how adding larger wheels affected the car. Some think that the upgrade makes the ride stiffer, while others note that the ride remains comfortable even with the larger wheels. An adaptive suspension is optional, which allows you to adjust the handling to suit your driving style.

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XE Reliability

Is the Jaguar XE Reliable?

As of this writing, the 2019 Jaguar XE doesn't 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 Jaguar XE hasn't undergone crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That's fairly common for luxury vehicles.

XE Safety Features

A rearview camera is the only standard driver assistance feature in the 2019 XE. Many luxury and even mainstream vehicles include more standard active safety tech. The XE offers a ton of optional advanced safety features, most of which are bundled into a few packages. These include front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, traffic sign recognition, adaptive speed limiter, a surround-view parking camera, automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, driver condition monitoring, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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Which Jaguar XE Model Is Right for Me?

The Jaguar XE comes in five different trims, and Jaguar has announced a high-performance model as well. Some models have several engine choices available. 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 powertrain that can be added to most trims, while only the XE S trim comes with a supercharged V6. 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 for $2,500.

The base trim is appealing for its solid list of standard features and array of options that lets you add features individually or as part of a package. You won't have to jump up a full trim level to get amenities like heated seats, satellite radio, or navigation. To get any driver assistance features beyond the standard rearview camera, you'll have to at least go with the Premium model and then purchase a package from there. 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.

Jaguar XE

The 2019 Jaguar XE starts at $36,995. Standard features include synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, and the Touch Pro 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Bluetooth, HD Radio, and a USB port.

The Cold Climate package costs $1,020 and includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a heated windshield and washer jets. For $610, you can add the Connect Pro package, which includes a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot and InControl Apps smartphone connectivity. Other individual options include satellite radio for $360 and navigation for $510.

Jaguar XE Premium

Starting at $39,275, 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, an 11-speaker Meridian sound system, and a universal garage door opener.

The Premium trim offers the same options and packages as the base trim. Proximity keyless entry is also optional for $565. The Vision package costs $2,595 and adds adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Jaguar XE Prestige  

Starting at $43,735, the XE Prestige adds leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, proximity keyless entry, and InControl smartphone app connectivity.

Additional options for the Prestige trim include the Comfort and Convenience package, which adds a hands-free power trunk, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a power rear-window sunshade. The Tech package costs $935 and comes with a 17-speaker Meridian surround-sound system and a 12.3-inch digital driver information display. An adaptive dynamic suspension is optional for $1,020, and a head-up display is optional for $1,010.

Jaguar XE R-Sport

The XE R-Sport includes unique exterior design elements, satellite radio, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, sport seats, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and driver condition monitoring. Prices start at $47,845.

The R-Sport trim offers all the options and packages that the Prestige trim does. You can also spring for the Driver Assistance package ($3,495), which adds traffic sign recognition, adaptive speed limiter, a surround-view parking camera, automatic parking assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Jaguar XE S

The Jaguar XE S is the only model that comes with the supercharged V6 engine. It starts at $53,785 and includes 18-way power-adjustable front seats, a combination of leather and suede upholstery, and all the standard features of all the lower trims.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Jaguar XE provides potent engine options and athletic handling. However, many class rivals have similar attributes, while also excelling with passenger space, interior quality, and technology features.

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

  • When you combine these engines with the XE's sporty suspension and steering calibrations, you get a naturally small sedan that's fun to drive no matter the powertrain choice. But there are certain aspects of the XE that may frustrate some buyers. The rear seat is much smaller than the competition, and some materials in the door and dash do not feel up to snuff for the luxury brand. Another area that may frustrate is in the smartphone integration. To get full functionality out of the infotainment system and your smartphone, you'll have to download multiple apps with their own specific logins. Nevertheless, the Jaguar XE has a unique style and excellent dynamics. As long as you don't regularly need to carry rear-seat passengers, it's a near-ideal sport sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "In a sea of BMW 3 Series, Audi A4s and Mercedes C-Class, the Jaguar is something your neighbors don't have. You'll like the XE if you want to bust out of the ordinary. It has the chops to challenge those popular Germans, but it stands on its own. … The quality of Jaguar vehicles is better than ever and continuing to improve rapidly, but it's statistically still behind some of its German and Japanese rivals." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • The … Jaguar XE brings excellent driving dynamics to the compact sport sedan segment, making it a first generation hit, although its serviceable infotainment offerings lack the wow factor of some of the competition." -- CNET (2017)
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