2018 Jaguar XE

There is no mistaking the Jaguar pedigree.   Designed to do battle with best of Germany, it certainly looks expensive and aristocratic.

Jaguar’s new XE compact sports sedan has already received a number of revisions for the 2018 model year. There is no mistaking the Jaguar pedigree, the same long, lithe looks with a hint of XF and F TYPE body lines and the classy wire mesh grille that only Jaguar does so well. It is a very good-looking car with its sensuous look. Designed to do battle with best of Germany, it certainly looks expensive and aristocratic.

For Canada, All-wheel drive is standard across the three-model range, with a new Jaguar Ingenium 180 hp, 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 315 lb/ft of torque. The other engine is a 3.0-litre 340 hp supercharged V6 (XE 35t), offering 332 lb/ft of torque. Both come with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift controls.  And are available in three trim levels, Premium, Prestige and R-Sport.  There is now a new top model XE S version, powered by a V6 offering more horsepower – (380

There are three models in the Canadian Jaguar XE line up.  The XE Premium, XE Prestige and the XE-R Sport. The XE Premium (Base MSRP from $45,000) features include: Available 340hp supercharged V6 gas engine, 18” alloy wheels, Auto-dimming and power folding exterior door mirrors, Driver seat and exterior mirror memory, Rear-folding seat (40:20:40 split) and MeridianTM 380W Sound System with 11 speakers. The XE Prestige (Base priced from  $49,500) add 18” or 19” alloy wheels (V6 only), Taurus leather seats with contrast stitch, Heated front seats and heated steering wheel, Jaguar InControl® AppsTM7, 4-way front seat power lumbar support and Power steering column adjustment. The XE R-Sport (Base price $54,000) adds Sports seats with contrast stitch, ‘R-Sport’ body kit and a host of sport and safety equipment.

On the inside, the Jaguar offers a nicely appointed cabin with such features as the cool rotary dial for the vehicle’s 8-speed automatic transmission, great ergonomics, fine leather and trim. It all looks good. There is spacious cabin up front, but a little more cramped in the legroom department in the rear. Creature features, luxury and entertainment abound. There is lots of good stuff such as an optional larger, 10.2” version of the InControl Touch infotainment system which manage in-car functions, from audio to navigation and phone connectivity, via the touchscreen or by voice command.7 InControl RemoteTM lets you control several functions remotely and integrates vehicle-optimized apps; while InControl ProtectTM includes SOS Emergency Call, pinpointing your location for the emergency services in a critical situation.

All-wheel drive in the XE is on-demand. The system sends 90 per cent of torque to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions, but can distribute 90 per cent of the torque to the rear wheels if more traction is needed. Grip is tenacious in AWD and there are very few issues if any with how the Jaguar performs on road, both the 2.0-liter engine and the V6 offer free revving power across the tech range and enough torque to effortlessly accelerate. Top models with the V6’S 340 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque are offered a very quick 0-100 km/h sprint time of around 5.4 seconds.  Steering, braking and high-speed control are responsive, sure footed with plenty of feedback. To sum up, performance drivers should all start taking a test drive in the Jaguar, instead of going for the German competition now. You will be pleasantly surprised.