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.
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.
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?