Jaguar XE Overview
Jaguars are known for their opulence, besides a great deal of sportiness. So when Jaguar introduced their smallest cat yet, it had big shoes to fill, especially with its bigger brothers being the XJ and the F-Type. And it did that quite well with the powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine that it was launched with. And now a diesel mill has also hit the roads, the Ingenium 2.0-litre, that will ring in the numbers for Jaguar because of its economies. So, we head out in the baby Jag, the top-spec Portfolio trim at that, to find out if it turns out to be a real ‘Jaguar’. Jaguar XE Tryaldrive.
Jaguar XE Design & Look
It is quite evident that the new car is based on the standard XE saloon and looks like a beefed up version of the saloon. The XE already has Jaguars renowned lightweight aluminium body panels while the rest of the newest addition made to the car are all made out of Carbon Fibre. The addition of all these Carbon fibres to the Project 8 has made this car the lightest vehicle to get the V8 engine in the Jaguar range.
The front profile of the sedan gets a bigger carbon fibre bumper with a never seen before enhanced cooling ducts. The bonnet also has been redesigned as well, and it gets these vented ducts now. Towards the side profile, there is no much change, however, to go well with the overall design the body gets flared bodywork. The side profile also gets a bigger 20 inch forged aluminium alloy wheels. The performance sedan also features adjustable front splitter and a flat underbody.Towards the rear profile things looks equally impressive as well because it gets a Carbon Fibre Bumper, rear diffuser and adjustable rear aerodynamic wing.
Jaguar XE Cabin & Space
The cabin of the XE diesel is very much like its exterior, understated. The dashboard is neatly laid-out but is quite a mixed-bag of premium as well as not so premium materials. For instance, some buttons have the click sound which just robs away the premium quotient. That said, the air-con controls are neatly laid-out below the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
Overall the cabin is a nice place to be in and comes loaded with features. In this Prestige trim, you get leather upholstery, interior mood lighting, Meridian Sound system, cruise control and speed limiter, dark satin brushed aluminium inlays and power folding and auto-dimming heated door mirrors with memory function. The front and rear seats offer good support and comfort but the headroom is a little tight owing to the sloping roofline. Anyone below 5’10” should be comfortable in the rear seat. However, due to the tall transmission tunnel and protruding rear AC vents, the third passenger would feel he/she was uninvited. The 455-litres boot is as practical as it can get. Unlike the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3-Series, the XE’s boot is flat and wide and moreover, the space saver tyre is neatly tucked away under the floor.
Jaguar XE Engine & Transmission
Let us talk about performance now. Jaguars are meant to be leaping forward and also be agile and the XE does that quite well thanks to the robust diesel mill. The engine in question here is the Ingenium 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel four-banger that pumps out 177bhp of power. And it is the whopping 430Nm of torque and the eight-speed gearbox that create all the magic. With the torque kicking in from as low as 1700rpm, the engine revs cleanly to over 5000rpm with the horsepower taking over the proceedings as we move up. Check for Jaguar XE in planetm.co.in
It comes with three driving modes – snow, economy and dynamic apart from the standard normal mode to suit different driving conditions and situations. In Eco mode, the gearbox upshifts quickly to the next gear, so much so that the engine revs well below 2000rpm when you have already crossed 100kmph on the speedo. Being a torque converter, you have enough go from lower revs, and once the turbo spools up, the ZF gearbox works smartly to keep the engine in the meat as far as possible. In Sport mode, the gearbox holds on to the revs even at the red-line and the gearbox responds faster when you flick the paddles. Snow mode restricts torque to avoid wheel-spin, something that would be a rare occurrence given the Indian climate.
So, with the meaty engine and the gearbox working well in tandem, you are cruising in three-figures effortlessly. The ride is pliant, soaking up almost everything. But the characteristic underlying stiffness of the suspension — designed-for-foreign-roads-and-adapted-for-India —, is evident, especially on the badly-executed concrete highways we find in India. But on tarmac, all the noise settles down for a quiet ride, bringing out the real XE.
Jaguar XE Driving Dynamics
The lightweight body and powerful engine is a great combination which will make sure that the performance is not hindered even for a second and under any condition. The Project 8 gets an all wheel drive system which provides confidence to the rider to push the sedan even harder. Jaguar even has installed a new track mode which gets Project 8’s tuned adaptive version of adaptive dynamics. This track mode tailors driveline and stability control system; it even further sharpens car throttle system and also the steering response system.
According to Jaguar, the performance sedan gets the most advanced braking system ever fitted in a Jaguar. To make sure that the car stops on a dime it has been equipped with 400mm carbon ceramic discs with huge six-piston callipers up front which saves upto 18 kilogrammes.
Jaguar XE Braking & Safety
While the after sales network isn’t as great as its German rivals, the Tata-owned brand is steadily expanding and is committed to giving peace of mind to its customers. In terms of safety features, the XE Diesel gets multiple airbags, Surround Camera System (offered in the top-end Portfolio trim only), Start/Stop System, Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control, ISOFIX child seat mounts, Hill Launch Assist and Jaguar Smart Key System (keyless entry, offered in the top-end Portfolio trim only).
Jaguar Xe On-Road Price in Pune ranges from 43,89,524 to 55,39,076 for variants XE Pure and XE Portfolio Diesel respectively. Jaguar Xe is available in 6 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Jaguar Xe variants price in Pune. Check for XE price in Pune at Carzprice.
Jaguar XE Round Up
The Jaguar XE diesel actually does a pretty good job at what it is built for. It gives you a taste of the Jaguar aura of opulence and speed. It has all the bells and whistles that come standard for the segment and a cabin that reminds you of a speedboat. Add the dynamic handling of the Jaguar to the equation and top it up with the gorgeous proportions of the XE and you have a proposition that is just too attractive.
It is not that the Jaguar is unrivalled. Running interference here is the comfort-focussed Mercedes-Benz C-Class which offers a soft ride and more cabin space. The BMW 320d also works pretty well trying to find the perfect balance between ride, space and handling while the Audi A4 aims for tech and bling. So, if, making a statement and loving it is your style, the Jaguar XE is the car for you. It might not be the most spacious in its segment, nor does it have the best ride or horsepower. But then it has its own unique proposition that suits a select class of buyers who prefer a bit of style and exclusivity over downright practicality.