Is The 2020 Jaguar XE Worth Choosing Over The German Establishment?

The default choices in the premium compact sports sedan segment all wear German badges, namely those from BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Buyers, however, also have other, highly credible alternatives to the 3-Series, C-Class and A4, such as the highly acclaimed Alfa Romeo Giulia and, from the 2020MY, the improved Jaguar XE.

The latter is the subject of this review by Australia’s CarSales, who had a go in it and reported that it is quite competent in… well, pretty much everything.

Compared to the previous iteration, the 2020 XE looks more aggressive, features new LED headlights and taillights, redesigned bumpers and, in R-Dynamic trim, some dark accents.

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

The interior has gone through a mild makeover, welcoming a 5.5-inch infotainment system mounted a bit lower, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, ClearSight rearview camera mirror and a new steering wheel. The gear selector comes from the F-Type and there’s now a wireless charging pad as well. In addition, the materials used are of higher quality, so hopefully owners won’t have to complain about rattles anymore.

Point the wheels to wherever you want to go and the XE will respond instantly, thanks to the accurate and direct steering. The ride quality isn’t bad either, either on 18- or 19-inch wheels, but this is pretty much the limit, as the 20-inch ones will make it quite jiggly even with the adaptive dampers.

So, cam the revised Jag lure you away from its direct rivals and, better yet, does it deserve spending your hard earned money on it? Head on down to find out.


  • Brabusbus

    They need redesign their interior

    • Jason Panamera


      • Six Thousand Times

        It isn’t worse than the competition.

    • Shobin Drogan

      Also, even though I like jags, the rear seat legroom on the XE is a joke frankly, even for a car this size.

  • Bo Hanan
  • europeon

    So, cam the revised Jag lure you away from its direct rivals and, better yet, does it deserve spending your hard earned money on it?

    Not with the current engine lineup.

    • Octane

      They supposedly have an Ingenium straight 6 coming, that can make upwards of 500 hp. When will they put that in the XE, XF, new F-Type, F-Pace, is anybody’s guess.

      • europeon

        Car sales don’t live on speculations. XE and XF really suffer from lack of engine choices, and that is sad.

        • Octane

          This is not “speculation”. The Ingenium straight 6, is 3 liter, turbocharged, with electric supercharger and 48 volt electrical system. It’s in the Range Rover Sport, and produces 395 hp and 406 pound feet of torque. It can produce upwards of 500 hp.

          They started out with the Ingenium 4 cylinder and diesels. It’s a modular family—-straight 4, and then tack on 2 more cylinders.

          I do agree with the XE and XF needing more engine choices. It’s like they are not even trying to make a dent. The XE with the Ingenium straight 6 would really take it to the BMW, Merc, Audi, Lexus, Caddy, and Genesis.

          • europeon

            When I said speculation I wasn’t referring to the engine – I know it’s real – I was referring to fact it *might* end up in the XE.

            It’s like they are not even trying to make a dent.

            Exactly! Too bad the cars are kinda OK otherwise.

      • Six Thousand Times

        They’ve been promising that for awhile.

      • botornot387

        They released the specs for this family of engines, however, you won’t find it in a Jaguar product before a Land Rover. Its going in the Range Rover Sport HST trim line and will be a mile hybrid set up.

  • SteersUright

    Good looking car. Shame it seems it was never properly finished nor sorted.

  • TheBelltower

    Just be super nice to the guys in the JLR service department. Because you’re going to get to know them very well.

  • Six_Tymes

    Looks great, love the classy interior design, its simple and looks easy to use. Thankfully has knobs for direct input, getting tired of touch screen for everything.

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