Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2017 Jaguar XE OVERVIEW
Jaguar's response to Europe's best compact luxury sedans, the XE offers high refinement and engaging performance at a price that's sure to attract new customers to the brand. So as not to get lost in this competitive field, the XE boasts plenty of Jaguar-esque touches, including weight-saving aluminum construction and an available supercharged V6 engine.
What's New for 2017
The XE is an all-new model.
Choosing Your Jaguar XE
Although the rear-drive XE is the smallest Jaguar sedan in years, its proportions are comparable to the well-established players in this class. There's decent room for four passengers, or five in a pinch. The body and chassis make liberal use of aluminum to keep weight in check and enhance performance and efficiency.
The engine roster starts with a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that's good for 240 horsepower, strong output for a base engine in this class.
The optional supercharged 3-liter V6 offers 340 horsepower, enough to take the XE from zero to 60 mph in a scant 4.9 seconds.
For the efficiency-minded, there's a 2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine on tap that makes 180-horsepower.
All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is available with the V6 and turbodiesel. Standard across the board is Jaguar's All Surface Progress Control system, which modulates engine power and braking for maximum traction during slippery takeoffs.
The XE lineup is divided into three models that correspond to engine choice: 25t (base four-cylinder), 35t (supercharged V6), and 20d (turbodiesel). The 35t carries a firmer suspension and standard 18-inch wheels to go with its extra power.
Once you decide on the engine, you have a choice of trim levels:
Many of the comfort and convenience features found on the Prestige are available on the lesser trim in small option packages. The Prestige and R-Sport are eligible for a fully adaptive suspension system.
We won't be surprised if the Prestige turns out to be the most popular trim level with buyers. It gives you a complete luxury car at a fair price and can be equipped upward if you choose.