Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8
  • Cabin is on the tight side for passengers
  • Boot is usefully large, though
  • Folding rear seats an essential optional extra 

Compact saloons aren’t best known for being paragons of flexibility but the Jaguar XE falls short of even those modest expectations. Space in the rear of the XE is very tight for adult passengers, especially if sat behind a tall driver.

That’s due to two things – firstly, the sloping roofline that gives the car its rakish silhouette cuts headroom for rear passengers, causing them to slouch and require even more legroom. Then, there’s the car’s aluminium construction. This is lighter than using steel, but not as stiff – so more material needs to be used, reducing interior space.

Up front, there’s a good-sized glovebox and a couple of generous cupholders, plus a small storage area under the arm rest with USB, 12V and an aux-in jack. Ahead of the gear lever is a small shelf that can be optioned as a wireless phone charger.

The XE’s boot is a decent size, but that aluminium construction once again comes into play, and it’s a rather odd shape. Soft bags or shopping will fill the gaps nicely, but hard, square cases prove more of a challenge in this car than in a BMW 3 Series.

That issue is compounded by rear seats that don’t fold down as standard – a 40:20:40 folding rear bench is an optional extra, and one that should be one of the first boxes ticked for anyone buying an XE.

Stick with the standard and Touring versions and you can continue to thrill you and three other passengers at the same time.

Jaguar XE safety

  • 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.

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
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • 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
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

HSE equipment

HSE standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
HSE optional equipment
None available

Portfolio equipment

Portfolio standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
Portfolio optional equipment
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Lumbar support
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Prestige equipment

Prestige standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
Prestige optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

R-Dynamic HSE equipment

R-Dynamic HSE standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
R-Dynamic HSE optional equipment
None available

R-Dynamic S equipment

R-Dynamic S standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
R-Dynamic S optional equipment
None available

R-Dynamic SE equipment

R-Dynamic SE standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
R-Dynamic SE optional equipment
None available

R-Sport equipment

R-Sport standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
R-Sport optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
S optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cruise control
SE optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

SV Project 8 equipment

SV Project 8 standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Partial leather seat trim
SV Project 8 optional equipment
None available

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%
Vulnerable Road Users: 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.