2019 Jaguar XE

Interior


MSRP
$36,995
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2019 Jaguar XE Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2019 Jaguar XE was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 6.9

The 2019 Jaguar XE has an uninspiring interior quality that doesn’t match the quality of many rivals. It provides a cramped second row and so-so cargo utility, but it does have a fairly large trunk. While most of its tech features are user-friendly, smartphone integration is overly complicated.

  • "The plastics on the door panels and console sides are disappointing, and the fit could be better. Some buttons creak, which doesn't help." -- Edmunds
  • Modern, sophisticated and well-assembled, the interior of the new … 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 (2018)
  • "Noise levels inside the XE's cabin is minimal but the fit and finish is not up to par with the class due to some cheap materials used in some areas include the paddle shifters." -- Motor Trend (2018)

Seating

The Jaguar XE seats five people on standard synthetic leather upholstery with 10-way power-adjustable front seats. Options include genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, driver's seat memory functions, 14-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, sport front seats, 18-way power-adjustable front seats, and a combination leather and suede upholstery.

The front seats are fairly comfortable, and they provide decent bolstering, but some critics bemoan the lack of thigh support. Taller drivers and passengers should have enough room up front, but the second row is very tight on space.

For installing child safety seats, the XE has two complete sets of LATCH connectors on the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the middle seat. All of the anchors are easy to access and use.

  • The seats offer very good comfort and support for long trips. The power lumbar support initially feels a bit too generous, but that sensation quickly fades. The seat's cushioning is on the firm side. … The steering wheel is sized right, and the seat has a long range of height adjustment. Fore-aft seat travel is good, too — tall people will have no problem fitting up front. But anyone sitting behind them won't be happy. ... This is not a large cabin. Space in the front isn't an issue, even with the panoramic sunroof, but the door armrests are weirdly sloped, making your elbow prone to slipping off. Rear headroom is tight — 6-footers will graze the headliner, and kneeroom is marginal." -- 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 (2018)
  • "Calling the … Jaguar XE a family sedan is a stretch. It seats five, but snugly, and rear-seat legroom is tight." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Jaguar XE include 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.

Optional features include satellite radio, navigation, an 11- or 17-speaker Meridian sound system, a universal garage door opener, proximity keyless entry, a power rear-window sunshade, a 12.3-inch digital driver information display, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and InControl Apps smartphone connectivity.

The XE's infotainment features generally function well and are straightforward. Most critics note that commands process quickly. However, the native smartphone integration isn't as useful as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

Optional advanced safety features 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.

See 2019 Jaguar XE specs »

  • "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. … The smartphone integration can be clunky. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto would be a prime solution for this." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 (2018)

Cargo

The Jaguar XE has 16.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is very high for the class. However, the trunk’s small opening and odd shape limit its utility. A 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat and a hands-free trunk are optional.

  • While the trunk is deep and larger than average … its opening is on the small side. It has a power-operated lid and fairly low liftover height. A 40/20/40-split folding back seat is a nice feature to enhance its usefulness." -- Edmunds
  • Cargo space, however, is more than adequate … 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)
  • The trunk can easily hold four carry-ons, but a stepped floor makes packing a bit awkward." -- Car and Driver (2017)
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