Jaguar XE vs. Lexus IS 200t

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Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Bassem Girgis is a Freelance Writer with a strong passion for creativity. Bassem strongly connects with writing, music, photography, and martial arts.


, - November 2, 2016

The XE is Jaguar's newest answer to compact luxury sedans from around the world. The baby Jag features aggressive styling and fine materials all around. The exterior is rather crisp, but simple, making the body attractive enough without going overboard. Some might say the Jaguar XE offers just the right balance of luxury and sport.

The new Lexus IS 200t offers a unique exterior that combines elegance with strength. The interior can compete with most of the small luxury sedans on the market. It features high-quality materials all around, from wood trim to chrome. The backseat is surprisingly comfortable for adults.

Which of these fresh takes on compact luxury offers you more for your money?

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What the XE Gets Right

The Jaguar XE is available with your choice of three engines: a 280-horsepower turbocharged four cylinder, a 340- horsepower supercharged six-cylinder, and a 180-horsepower turbodiesel. All are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The XE offers engaging overall performance, especially when it comes to handling. The exterior is elegant, sporty, and clean. The interior is also uncluttered, with fewer buttons than most competitors and a very sleek center console. The Jaguar XE is a true competitor in the small luxury sedan segment.

What the Lexus IS 200t Gets Right

The Lexus IS 200t carries a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that develops 241 horsepower. The new engine achieves 33 mpg on the highway, a major improvement over last year's model. On the inside, the IS 200t comes equipped with wood trim all around, an attractive leather steering wheel, and sumptuous seats with high-quality stitching. The exterior offers sharp creases and aggressive trim for a decidedly sporty look.

Can the IS 200t Compete with the Jaguar XE?

The Lexus IS series has come a long way, and its cabin easily the nicest in this class. The Jaguar counters with superb handling for this class.

Our Verdict: Lexus IS 200t

The Jaguar XE is a hoot to drive, but the Lexus IS 200t delivers more of what you buy a luxury car for.

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Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Bassem Girgis is a Freelance Writer with a strong passion for creativity. Bassem strongly connects with writing, music, photography, and martial arts.