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.
2019 Jaguar XE Overview
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.
2019 Jaguar XE Review
The Jaguar XE hit showrooms for the 2017 model year. Other than the arrival of the now-sold-out SV Project 8 model, not much has changed. The 2019 Jaguar XE is a great way to stray from the BMW and Mercedes-Benz models that clog parking lots, but will anyone even notice your unique choice of luxury sedans?
The 2019 Jaguar XE comes in four main trim levels tied to specific powertrain options: 25t, 20d, 30t, and S. Within these trims are additional sub-trims that act almost like packages. For buyers who don’t need raw performance or diesel fuel economy, the 2019 Jaguar XE 25t, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, offers great balance at a relative value.
Within the 25t trim, there are five sub-trims: base, Premium, Prestige, R-Sport, and Landmark. The middle-of-the-road Prestige trim is the way to go so you get most of the luxury features you’d expect without breaking the bank. The XE 25t Prestige comes standard with grained-leather seats, heated front seats, ambient lighting, navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot, auto-dimming side mirrors, a Meridian 380-watt sound system, a universal home remote, and much more.
- Model:2019 Jaguar XE 25t Prestige
- Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
- Output:247 hp / 269 lb-ft
- Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
- Drivetrain:Rear-wheel drive
- MPG:25 City / 34 Hwy
- Options: None
- Base Price:$44,730 (including the $995 destination fee)
- Best Value Price:$44,730
The 2019 Jaguar XE has an engine for just about any buyer, and they all do their respective jobs perfectly. The base 2.0-liter gas engine’s 247 horsepower gives you plenty of juice without breaking your budget. The upgraded 297-hp 2.0-liter engine adds more life to the party without going full V6. The 380-hp V6 engine tips the XE into sport-sedan range with its sub-five-second 60-mph sprint. Finally, the diesel engine may only inject 180 hp, but its EPA-estimated up to 42 miles per gallon highway is perfect for commuters. Jaguar added an extra dose of wild to the XE lineup with the 592-hp SV Project 8 model. Sadly, all 300 examples of this insane sedan have homes, so the only way to find one is used.
All XE variants come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission that's predictable and smooth. A quick switch into “Sport” turns this transmission into a fast-firing unit ready to tackle quick sprints. While the available adaptive suspension system helps glue the XE to the asphalt, its standard suspension allows a little too much floating.
Being based on the larger and more luxurious XF gives the XE’s cabin a lot of beautiful trickle-down styling. Sure, the XE’s cabin is smaller than the XF, but this more compact interior fits the styling nicely. Up front, the seats are roomy and comfortable, making long drives a breeze. The Jaguar XE’s 16.1-cubic-foot trunk makes family road trips unexpectedly easy, too.
While the XE isn’t ugly by any stretch, its looks are dated and rarely draw any attention. With its competitors going through recent redesigns, buyers may find the XE’s styling too stale.
The Best and Worst Things
With the wide range of powertrains that run from thrifty to wild, there's something for everyone, and that eight-speed automatic transmission does a great job managing every engine option.
But, the Jaguar XE is way overdue for a redesign. This look was great a few years back, but the compact luxury sedan segment has changed a lot since the XE’s debut in the 2017 model year.
Right For? Wrong For?
The Jaguar XE is perfect for a professional who’s tired of seeing the same BMW and Mercedes-Benz models in the parking garage.
Buyers looking for the latest in luxury-car styling will be very disappointed with the XE. It's dated, vanilla, and desperately behind the competition.
The Bottom Line
The 2019 Jaguar XE is a great change-of-pace luxury sedan for those looking to break the mold. But this mold breaking comes with a look that may be too plain for some and a wildly confusing lineup that includes four trims and more sub-trims than we’d care to count.