2020 Jaguar XE

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$39,900

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2020 Jaguar XE
2020 Jaguar XE

Key specs

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Overview

3 trims

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2020 Jaguar XE review: Our expert's take

By Brian Normile

Competes with: Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the rest of our Luxury Sports Sedan Challenge field and, now, the Genesis G70

Looks like: A 2019 Jaguar XE with subtle front and rear styling updates

Drivetrain: Two turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines; eight-speed automatic transmission; P250 makes 247 horsepower, and P300 296 hp

Hits dealerships: Summer

Jaguar’s smallest sedan gets some subtle exterior updates for 2020 while dropping the optional diesel four-cylinder and 380-horsepower V-6 engines in North America, though global markets will still be able to purchase a diesel. It also adds some useful interior tech and some that we at Cars.com find … less desirable.

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The saddest news is that the 380-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 in 2019 S models is dead. Our judges found the 240-hp turbo four in the 2017 XE that competed in our cross-class comparison a little underpowered despite the fun they were able to have with it in autocross testing. Will the current base engine’s 247 hp be enough? If not, you’ll only be able to upgrade to 296 hp. Inside, the XE gets the optional ClearSight Rear View Mirror that turns the rearview mirror into a display for a rear-facing camera. Also available is the InControl Touch Pro Duo dual-screen infotainment system, which we’re not huge fans of because of its lack of physical controls; instead it relies on touch-sensitive ones for most tasks.

Exterior

The exterior changes to the 2020 XE are pretty subtle: revised front and rear bumpers help the car look a bit wider and lower. Front bumper openings are wider, with S models having a horizontal bumper piece dividing side inlets while R-Dynamic models lack that divider for a truer sports sedan look. The grille is now wider and features a new mesh design. Redesigned LED taillights look similar to those on the all-electric I-Pace.

Interior

Jaguar claims that “every aspect of the cabin has been enhanced for increased convenience, improved storage and better passenger comfort.” The interior certainly looks more modern, with ambient lighting adding a splash of color and boldness that was missing from the previous XE’s interior. It still appears somewhat cramped, retaining the high beltline, wide pillars and “bathtub” ledge below the front windows.

While it looks modern, the optional InControl Touch Pro Duo drives us crazy with its touch-sensitive features — but at least that hasn’t extended to the steering wheel controls or window controls like it has in other Jaguar Land Rover models. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. The rotary gear selector from previous models has been replaced by a more traditional-looking joystick-shaped SportShift selector first seen in the F-Type sports car.

Under the Hood

Regular S models have the P250 247-hp turbo four paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission delivering power to the rear wheels or through an optional all-wheel-drive system. R-Dynamic S models get the P300 engine, a 296-hp turbo four, and the same transmission with standard AWD. P300 models also get revised software programming and other upgraded internal components to provide improved throttle response and what should be a sportier driving experience.

Safety

The ClearSight Rear View Mirror is an optional safety feature that allows the rearview mirror to turn into a video monitor and display an image from a rear-facing camera in the event that the traditional rear view is blocked. A driver alertness system, which monitors vehicle and driver behavior to notify the driver of the need to take a break, is now standard. Automatic high beams are also standard. Additional safety features like blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are optional, as is a head-up display.

Pricing

The 2020 Jaguar XE will go on sale in the summer with a starting price of $40,895, including a $995 destination fee (AWD adds $2,000). That price will also include a five-year/60,000-mile warranty, as well as five years or 60,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance and 24/7 roadside assistance, in addition to five years of Jaguar’s InControl Remote & Protect connected car services. The R-Dynamic S model, meanwhile, starts at $47,290 with destination.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 3.8
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Beautiful Car

The Jaguar XE is a sporty sedan with all the latest technology. It is fun to drive. I do wish it had a larger trunk.

2.9

Better cars available in this market segment

This car has been a disappointment. The styling is pure Jaguar - drop dead gorgeous. But once you get past the sheet metal the rest doesn't lice up to what a car in this segment ought to. My major complaints: 1- Ride. Jag likes to say it's "sporty". No . It's just rough. Minor pavement imperfections all come through loud and clear. 2- Steering - Like the ride. It's like driving a truck. On top of everything else mine has a heated steering wheen which makes it ungodly thick and unpleasant to handle. At the end of a road trip your hands are going to be sore from f=gripping this wheel. Power - It'sa 4 cyl with turbo. Works OK but never lets you forget that it's a 4. Quite underpowered compared to its competition Ease of use - Fagetaboutit! This is the most user- unfriendly car I've ever had. The Owners Manual goes 318 pages of stultifying prose with tones of "notes" placed between segments, which makes it almost impossible to see what the xxxx you have to do to do anytghing you want to do.nnUblike other brands tgere's no little cheat sheet that shows you the basics (how to set the wipers, khts, cruise control, etc. Please refer to the manual, If you can find it in the manual! It's way less enjoyable than many in its market segment. The BMW 530i or Lesux ES 350 beat it hands down in every category.

4.7

Beautiful Car that Stands Out

I have wanted to own a Jaguar for many years. I see lots of Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Tesla, in my area. Not too many Jaguars. It really makes you stand out and let people know you are not a sheep. There are better performance cars than the XE, but how fast to you really need to accelerate? My XE says it gets to 60mph in 5.4 seconds. I haven’t found a need to push the car to that limit. I’m more interested in the handling and the braking. I have AWD for the wet Seattle weather. It grips the road and comes to a stop very quickly. But, I mainly buy a car for its interior and ergonomics. This is where I spend my time in a car. The seats adjust 18 ways and have heating and cooling with separate controls for the seat and the seat back. The dashboard can be configured to show gauges, navigation map, driver info, etc. Right now, I display a full map on my dash, the speed and navigation turns on my heads up display, my music on the top console panel, and climate control on the bottom console panel. I have the optional Meridian 825w surround system. It sounds phenomenal. There is a nice dash cubby for my phone that is also a wireless charger. I have not used Apple Car play yet, as I keep about 5,000 songs in my phone for streaming. I will try it out soon. It’s easy to find a perfect driving position. I’m long armed and short legged, so some cars force my to sit closely and jam the steering wheel in my chest (GM, Honda). No problem in the Jaguar. Extremely adjustable. The clear sight rear view mirror is cool. The rear facing roof camera displays in the mirror so your view isn’t blocked by passengers. I look for excuses to go out and drive. It’s so quiet, I don’t hear other vehicles on the road. If I did, I could just crank the stereo. Exterior - I have a premium color called Carpathian Grey. It’s a metallic dark, charcoal color. It looks nice with the black package that gets rid of aluminum trim. I have the optional 19” black wheels. They look awesome. I have not had any reliability issues. The car gets better gas mileage than my last vehicle, a 2009 Mazda 6. Things I would change: There are only 6 presets for radio favorite stations. I have about 30 SiriusXM stations that I listen to. There are a mixture of 12-volt and USB ports. Why not just all USB?

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
72 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Maintenance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles

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