Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

2019 Jaguar XE D180 SE rear

Should you buy a Jaguar XE?

Yes, if you're after a good-looking left-field compact executive saloon that's great to drive. The Jaguar XE is not perfect, although it's more well-rounded since its facelift. It's especially distinguished in the medium-sized executive saloon ranks by its efficient engines and excellent comfort.

The 2019 updates made a big difference to the interior quality, which although it doesn't look vastly different to the old model, now feels a nicer place in which to spend time. But if you're a keen driver, and want to stand out from the crowd, there's a lot to recommend the Jaguar XE – although, admittedly less so now the range-topping V6 model has been dropped.

It's not as accomplished an all-rounder as the BMW 3 Series, which won its group test against the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and it still lags behind all three in terms of tech and kit, but it's engaging, likeable and thanks to those interior updates, has had the biggest of its shortcomings fixed.

What we like

The XE's steering and handling really are from the top drawer, and it will reward anyone who enjoys driving for pleasure. It also looks great inside and out, and the latest infotainment set-up is nice to use, being quick and good looking.

What we don't like

The interior room is really quite poor, with the driver feeling a little too snug, and a cramped rear seat area for passengers. Luggage space is also below par, while the lack of a higher-power diesel version, limited engine and body options means it appeals to fewer buyers than just about all of its rivals.

Which XE is best for you?

If you're after the cheapest XE on offer, the P250 is a fine starting point to the range. Far more powerful than most of its entry-level contemporaries, capable of respectable fuel economy and really pleasant to drive, it's actually our pick of the range.

Company car drivers and those who do long distances, however, would doubtless be better served by the D180 diesel. It's difficult not to feel short-changed with just a single diesel option on offer, but for most buyers it's more than powerful enough and offers the lowest BIK tax in the XE range.

Meanwhile, performance fans will no doubt be disappointed at the discontinuation of the 380hp supercharged 3.0-litre V6 XE S, especially as its replacement – the 300hp P300 – is powered by a four-cylinder two-litre engine – hardly the stuff of petrolhead dreams. It is, however, capable of a respectable 5.7-second 0-62mph time and a 155mph top speed.

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