2016 Jaguar XE S Review

2016 Jaguar XE S review filed by Joel Helmes.

2016 Jaguar XE S Review.

There is a mammoth amount of quality vehicles to test drive in the mid-size luxury category and I’m pleased to say that the all-new Jaguar XE is one you should definitely check out.

Prices start from $60,400 and there are three engines on offer in the Jaguar XE range – 147kW/280Nm 2.0 litre turbo-petrol, 132kW/430Nm 2.0 litre turbo-diesel and, in the XE S, a 250kW/450Nm 3.0 litre supercharged petrol.

At this stage I have only driven the S grade of the XE Jaguar so I can’t tell you specifically about the other engines. What I can say is that if the budget can stretch as far as the $104,200 starting point for the XE S then you should consider it.

In a week of city/suburban driving I averaged 11.0L/100kms, not bad from an engine that is this willing. The power comes on smoothly and keeps on going, very pleasing. You have a choice of three drive modes – eco, normal and dynamic, no prizes for guessing which one is the most fun!

2016 Jaguar XE S Review.

Mated to a smooth eight-speed automatic, the 2016 Jaguar XE S loses nothing to its comparatively priced rivals from Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Audi.

The steering is nicely weighted and the brakes are excellent. The best bit though is the ride. I was concerned that the sporty Jaguar XE would shake my bones on Sydney’s notoriously sub-par roads for a week, especially when I spied the 35 Series tyres on the rear (40 Series up front), that wasn’t the case though, the ride, even in dynamic mode, is class-leading.

The handling is also sharp and precise and the chassis feels remarkably solid and well-balanced.

Top marks Jaguar!

2016 Jaguar XE S Review.

Inside the cabin is where you might take a mark or two off the Jaguar, not that there is anything specifically wrong with it, just compared to the BMW 3 Series in particular, I felt it was a little less nicely finished off.

The gauges are clear and easy to read at a glance, the Jaguar XE comes with a large colour driver info screen and everything is where it should be.

The infotainment system, with its four segment home screen set-up is easy enough to use, the highlight here though is the brilliantly clear reverse camera, excellent!

I’m disappointed to note that the climate control settings revert back to fresh air intake after a timed period and also after you turn off the ignition – I hate this feature! As I have said time and again, however I left it is how I want it to be when I get back.

2016 Jaguar XE S Review.

Legroom front and back is adequate, one thing I noticed about the Jaguar though is that getting into it can be a little difficult due to a quite low roofline. Rear seat occupants only get cup holders in the fold down armrest – thus there is nowhere to put your drink if there’s three in the back. Boot space and cabin storage areas all get a pass mark.

The 2016 Jaguar XE range is yet to get an ANCAP safety rating.

Summing it up; my Behind the Wheel colleagues have raved about the new mid-size offering from Jaguar and I can see why. Great looks (especially at the front), fantastic ride, powerful V6 engine – it’s a great package.

In what is a cut-throat segment of the market I can see the Jaguar XE taking some pretty serious sales numbers away from more established rivals.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Jaguar XE S

Engine: 3.0 litre supercharged V6 producing 250kW and 450Nm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic (only)

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: Three years

Origin: United Kingdom

Price: from $104,200

About the author

Joel Helmes

Joel is the founder, editor and managing director of Behind the Wheel. Joel has a background as a radio broadcaster with on-air roles at 4BC, 4KQ, 2KY, 2LT and 2UE amongst others, as well as a news editor and program director. Joel’s relationship with cars stems back to his early childhood learning to change oil and brakes with his father and uncle. This continued on into his driving years owning an assorted collection of cars.

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