Added 11th October, 2019
By Jonathan Crouch
Bold, innovative, forward-thinking and able to level with the class best, this XE proved to be the most credible Jaguar sports saloon we’d seen since the Sixties. It chased bigger sales but unlike some of its predecessors, didn’t dilute crucial elements of brand credibility to do it. On the contrary, it’s a model company founder Sir William Lyons might have been proud of. He sought to make cars that made their owners feel ‘alive’ and the objective of this one was exactly that, aiming at nothing less than a fresh dynamic benchmark in the German brand-dominated compact executive segment, a target it got very close to achieving.
Failings are relatively few. Yes, buyers will lack a little when it comes to boot space and some may find selected areas of the styling approach to be slightly conservative. There’s nothing wrong with the fundamentals of this design though and the aluminium underpinnings that lie beneath that taut bodywork are more sophisticated than anything previously seen in this segment in this era. In short, this is an under-rated car. Before you opt for a used 3 Series, C-Class or A4 in this segment, seek an XE out. We think you might like it.