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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.2 - 6.2 mpp
Diesel engines 6.5 - 8.6 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
  • Low running costs for the entry-level, rear-wheel drive diesel...
  • Far less economical are the P250 and P300 petrols
  • P300 delivers strong performance, but at a price

2019 Jaguar XE badge

Those seeking the lowest running costs in the Jaguar XE range should head straight for the D180 diesel variant. Under the taxing WLTP fuel economy testing regime, it returns up to 50.7mpg and emits just 130g/km of CO2, making it wallet and tax-friendly.

It’s not the cheapest engine to buy, though – that honour goes to the P250, which offers significantly greater performance for a lower price. The gap in running costs isn’t quite as large as you might expect either, with a posted fuel economy figure of 36.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km.

Unsurprisingly, it’s the most powerful P300 petrol that will cost the most to run. Thanks to its all-wheel drive system, it returns just 33.6mpg and emits 167g/km – not a burden to take on lightly if you’re a company car driver.

The XE SV Project 8 has not been tested under WLTP conditions and claims to achieve up to 22.5mpg. Expect the reality to be at least 10% than the quoted figure. The CO2 output under the NEDC system is quoted at 285g/km.

Reliability

  • Some reliability issues with six recalls
  • Interior quality has been improved 
  • Three-year warranty is standard

2019 Jaguar XE front grille and badge

Jaguar has long performed well in customer satisfaction surveys so it is reasonable to expect Jaguar XE reliability shouldn’t be a cause for concern. But the XE and XF are starting to earn a growing reputation for niggling unreliability.

However, its time on the market has been blighted by six official recalls so far: one to remedy a starting problem on the four-cylinder diesel engines, two related to seatbelt pretensioners failing to operate, a further two in relation to fuel leaks on diesel engines and, finally, an issue where the instrument cluster intermittently goes blank.

Build quality feels of a satisfactory standard, although the cabin’s marred by a few cheap-feeling plastics in some places, something that's been largely improved on facelift models. Should anything go wrong, the standard warranty lasts three years and 60,000 miles.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £465
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Insurance group 22 - 50
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