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  • Writer's pictureAlain Kuhn Von Kuhnenfeld

2018 Jaguar XE 2.5t AWD Prestige

Updated: Feb 20, 2019

Welcome to this weeks car the Jaguar XE 2.5t AWD in mid trim called “Prestige” this vehicle is imported from the Land Rover factory Solihull in the United Kingdom . With an MSRP of $50822, it is slightly cheaper than last weeks review.

Fun Factor: 8

Can it Family: 5

Fuel-Friendly: 7

HWY-warrior: 8

Karaoke Friendly: 5

Baby friendly: 5

City Cruising: 7

This is entry-level Jaguar with its new 2.0L turbo and in-house build Jaguar engine is undoubtedly a pleasure to drive and unexpectedly the performance from the engine and the precision of the handling are representative of the wildcat it is! We are happy they are no longer using Ford’s build engine they had in previous years. The power comes earlier and rev’s a lot longer. The car feels a lot quicker than the claimed 247hp with 269 lb-ft of torque and 6.2 seconds 0-100km/h. In our own test, we’ve come closer to 5.9 seconds and that with winter tires.

Can it family? It can, however, this is not where the XE shines, lets first start with the rear doors, due to the coup like roofline and the smaller than wished for door opening makes it hard to get larger car seats inside the backs seats, with that comes my second complaint, the Isofix are easy to find and are to find, this is not where my criticism comes from is that the little clips that hide them are flimsy and can easily be detached and finally lost...not so great when the time comes to sell the car. The trunk opening is smaller than some of its rivals. Once you've added your stroller you'll be short on space for other items; we were only able to fit one carry on suitcase and a medium-sized stroller. As for the roominess in the back, the rear seats will seat comfortably 3 children. When seating 3 adults the story is entirely different we would suggest no more than 2 adults in the rear. In case you're using car seats, we would recommend a maximum of 2, this will eliminate the 3rd spot in the back.

Again for the fuel economy, we were amazed of the fuel economy of this sporty sedan, on the HWY we averaged 6.2L per 100km with an average of 8.9L per 100km city and HWY we were astonished by these results for a car of its weight and on top of being AWD. For someone that drives a lot of miles on the HWY, we strongly suggest trying the XE before its competitors.

The sound system is decent it will not amaze any of your friends and will be fine for most people, as for audiophile you might get some disappointed in the mid-range. The infotainment takes a certain time to adjust, as some of the menus are not simply layed out and can get confusing, finally we would like to see a screen that is a little brighter.

As for city driving, the suspension is slightly on the firmer side, however, nothing to make the ride uncomfortable we would actually say that the cornering and parallel parking is made simple since the handling is direct and precise. The quality of the rearview camera is okay. Fuel consumption in the city we average 10.2L per 100km that we found pretty good for this type of car.

Our final thought of what we’ve like the most are the precise handling, the head seats, and the 3 levels of adjustment, so you'll never be cold in the winter. The number of seat adjustments. The fuel economy. Things we've disliked the placement of the front passenger vents, they've been placed too low, the door handle ergonomics what should have been a good idea on paper is less than ideal. The shifting of the 8-speed transmission.

Finally, the question that everyone has on their mind with Jaguar will it be reliable, that is indeed the questions, we've seen certain improvements since Tata motors have purchased them. We would recommend leasing the XE, and in case you're interested in buying we would suggest trying to get as much insensitive as possible.

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