Compact luxury sedans supply an affordable gateway to most brands and the 2019 Jaguar XE is no exception. In a segment led by the BMW 3-Series, the XE makes its own statement by demonstrating its performance credentials when equipped with an available supercharged V6 engine. That said, the XE isn’t as refined as its competitors and, like other models, the back seat area is cramped.
What's New for 2019
Changes for 2019, include two new trim levels, a limited edition model, and performance improvements. The new trims, the 300 Sport and Landmark, are joined by a special XE SV Project 8 model. The Project 8 has a 592-horsepower supercharged V8 engine and is limited to 300 copies worldwide.
Choosing Your Jaguar XE
Jaguar offers eight trim levels with the 2019 XE as well as the special edition Project 8 model. Most models come with standard rear-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive.
The XE has more engine choices in this segment, beginning with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine as well as a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. The S model is available with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, while the Project 8 is exclusively powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine. All engines work with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
EPA-estimates for fuel economy range from 16 miles per gallon city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 combined with the V8 to 32/42/36 mpg (city/highway/combined) with the turbodiesel. The models equipped with the base 2.0-liter gas engine achieve 25/34/28 mpg.
There are so many configuration choices with the 2019 Jaguar XE that you’ll be forgiven if you struggle to make a decision. The turbodiesel engine has our attention for its blend of efficiency and power. We think the XE Prestige hits the right spot.