Jaguar XE Old Vs. New: Let’s See What’s Different

The premium compact sports sedan segment is currently split in two. On one hand you’ve got your fresh releases like the all-new BMW 3-Series and the latest Volvo S60, whereas at the other end of the spectrum are models that will soon be on their way out, like the Audi A4 and the Mercedes C-Class.

The Jaguar XE, until recently, belonged to the latter category. Today, though, we’re looking at a heavily updated product, even though it might not seem like it from certain angles.

Everything is sharper

We knew Jaguar would tighten the XE’s exterior appearance ever since the first spy images landed, depicting the facelifted model undergoing tests in prototype form.

Indeed, the front end is now a little bit cleaner and sharper. You only need to look at the lines around the headlights to realize work has been done. Speaking of the headlights, they too are different, with new and more modern-looking J-blade graphics. Finally, you have the new grille, new bumper and that’s about it, at least for the front end.

The rear of the XE is a different story. Jaguar launched this nameplate back in 2015 and it shows, as the taillights look, well, old, making the rear end of the car look a bit clunky.

That issue has thankfully been solved on the facelifted model, which now comes with sleeker taillights whose overall shape follows the lines of the LED graphics. It’s a big change, one that should work in the XE’s favor.

Embracing the screen overload trend

Traditional gauges are on their way out, right? At least that’s how the automotive industry feels nowadays, as everyone is racing to install digital gauges and massive touchscreen infotainment systems in their vehicles, regardless of segment.

You could argue that BMW’s latest 3-Series boasts the most high-tech interior in this segment. Jaguar, nevertheless, gave the XE’s cabin a thorough redesign, starting with a new and arguably more elegant steering wheel, a brand new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, new ClearSight rearview camera mirror, plus the available Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, joined by a lower 5.5-inch touchscreen display.

Other new features include wireless smartphone charging, ditching the rotary gear selector for the more traditional SportShift of the F-Type, and new door panels with the window buttons no longer positioned on that upper ledge. Other changes include the lock buttons, door handles and the design of the in-door speakers.

To round it all off, Jaguar added what they call Smart Settings technology, which uses AI to “learn the preferences of individual drivers and adjust seat, mirror, audio and climate settings automatically.”

Hot or not?

So what do you think? Has Jaguar done enough for the XE so as to keep it competitive in a segment that already holds an ultra high-tech 3-Series? And don’t forget that there’s an all-new C-Class coming its way, and Audi is in the process of updating the A4 too.

  • Evan McMaster

    Those old taillights were just heinous

  • Sovereignty

    Looks almost perfect.

  • TheBelltower

    Looks good. Subtle but meaningful updates.

  • filetx

    looks like a discount volvo

    • Godfather

      This had the design first so I would say Volvo looks like this.

  • Callanish

    Well, they’ve given themselves a fighting chance. My only reservations are the 4 cylinder only option and the perceived brand quality. Looks good, especially with those wheels on the red car, the interior has progressed with the times and Jaguar has always maintained its brand as a driver’s car, so it’s got a lot going for it. Tempting buyers to switch will be its biggest obstacle.

  • BlackPegasus

    You don’t buy a Jaguar to “compete.” You buy a Jaguar to be “different.”

    Having said that, the refresh looks nice.

  • Navy Pier Moroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Although, I see (in my opinion) Audi A4 in the rear especially in the color red; however, I think Jaggie has corrected many cues on the XE to make it really stands out from a shy crowd, but BMW still takes the lead with its all-new 3-series, which is an advantage. Albeit, Jag made this thing look really good with much improved redesign, and that grille looks good, everything looks good especially the new headlamps that took care of those halogen, outdated headlamps. Good job, Jag!

  • Dude

    LEDs are cool and all but sometimes they take some character away from a car

  • Paulbe

    Discreet. It took Jaguar people a long time to learn that retro-ing all your designs over and over didn’t help.

  • designer_dick

    I wish they’d gone the whole hog and redesigned the interior completely. The changes they’ve made represent considerable progress over the cabin the XE was launched with, especially the door trim, which is far more refined and less messy looking, but I still can’t get over the ridiculous placement of the outer vents – they’re so low down they look like they were designed to blow warm air on your knees.

    Gotta say that I love the new, surprised looking steering wheel. It looks like the car just got some shocking news. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a1eee56d96b1234a7a0e000d80d77ec8d7bf5f3001c94aaa1bae2fa22388f694.jpg

    • Nordschleife

      Lol I never saw steering this until this moment and while I agree I am happy they did do something with that abysmal interior.

  • mihsf

    Looks much better from the outside but the interior still lacks personality.

  • SgtBeavis

    Did they upgrade the cheap ass materials? That was my biggest complaint for my old FPace. Closely followed by the lack of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility. The screens look nice but I want my damn Waze navigation.

    • PhilMcGraw

      “The Smartphone Pack is standard on all XE models and includes both Android™ Auto and Apple CarPlay® applications”

  • Bash

    I like the mild update, looks somehow more sharp. but I hate that 10 years old gear shifter.

    • Matt

      That gear shifter design is what you’ll find on any new BMW, and was in response to people not liking Jaguar’s old ‘rotary’ shifter.

      • Bash

        I know. Im just saying personally. besides many many people prefers the rotary one. its just more elegant and helps creates a more upscale and more clean dash/center console layout. this thing is just sticking out and takes a lot of space.

  • Jason Panamera

    I’ve got one suggestion. If you want to compare cars, do it in similar specs.

    • TOMSON

      …was thinking absolutely the same!!!! Thank you

  • SteersUright

    This car is appealing, outside of its junk 4=cylinder options. Jag clearly can match the best in this sector, so why not be the “Kia” offering and significantly beat them all on price?

  • Daniel Chamberlain

    Looks appealing to me. The rear end and wheels both looked awkwardly genetic to me. But this upper looks fresh. I want one!

  • Christine Martin

    Still prefer my original 66 plate XE but like the additions of charging and apple and android apps, even on the new face lift it is still an amazing car and jaguar have finally listened to what people want in a car 😍

  • ksegg

    That interior is still just not up to par.

    And JLR is still ranked consistently at the bottom for reliability.

    No thanks.

  • supermanuel

    Today, though, we’re looking at a heavily updated product, even though it might not seem like it from certain angles.

    Utter cobblers, as usual. This is nothing more than a bare minimum, mild refresh, nothing more.

  • rover10

    Jaguar should only build the hot version of this car. It failed to ignite emotions when it was first launched, and that is one hit that is difficult to recover from. This update might get more attention when making your next selection of company car, however, I fear the inevitable gravitation toward a German equivalent? In truth, it’s all a bit tame and old hat.

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