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2020 Jaguar XE Interior Review

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Interior: 6.7

The 2020 Jaguar XE receives some interior styling upgrades compared to previous models, and it shows. The cabin is quiet and attractive, and there are plenty of soft-touch materials. The front seats – also upgraded for this year – are comfortable, but the rear seats feel a bit cramped and lack adequate support for long drives. Trunk space is good for the class, and there are plenty of standard and available features. However, the infotainment system isn't up to the standards set by rival systems.

  • "Inside, redesigned seats greet front occupants, and the basic bones of the dashboard carry over. The XE's cabin looks and feels more premium than before, thanks to standard leather upholstery and better material quality throughout. Soft-touch materials now blanket all major surfaces including the dash, center console and door panels. The door panels themselves are redone for improved ergonomics, gaining better grab handles, wider and softer armrests and bigger storage pockets." -- CNET
  • "The biggest change to the 2020 Jaguar XE's interior is the increased use of soft-touch materials throughout, together with redesigned door panels. Also, the center console, upper instrument binnacle and dash have all been covered with premium new finishes, and the veneers extend into the back of the XE's 5-seat cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "But the cabin receives more critical updates, specifically a much-needed upgrading of interior materials and trim. While higher-quality materials lend the XE a distinctly more luxurious feel, also welcome is a 12.3-inch driver display screen, Jag's familiar InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system (optional), and modern features like a wireless phone charging pad and a new steering wheel with updated illuminated controls." -- Autoblog

Seating

The Jaguar XE seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Front sport seats come standard in the R-Dynamic trim. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing child car seats. All of the anchors are easy to access and use.

Up front, the seats provide plenty of space and support for people of all shapes and sizes. The ample side bolstering also keeps you in place when going around fast turns. The rear seats don't have as much room, to the point that taller adults may not have enough head- or legroom. The back seats are also less supportive than those up front.

  • The front seats are spacious enough for taller adults and provide excellent lateral support when tossing the XE around on a curvy road. The rear seats carry over from previous years and are better-suited to smaller passengers. A 5-foot-10-inch rear passenger will be bumping into the headliner, and the short and low seat cushions offer little thigh support. In a pinch or for very short trips, however, they should be fine." -- Edmunds
  • "The new seats feel wider and better suited for husky types." -- Autoweek
  • Small touches like wider, softer armrests, posher seat coverings, and more spacious door pockets also elevate the passenger experience although the rear seats are tight at the knees and head for my 5'11" frame." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard features in the XE include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and the Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touch screen, two USB ports, Bluetooth, HD Radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

The XE also comes standard with many driver assistance features, including a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, and all surface progress control, which is a low-speed cruise control that helps you maintain a steady speed in low-traction scenarios.

Available features include a 12.3-inch interactive driver display that takes the place of the gauge cluster, wireless device charging, and the Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, which adds a 5.5-inch climate-control touch screen (in addition to the standard 10-inch screen) and also has navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a Meridian audio system.

Available active safety features include a head-up display, a 360-degree parking camera, rear cross traffic alert, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and a video rearview mirror, which uses a camera feed to provide an unobstructed view of what's behind the vehicle.

The XE's impressive list of standard features includes useful smartphone connectivity options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You may end up making frequent use of them, as the Touch Pro infotainment system has a bit of a learning curve, and it responds slowly to inputs. The available dual-screen system does little to improve matters, as its smaller secondary screen (used for climate control functions) is hard to read and a bit distracting to use on the go.

The video rearview mirror is a nifty feature that lets you clearly see what's behind you, even if you have tall passengers in the back seat or anything else that might obstruct the view in a traditional rearview mirror. Another notable update for 2020 is that the XE replaces its rotary shifter with an electronic upright gearshift selector, similar to what you'll find in other Jaguar or Land Rover vehicles.

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  • As in other Jaguars, this [InControl Touch Pro Duo] system uses a 10-inch upper touchscreen that's relatively responsive to commands. … For anyone who isn't a fan of InControl (many Roadshow editors aren't), you can hand infotainment duties over to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, since both are standard. Touch Pro Duo's lower, 5.5-inch screen has two large rotary dials and is in charge of climate controls. This is a slick setup, and like the top screen, touch response on the 5.5-inch display is vastly improved. That said, the small icons on this screen are hard to accurately hit while driving." -- CNET
  • The new dual-screen display is by far the most visually striking new feature, with the bottom screen handling climate control duties and the top screen taking over the rest of the infotainment functions. It's attractive, but unfortunately it still has some of the slowest responses in the industry. To its credit, we never experienced the system crashes and irritating glitches that have plagued Jaguar Land Rover vehicles in recent years. The inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto goes a long way to making the system easier to live with." -- Edmunds
  • Taking tech to the next level, the 2020 XE adopts the steering wheel and Jaguar Land Rover's InControl Touch Pro Duo interface from the I-Pace, both of which serve to reduce what few physical buttons the XE had left. Even the rotary knobs for the climate system have multiple functions and incorporate tiny screens. As with any new screen-based interface, the menu paths and hidden functions take some time to learn and operate smoothly, but nothing stands out as grossly ergonomically weird. Also among the XE's new-for-2020 componentry is a conventional pistol-style shift lever that replaces the previous model's quirky rotary shifter and facilitates manual gear selection – push forward for downshifts, pull back for upshifts, as God intended." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The XE has a 14.5-cubic-foot trunk. That's larger than most competitors offer, though it's worth noting that models equipped with a spare tire only have 12.1 cubic feet of trunk space. The opening of either version is a bit narrow, making it difficult to load some larger items. But on the bright side, the liftover height is low. There's also plenty of small-item storage space in the cabin. A hands-free power trunk lid is available.

  • Behind those seats is a larger-than-average trunk that easily accommodates a very large suitcase and a carry-on or two. The narrow opening complicates loading the bags, but the low liftover height at least reduces some of the effort." -- Edmunds
  • The newly designed door panels fit one-liter water bottles, for example, and the center tunnel and rear door panels are better finished and provide more cover for discreet ambient lighting." -- Car and Driver
  • The XE's … interior door panels have been redesigned to significantly increase the amount of available storage. Large water bottles fit with ease inside the front doors, and their armrests are both wider and softer than before." -- Kelley Blue Book
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