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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Should you buy a Jaguar XE?

Yes, if you're after a pleasant-looking left-field compact executive saloon that's good 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 cramped rear seat, laggy transmission and lack of a higher-power diesel version could be a deal breaker for some, though.

The 2019 updates have made a big difference to the below par 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.

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 indirect 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.

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.

Read our compact saloon group test here

2019 Jaguar XE D180 SE rear