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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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Equipment

4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Mostly well-equipped range
  • Middle/top-level models the best
  • Go easy on the options

There are five Jaguar trim levels to choose from to suit different XE budgets and tastes: entry-level SE, then R-Sport and S on the sporty side, with Prestige and Portfolio trim being more luxurious.

Standard Jaguar XE saloon equipment

Jaguar ownership starts with the XE in SE trim, which nets cloth seats, gloss black interior finishes, sat-nav, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio, an 8.0-inch InControl Touch media system and multi-function steering wheel.

In terms of safety kit and driver aids you also secure autonomous emergency braking, electronic stability control, Torque Vectoring by Braking, All Surface Progress Control and pedestrian-protecting active bonnet.

In addition to the SE trim, Prestige comes with a leather interior with contrasting stitching, heated front seats, ambient blue lighting and brushed aluminium door inserts.

Opt for the luxurious Portfolio and your XE will additionally come equipped with ‘glove soft’ perforated leather, double contrast stitching, gloss back and chrome exterior detailing and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The R-Sport version is all about conveying an athletic look, so it features a subtle rear spoiler, chrome trim on the side vents, sports steering wheel, heated front sports seat and stiffened sports suspension. And just to make sure you know this is the sports version the tread plates and steering wheel feature R-Sport branding.

Also fitted as standard are bi-xenon headlights with LED signature daytime running lights, and gloss black window surrounds, plus two-tone 18-inch alloy wheels.

The least fancy name but the most fancy in terms of standard kit, belongs to the top-of-the-range S version, exclusively available with the 3.0-litre supercharged V6.

Buyers benefit from heated, perforated leather front seats, leather sports steering wheel with S logo, aluminium door finishes and gloss black centre console.

On the outside there are enlarged air intakes, side sill extensions, rear spoiler, red brake callipers and 19-inch alloys. S model owners also receive a Meridian audio system, keyless entry and power-operated boot lid.

Optional Jaguar XE accessories

There are a host of interior and exterior changes buyers can specify depending on trim including two-tone leather, different interior hues as well as optional exterior colours.

There is also the option of a head-up display that projects high contrast colour information onto the windscreen including current speed, turn-by-turn navigation instructions, traffic signs and cruise control settings.

There is a park assist function that can help steer the XE into a parking bay or perform parallel parking manoeuvres. All the driver has to do is control the brakes and accelerator. Also part of the system is a reverse traffic detection system that warns drivers when reversing if there is any approaching traffic from either side.

Buyers can also enhance the audio system with a premium Meridian set-up plus upgrades to the InControl Touch Pro package, complete with a 10.2-inch touchscreen.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Jaguar XE.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

Portfolio equipment

Portfolio standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
Portfolio optional equipment
  • CD
  • DVD

Prestige equipment

Prestige standard equipment
  • CD
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
Prestige optional equipment
  • DVD

R-Sport equipment

R-Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
R-Sport optional equipment
  • DVD

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
S optional equipment
  • CD
  • DVD

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
SE optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Lumbar support

Safety

4.6 out of 5 4.6
  • Full five-star crash test score from Euro NCAP
  • Wide range of safety kit fitted as standard
  • Further safety kit is optionally available

Jaguar had the XE’s safety credentials underlined when it received a full five-star rating from the crash test experts at Euro NCAP.

Its inherent strength is derived from the extensive use of aluminium in the XE’s construction, supplemented by the usual fitment of all-round airbags and Isofix child seat mounting points.

The XE is also fitted as standard with a range of driver aids to help prevent an accident in the first place including anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, Torque Vectoring by Braking (TVbB) that helps a car get round a corner if taken a little faster than normal, and an automatic braking system that helps prevent the car crashing into objects in front if the driver fails to take action.

Another highlight is All Surface Progress Control that is designed to find grip and get the XE rolling on even the most slippery of surfaces.

Lane-Keeping Assist – which helps gently steer the car to keep it within the confines of the white lines – and Blind-Spot Assist to warn you of approaching traffic from behind remain on the options list.

Finally, pedestrians will also be better protected in the event of a front-end crash with an XE thanks to the deployable bonnet that rises up to provide a better cushion to help absorb impacts.

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Jaguar XE was tested by Euro NCAP in 2015 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2015
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 92%
Child Occupant: 82%
Pedestrian: 81%
Safety Assist: 82%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

2.7 out of 5 2.7
  • Cabin is on the tight side for passengers
  • Boot is usefully large, though
  • Foot-operated electric bootlid from 2017

Compact saloons aren’t best known for being paragons of flexibility but the Jaguar XE falls short of even those modest expectations, primarily because its interior’s snug for passengers.

Usefully the boot is large enough to swallow a couple of large suitcases, plus a few soft bags, and from the start of 2017 an electric opening function was added, activated with a foot wiggle under the rear bumper.

Inside the cabin there are a couple of cup holders, plus under the armrest a small storage area including USB connections, a 12-volt socket and an Aux-in jack point.

The glove box is a reasonable size but the door bins will struggle to hold any container much larger than a drinks can.

Rear parking sensors come as part of the package of all XEs, while higher-end trims additionally benefit from ones at the front and a 360-degree camera system.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Jaguar XE compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Audi A4 Saloon 480 litres
Jaguar XE 455 litres
BMW 3-Series Saloon 370 litres
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon 335 litres

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