Jaguar XE Performance & Test Drive

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Jaguar XE Overview

It’s a diesel-powered version of Jaguar’s entry-level sedan. When the automaker had launched the car in 2016, it had been brought in with only petrol power and as a sporty alternative to the other members in the entry-level premium sedan segment. However, to really get into the volumes game, Jaguar had to bring in a diesel which is what this model is. Putting the ‘I’ in diesel is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit from the Ingenium family of motors that Jaguar debuted with the XE and F-Pace. Check for car loan interest rate.

It may be the diesel powered XE, but that has not killed any of its looks and that is something that Jaguar is known for. All around, you can see hints of the XF and XJ which is not a deal breaker at all as both are quite good looking themselves. The signature horseshoe grille and muscular lines on the bonnet dominate the face while in profile, you can see that the positioning of the A-pillar is in conjunction with the long hood gives the car a GT feel.

Jaguar XE Exteriors

Styling is where the Jaguars rule the roost and the XE is certainly no different. It starts with the signature grille – the toothed-cat in the centre and the low lying twin-barrels headlamps looking straight into you. The large louvered hood swoops down like eyelids with the creases adding muscle to the equation. And all of this aggression and drama is created with simple, clean lines from Ian Callum’s drawing table which make these Jaguars so beautiful.

As you move on to the profile, the steeply raked windshield flows into the taut roofline that extends to the boot lid, almost like a coupe. The design gives it a crouched stance when you look at it from the sides and the distinct shoulder line, the flared wheel arches and the signature fender slit adds character. The tail gets a little lip-spoiler on the deck-lid and two large horizontal wrap-around tail lamps with the flying cat embossed in the centre.Overall, the Jaguar XE takes the styling game to the next level in the compact luxury sedan segment, leaving behind its primary rivals, the Mercedes C-Class, the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4.

Jaguar XE Interiors

Given that one of the XE’s main selling points is looks, it does not disappoint in the cabin. You get a speedboat style cowl running across both ends of the dashboard while the beige and black colour scheme present both on the upholstery and plastics does well to up the premium factor in the cabin. Of particular notice is the ‘Theater of dreams’ floating gear knob which pulsates when it rises from the dashboard as you start the car.

In terms of features you get everything that is standard in the segment like dual-zone climate control with dual rear vents, electric seats (sans lumbar support), instrument cluster with digital display cruise control and a touchscreen infotainment system with smart phone integration and downloadable apps. The infotainment system has all the requisite features to put it on par with its rivals, but still lacks the finesse of its German counterparts.

The front seats offer good bolstering and thanks to the soft leather, you can sink right in and devour the kilometres on the highway as you go along. However, the rear seats are a different story as they feel inadequate especially, for a six-footer like me – a fact enhanced by the sloping roofline that eats into the head room. In fact, a larger person would have to angle their head in an odd way during ingress and egress to get around lack of head space.

Jaguar XE Transmission

Let us talk about performance now. Jaguars are meant to be leaping forward and also be agile and the XE does that quite well thanks to the robust diesel mill. The engine in question here is the Ingenium 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel four-banger that pumps out 177bhp of power. And it is the whopping 430Nm of torque and the eight-speed gearbox that create all the magic. With the torque kicking in from as low as 1700rpm, the engine revs cleanly to over 5000rpm with the horsepower taking over the proceedings as we move up. For more information on Jaguar XE Visit Industrynewswire

It comes with three driving modes – snow, economy and dynamic apart from the standard normal mode to suit different driving conditions and situations. In Eco mode, the gearbox upshifts quickly to the next gear, so much so that the engine revs well below 2000rpm when you have already crossed 100kmph on the speedo. Being a torque converter, you have enough go from lower revs, and once the turbo spools up, the ZF gearbox works smartly to keep the engine in the meat as far as possible. In Sport mode, the gearbox holds on to the revs even at the red-line and the gearbox responds faster when you flick the paddles. Snow mode restricts torque to avoid wheel-spin, something that would be a rare occurrence given the Indian climate.

So, with the meaty engine and the gearbox working well in tandem, you are cruising in three-figures effortlessly. The ride is pliant, soaking up almost everything. But the characteristic underlying stiffness of the suspension — designed-for-foreign-roads-and-adapted-for-India —, is evident, especially on the badly-executed concrete highways we find in India. But on tarmac, all the noise settles down for a quiet ride, bringing out the real XE.

Jaguar XE Driving

Also, characteristic of Jaguars is the taut steering. In spite of being an electronic unit, it has the feel of the hydraulic past and I enjoyed it. Feedback is precise, especially when you try and push the car, throwing it around corners at speeds you shouldn’t ideally be doing. The chassis tells you exactly what is happening at each end and you know exactly when you want to back off. The whole steering-suspension combination takes a little time to get into the sprint, but once it does, it is capable of some serious speed. And complementing it well are the brakes. They don’t fade out that easily and have the right bite and progression for your regular traffic crawl as well as that occasional burst of speed around the twisties.

Jaguar XE Safety

For braking segment, Jaguar XE has powerful ventilated disc brakes for all the tyres with ABS, EBD and Brake assist. In addition, it also includes six airbags, three-point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters, the cornering brake control, dynamic stability as well as traction control, ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, emergency spare wheel, and side impact protection among a host of others.

Jaguar XE Cost in Hyderabad

Jaguar Xe On-Road Price in Hyderabad ranges from 45,30,494 to 52,38,716 for variants XE Pure and XE Portfolio Diesel respectively. Jaguar Xe is available in 6 variants and 7 colours. Below are details of Jaguar Xe variants price in Hyderabad .Check for Jaguar XE price in Hyderabad at Tryaldrive

Jaguar XE Final Thought

The Jaguar XE diesel actually does a pretty good job at what it is built for. It gives you a taste of the Jaguar aura of opulence and speed. It has all the bells and whistles that come standard for the segment and a cabin that reminds you of a speedboat. Add the dynamic handling of the Jaguar to the equation and top it up with the gorgeous proportions of the XE and you have a proposition that is just too attractive.

It is not that the Jaguar is unrivalled. Running interference here is the comfort-focussed Mercedes-Benz C-Class which offers a soft ride and more cabin space. The BMW 320d also works pretty well trying to find the perfect balance between ride, space and handling while the Audi A4 aims for tech and bling. So, if, making a statement and loving it is your style, the Jaguar XE is the car for you. It might not be the most spacious in its segment, nor does it have the best ride or horsepower. But then it has its own unique proposition that suits a select class of buyers who prefer a bit of style and exclusivity over downright practicality.

 

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