Before we altercate our impressions gleaned from alive the alive 2020 Jaguar XE, it’s account pointing out that afore the 2017 XE appeared, baby sedans had never absolutely been Jaguar’s thing. Sure, sedans—saloons, as the British alarm them—have buttered the aliment in Coventry for best of Jaguar’s 85-year history. But the alone added Jaguar four-door congenital in admeasurement Baby was the 2001 to 2009 X-type, which we chiefly bethink for its changeable administration and new-Ford smell. So, you’re forgiven if the anticipation of Jaguar architecture a small, ambrosial auto seems new, abnormally as the cast additionally now dabbles in architecture ambrosial crossovers and electric cars, which additionally haven’t been its affair heretofore.
As for the XE, which for 2020 comes alone in anew christened P250 and P300 guises (the antecedent V-6 models are dead), it assuredly feels like the sports auto that Jaguar needs. We arise a abounding briefing of the XE’s changes for 2020 beforehand this year, but afterwards our day abaft the caster in southern France, we can characterize some of these changes as subtle, while others, decidedly in the interior, are absolute and effective.
Arguably the best attenuate changes were fabricated to the car’s skin. Since its debut, the XE has consistently been a abate carbon of Jaguar’s mid-size XF, and the 2020 updates accompany it alike afterpiece to its bigger brother. Squintier LED headlamps with “J blade” alive lights admit a bit added appearance to the XE’s snout, while added grilles with some centralized curvature arm-twist Jaguar’s I-Pace EV. All versions affection adapted rear bumpers with afar chrome bankrupt tips, while the added aggressively styled R-Dynamic models add atramentous cobweb trim advanced and rear. The R-Dynamic additionally brings atramentous exoteric trim in abode of chrome, a rear lip spoiler, and sportier auto up to 21 inches in diameter.
However abounding Jaguar may try to become, no one will acquire a Jaguar that doesn’t affectation one of its best longstanding amount competencies: luxury. In this respect, the antecedent XE fell short. The aggregation deserves acclaim for bound mobilizing in response, authoritative upgrades anniversary year to appearance in bigger berth materials, a new screen-based barometer cluster, and an bigger infotainment system, amid added tweaks. Taking tech to the abutting level, the 2020 XE adopts the council caster and Jaguar Land Rover’s InControl Touch Pro Duo interface from the I-Pace, both of which serve to abate what few concrete buttons the XE had left. Alike the rotary knobs for the altitude arrangement accept assorted functions and absorb tiny screens.
As with any new screen-based interface, the card paths and hidden functions booty some time to apprentice and accomplish smoothly, but annihilation stands out as grossly ergonomically weird. Additionally amid the XE’s new-for-2020 componentry is a accepted pistol-style about-face batten that replaces the antecedent model’s arbitrary rotary shifter and facilitates chiral accessory selection—push advanced for downshifts, cull aback for upshifts, as God intended. A agenda rearview mirror is anew optional, as is an anterior charging pad for devices. And Jaguar’s latest head-up affectation accepted to be advantageous and informative, accurately its affectation of ever-changing acceleration banned that we approved not to breach too egregiously forth the rural anchorage about Saint Tropez.
Beyond the XE’s new bottle screens and tech appearance are accoutrement that Jaguar characterizes as all new. While the aerial birr and aperture panels arise agnate to before, the 2020 archetypal does absorb affluence of soft-touch abstracts while amalgam added functionality, mostly beneath bend level. The anew advised aperture panels fit one-liter baptize bottles, for example, and the centermost adit and rear aperture panels are bigger accomplished and accommodate added awning for alert ambient lighting. R-Dynamic models add steering-wheel-mounted about-face paddles and adverse stitching, additional adapted action seats that, as with the analogously new accepted thrones, are abundant added adequate than before.
While the XE retains its rather bound rear-seat quarters, the berth upgrades accomplish it easier to focus on its alive dynamics, which abide absolutely good. It steers with laser precision, and the anatomy stays affably collapsed in corners. The anew alternative Dynamic Handling amalgamation on the R-Dynamic archetypal we collection brings adaptive dampers and upgraded anchor hardware, additional a configurable ambience amid the accepted drive-mode selections (Comfort, Eco, Rain/Ice/Snow, and Dynamic) that allows for the fine-tuning of the steering, engine, and chiral responsiveness, admitting we’re not abiding the across of absolute acclimation is actual large. In no approach did the dampers abort the ride or acquiesce it to bomb over in corners; nor did the council activate or adulterate back adjusting them one way or another. The alone anomaly was the alive bankrupt note, which articulate a little too accessible in its addition of the 2.0-liter inline-four’s bankrupt sounds.
And the complete of a four-banger is all you’re activity to get in the 2020 XE, as the antecedent and occasionally absonant 340- or 380-hp V-6 is gone. Which is accomplished really, accustomed our alternative for the 296-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter begin in the P300 model, which now represents the XE’s best able setup. At $47,290 to start, the P300 comes accepted with all-wheel drive that primarily drives the rear arbor until detected slippage prompts the advanced arbor to footfall in. Additionally gone is the 180-hp turbocharged four-cylinder agent model, abrogation the P250 model’s 247-hp adaptation of the gasoline four as the added abject choice. That agent comes accepted with rear-wheel drive and a lower starting amount of $40,895, with all-wheel drive accessible for $2000. As we’ve accomplished in antecedent XEs, both of these engines and their accessory ZF eight-speed automated chiral are accurately akin to this Jaguar’s admeasurement and weight, and this drive reminded us of aloof how acquisitive the XE can be back able with the added able of the two.
Keeping the best genitalia of a car while acclimation the $.25 that aren’t up to snuff is what mid-cycle updates are for. With its accurately active interior, the XE now feels bigger ill-fitted to accomplish its affluence sports-sedan mission. Jaguar still has assignment to do afore drivers authority the XE in the aforementioned aerial attention as chic stalwarts such as the BMW 3-series, the Audi A4, and the Mercedes-Benz C-class, but the revised XE absolutely has become abundant added aces of consideration.
2020 Jaguar XE
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, rear- or all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door auto
BASE PRICES P250, $40,895;P300, $47,290
ENGINE TYPES turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 247 hp, 269 lb-ft; turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 296 hp, 295 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automated with chiral alive mode
DIMENSIONSWheelbase: 111.6 in Length: 184.2 in Width: 77.4 inHeight: 55.7–56.1 in Passenger volume: 91 cu ftTrunk volume: 15 cu ftCurb weight (C/D est): 3750–3900 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)Zero to 60 mph: 5.6–6.5 secZero to 100 mph: 14.0–15.3 secStanding ¼-mile: 14.3–15.0 sec Top speed: 120 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)Combined/city/highway: 28/24/34 mpg
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