Jaguar’s first foray into a smaller car since the oft maligned X-Type, the XE is a serious competitor to similar sized offerings from Germany’s best: BMW, Audi, and Mercedes Benz, but offers a refreshing, British take on the compact car.
Complete with all wheel drive and a miserly, diesel-sipping 2.0L 4 cylinder engine that achieves a staggering 40mpg fuel economy, the small Jaguar can’t help but put a smile on the driver’s face, all the while passing fuel stations as if they don’t exist. With 318 ft-lbs of torque, the diesel’s “get out of the gate quickly” power exceeds that of its nearest competitor, the BMW 328d by more than 10% — not a small number.
But this is a diesel engine that’s barely noticeable, apart from its tremendous acceleration mid gear; interior cabin noise is a scant 73 decibels under full acceleration. Highway range is around 1000km, meaning a Vancouver to San Francisco and back to Vancouver run can be done on only three tank fulls.
Complete with every creature comfort that one would expect from this little Jaguar’s larger siblings, the XE delivers in every respect.
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