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2020 Jaguar XE

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$39,900 — $46,295 MSRP
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5 Seats
25-28 MPG
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

For 2020, the Jaguar XE sees minor exterior changes with bigger updates inside. Watch the video to see what we found at the 2019 New York International Auto Show.

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.

Exterio...

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.

Related: 2019-2020 BMW 3 Series First Drive: Is the Mojo Back?

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.

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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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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Jaguar

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The XE received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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