2019 Jaguar XE

Performance


MSRP
$36,995
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2019 Jaguar XE Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.6

The 2019 Jaguar XE has a lineup of powerful engines, one of which returns some of the best fuel economy in the class. This Jaguar provides dynamic yet refined handling, and it’s very fun to drive.

  • Overall, it's a pleasant driving experience. The eight-speed auto's shifts are smooth but not especially quick. In general, it is well-behaved, though it doesn't always make the right decisions in spirited driving." -- Edmunds
  • Jaguar wants its XE to be known as the driver's car in its class, and that claim might go uncontested in the Old World, where the 3-series barely hangs on to its reputation. But the Brits are either inexperienced with the Cadillac ATS or willfully ignorant of its charms. The American sports sedan holds an edge in steering feel, turn-in, and at-the-limit behavior. The Jaguar's advantage is that it offers most of the Caddy's sharpness without the flinty ride. The XE drives like a maxi-Miata, only without so much body roll. It's rolling proof that soft cars aren't always sloppy and sporty models needn't be stiff." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • Without question, the XE is a solid offering from Jaguar. But at least from the cars offered for testing here, in the area of pure driving fun, it isn't quite the best in the segment. On those roads in Colorado, I couldn't help but think I'd rather be in a 340i or an ATS instead." -- Jalopnik (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The 2019 Jaguar XE comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 247 horsepower. A 296-horsepower turbocharged engine is optional, as is a 180-horsepower four-cylinder turbodiesel. The most powerful engine in the lineup is the supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 380 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. All of the engines provide solid power and acceleration, though the higher-horsepower turbo choice and the supercharged V6 are more thrilling.

The XE gets up to 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway with its turbodiesel engine, which are among the best fuel economy estimates in the class. The standard turbocharged four-cylinder gets 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy for the supercharged V6 is rated at 21/30 mpg city/highway.

  • Acceleration is undramatic and effective. There's good response except when you stand on it after a throttle-off situation. At full whack, it pulls with reasonable authority and minimal fuss. Our test XE covered 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds, which is slightly below average for the class." -- Edmunds
  • "Most buyers will be happy with the efficient turbo 4-cylinder that enables 0-60-mph sprints in just 6.5 seconds. This standard powerplant is smooth and it's paired well with Jaguar's 8-speed automatic transmission, which is one of the best, shifting precisely and quickly. This is a fun car to drive with this combination. Less exhilarating but more efficient is the 2.0-liter turbodiesel in the XE 20d. It isn't slow at 7.5 seconds to 60 mph, and the engine pulls strongly thanks to its gargantuan 318 lb-ft of torque. The XE 35t, with a 340-horsepower supercharged V6, records 0-60-mph blasts of five seconds. That engine is glorious in sound and performance, and pairs well with both the XE's excellent AWD system or in traditional rear-drive form." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The power takes a second to fully kick in, but the beauty of a supercharger is that it makes the engine put out more power than it would have normally as the revs climb, so it behaves more like a naturally aspirated engine on steroids. This is a seriously fast sedan, and one that would have gotten me in a lot more trouble on twisty backroads than I was prepared for if it wasn't for an intuitive traction control system." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Handling and Braking

The Jaguar XE has sharp handling and precise steering. Ride quality is comfortable, though critics disagree about how larger wheels affect the car’s balance. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "Its quick, well-weighted steering is well-matched to the handling, making the XE feel lively in moderately spirited driving. There's not much feel, however. … There's a very nice ride and handling balance in the XE. The ride quality is smooth even on bumpy roads at a quickish pace. The car absorbs speed bumps quite nicely and recovers well. The ride is pleasant, capable and sharp enough but never harsh in any way." -- Edmunds
  • Steering feel is overly artificial, but the response is precise and the effort is perfect. Those who opt for bigger wheels must contend with a stiff ride." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "The numbers imply it, but the experience behind the seat seals it: Here's your luxury sport sedan handling benchmark. The 35t offers friendly neutrality through accurate steering and a responsive chassis, which makes it playful in a way that encourages you to drive it harder. This sedan is equally fun to place on the corner of an empty mountain road or up a freeway on-ramp. Even better, the optional 20-inch wheels don't adversely affect ride quality, thanks in part to the XE's automatically adjusting dampers." -- Motor Trend (2017)
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