Those looking for a European luxury sport compact sedan that stands apart from the usual crowd will want to look at the 2020 Jaguar XE. The XE looks great, is fun to drive, and is loaded with technology and new features, making it a worthy competitor to the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
What's New for 2020
The XE has been heavily refreshed for the 2020 model year with a new look, a more straightforward engine selection, and plenty of luxury and technology features to keep up with the competition.
Choosing Your Jaguar XE
The trim and engine options for the Jaguar XE is much simpler for the 2020 model year. There are now only two trim levels and two engine options.
P250 models have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 247 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available for $2,000 more. P300 models, which are only available with all-wheel drive, utilize an uprated version of the 2.0-liter turbo engine with 296 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.
Both of these engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with a gear selector that mirrors that of the Jaguar F-TYPE sports car. While the acceleration of the P250 models isn't anything to get excited about, P300 models do 0-60 mph in a 5.4 seconds, a respectable number for a sports sedan at its price point.
For 2020, all XE models receive standard 18-inch wheels, electric leather seats, LED headlights and taillights, front and rear park assist, and lane keeping assist. Additionally, Jaguar has spent a significant amount of time upgrading the interior of the XE, filling the cabin with premium materials and soft-touch surfaces to make it really feel like a luxury car.
Like any true luxury car, the XE offers a large variety of standalone options and packages that can take your car to the next level. If the standard seats aren't adjustable enough for you, Jaguar offers 16-way adjustable heated and cooled front seats for $1,500, as well as premium Windsor leather for $2,150.
You can also change out the headliner and trim materials for a price, as well as choose between two upgraded Meridian sound system options for $300 and $800, respectively. Other options include cabin air ionization, a cabin air quality sensor, heated rear seats, satellite radio, and power folding door mirrors.
The Park Pack ($600) includes park assist, a surround-view camera system, and a rear traffic monitor, while the Drive Pack ($1,700) bundles blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and high-speed automatic emergency braking. The Cold Climate Pack ($620) offers a heated windshield and steering wheel and headlight washers.
The Convenience Pack ($1,200) adds keyless entry, a power trunk lid, more power sockets, and an electrically adjustable steering column. The Dynamic Handling Pack ($1,615) configures the car for sportier driving alongside an adaptive suspension, bigger brakes with red brake calipers, and a trunk lid spoiler.
The Technology Pack ($1,950) includes a camera-based rearview monitor, wireless device charging, a head-up display. a second 5.5-inch touchscreen, and a larger 12.3-inch HD display that replaces the analog gauge cluster. The Connected Navigation Pack ($1,365) brings Jaguar's Connected Navigation Pro system, an adaptive speed limiter, and traffic sign recognition.
The interior and exterior can also be jazzed up with the Black Exterior Pack ($375), Premium Upgrade Interior Pack ($655), Car Care Pack ($55), Basic Rear Seat Convenience Pack ($299), Premium Rear Seat Convenience Pack ($499), Premium Interior Protection Pack ($399), and the Basic Interior Protection Pack ($349).
Most of the features in the packages can be selected à la carte as well.
Currently, there are just two trim levels:
While the 2020 Jaguar XE does offer a compelling amount of standard equipment compared to BMW and Mercedes-Benz, you can still inflate the price quickly with all of the available options. Since the difference between the P250 and the P300 is only about 50 horsepower, we think the best bet is to stick with a base model and use the money saved on whatever option packs you want.