The Jaguar XE 20d Review — The Best Driver-Focussed Sedan In Its Class?

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Jaguar introduced the XE in India at the Auto Expo 2016. Initially, the Jaguar XE was available only with a 2.0-litre petrol engine. Now, Jaguar has come up with a diesel variant, the XE 20d, which is also the cheapest offering from the brand.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

We took the Jaguar XE 20d (Prestige trim) for a spin on the city roads and on the open tarmac to see if the oil burner really is 'Born to Perform'. Here's what we have to say about it!

The Design

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

Like any other Ian Callum (Head Of Design at Jaguar) design, the Jaguar XE too is a looker, if not the best looking car in its segment. The design has a good balance between elegance and sportiness.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The new tweaked front bumper of the XE gets a pair of horizontal slats. The lines on the bonnet accentuates the car's muscularity even more. As seen on all modern Jaguars, the front end is dominated by a large grille with the ‘Jaguar' logo in the centre. The XE features a little more chrome garnishing compared to the rest.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The new Jaguar XE gets an updated design for the LED DRLs. Like all the other Jaguar saloon and SUV models, the headlamp design has a neat blend of edges and curves. However, the XE misses out on cornering lights.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The side profile clearly shows the aerodynamics stance of the saloon. The front end is noticeably lower. The shoulder lines form from the front and inclines gradually towards the rear end. To add to the elegance, Jaguar has given the XE some chrome treatment around the windows. The door handles are finished in body colour itself.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The chrome duct on the front fenders is a design trait seen in all Jaguars. It helps the air trapped inside the wheel-well to escape out efficiently.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The rear design has made good use of real estate with the two large taillamps, centrally-placed number plate and the ‘Jaguar' logo above it. The rear bumper is sculpted beautifully, along with a neat fibre garnish. The Jaguar XE also sports a dual-tip exhaust; something not that common in diesel saloons. This feature alone tells what Jaguar aims the XE to be - A sporty saloon!

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The taillamps get an LED strip identical to the flagship Jaguar sportscar, the F-Type.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

If those do not seem sporty enough, check out the integrated ducktail spoiler; aperfect mix of aesthetics and aerodynamics.

The Interiors

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

Step inside the car and you will be welcomed with lots of features, comfort and ambience. The central console is similar to the Jaguar F-Pace SUV. There are a lot of buttons to play with, including the Start/Stop under the climate control panel.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

One thing which will grab your attention right away is the Jaguar Drive Control. As soon as the car comes to life, the Control toggle resurrects from the floating dash, which is quite a dramatic sight that never gets old.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

Moving on, the car gets a relatively small 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system. On the contrary, you get a good acoustic experience from the Meridian Audio sound system.

Comfort & Practicality

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The front seats are very comfortable. They offer enough support, thanks to the large side bolsters. Only the driver's side gets the seat memory option.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The rear seats offer good back and under-thigh support. The sloping roofline takes away much of the headroom for tall passengers. Though the car is a 5-seater, the rear seat is best only for two.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The Jaguar XE 20d comes with a 300-litre boot which is enough to gulp in a lot of luggage for the weekend. The boot opening is wide enough for easy loading. Under the boot floor, hides a space-saver spare wheel.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The sedan features a large panoramic sunroof to let the wind and sunshine in. The opening of the sunroof itself is a sight to watch with the entire front roof section dramatically moving and resting aerodynamically towards the back.

Engine & Performance

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

Powering the XE is a 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine. The same engine is found in the bigger Jaguar XF also, but the lighter XE feels to be the better performer. The car pumps out 182bhp and 430Nm of torque. All that power is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The entry-level Jaguar saloon can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in under 9 seconds. The car has a claimed top speed of 228km/h.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The Jaguar XE comes with four driving modes, namely: Eco, Normal/City, Dynamic and Rain/Snow. While Eco mode is aimed to give the car maximum fuel efficiency, Dynamic mode makes the throttle response crisp and sharp. In Rain/Snow mode, the Traction Control is adjusted for maximum grip.

Safety

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

Coming to the safety department, the XE is loaded with features such as Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), ABS+EBD with BA, Traction Control, ASPC (All Surface Progress Control) and five airbags.

Other Features

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The car sits on a nice set of 17-inch 7-spoke wheels. The suspension is a bit on the stiffer side but is adequately adjusted to take on most undulations.

Final Verdict

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

The Jaguar XE 20d returned us a mileage of 11.2 km/l in the city and 14.5 km/l on the highway, which is pretty decent.

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

Overall, the Jaguar XE 20d is a fun driver's car. Show the car some corners and it will just tug in and hold the line. Flick the steering and give some gas and the car will just slide through corners like a hot knife through butter!

Jaguar XE 2.0 20d: First Drive Review

Promeet Ghosh Thinks!

As I said earlier, the Jaguar XE 20d is the most affordable of the lot! The car comes with a price of Rs 43.21 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi), which I personally feel is a bit on the expensive side.

But still, if you are planning to buy an entry-level mid-size sporty sedan, which offers both comfort and power at the same time, the Jaguar XE 20d will be the perfect choice for most buyers.

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