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Jaguar XE Hatchback First Drive Review

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Jaguar XE Overview

Jaguar XE is a premium compact sports sedan from the stable of Jaguar that comes with an elegant but powerful look. It has a sturdy build and is equally at ease in city roads as well as in uneven off track drive. The Jaguar XE images that the company released during Auto Expo 2016 shows an amazing designed car with commanding presence and style. It falls in the above 4-meter category and has remarkable features that give it an edge over its rivals in the market that are within this price bracket. Jaguar XE is available in two different trims; one of them is called the Jaguar XE and the other is called Jaguar XE 2.0L Petrol Pure2.0L Petrol Portfolio. This well-built sedan has a big 2835mm of wheelbase that allows it to seat around 4 passengers comfortably. The design of this SUV looks masculine and the comfort level of this car is on par with other such vehicles in this price category. Check for Jaguar XE  price in Ahmedabad at Tryaldrive.

Jaguar XE Design

At the glimpse of the XE, the first impression we get is of the new XJ. The honeycomb mesh grille comes with the red growling cat and sharp headlamps. The fascia of the XE holds some similarity in design to the other Jags. The headlamp LED layout is new and this is carried forward on the upcoming Jags. Design by Ian Callum and his team, the XE has perfect sculpted proportions, with a long bonnet and the boot size is in proportion with the sloping roofline. The rear haunch is muscular indicating that the power is delivered through the rear wheels. The side profile is typical Jag, and the design DNA is carried forward. The rear styling is identical to other Jags and the tail lamp design has been inspired from the legendary E-Type. The XE comes with 17-inch tyres, our press demonstrator had Pirelli.

The XE has been built on the new iQ [Al] platform. This is an all aluminium platform and Al stands for Aluminium. This will be used to make the new XF, XJ and even the F-PACE. The new-gen vehicles are lighter due to the use of aluminium. This gives XE an advantage in its segment.

Jaguar XE Cabin

The interiors of the XE are all new. The baby Jag’s interiors have been cocooned around and the Jag logo sit at the centre. This is the British marquee’s new design theme for interiors that will be carried forward on to other sedans and crossovers too. The XE has black and camel brown interiors. There is the new Jaguar steering wheel that is similar to the F-TYPE. The instrument binnacle comes with twin dials and a driver information system too. There is a storage space for your smartphone on the right side of the steering wheel. Centre console consists of a touchscreen system with maps, reverse parking camera, side view cameras and telephone connectivity. There is also an dual zone climate control too. The gear knob is circular and it also rises into your palm when you switch on the car.

The Jaguar XE seats are extremely comfortable. The rear too has good comfort. The front row of seats are supportive and spacious. The rear isn’t as spacious as the front, but there is good enough head room and knee room. Two can sit comfortably at the rear and even the boot can gobble luggage for an entire weekend. There are rear AC vents, some storage space at the back along with a charging point for the rear passengers. The XE comes with a Meridian music system. JLR continues its relationship with Meridian even on the XE. The current Range Rover also gets a Meridian 3D surround sound system.

Jaguar XE Performance

The Jaguar XE diesel is powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder engine which is called Ingenium. This motor produces 180 PS at 4000 RPM and 430 Nm at 1750 – 2500 RPM, resulting in 0-100 km/hr coming up in 7.8 seconds while the top speed is 228 km/hr. It does pull well lower down and turbo lag is well contained with the mid-range being the strongest point of this powertrain as it’s between 2000 and 4000 RPM where this Jag pulls strong, there isn’t much of a top-end with redline coming up at 4900 RPM. It isn’t the most refined motor as it’s quite audible but in a good way as the sound from the twin exhausts is a bit sporty for a diesel. To know more info on Jaguar XE check Scriptcafe

There are 4 driving modes – Normal, Eco, Winter and Dynamics (with a chequered flag), these alter the engine, steering and AC, not the gearbox as the S mode on the rotary gear selector does that. In S mode, it holds the revs all the way, upshifting slightly below 4500 RPM while if you use the paddles, it will go into manual mode and not upshift till you do so. The gearbox is very quick with shifts, sometimes too fast as it downshifts when you don’t need it but I like the enthusiasm, especially in the city wherein stop-go traffic, this Jag feels just too punchy but you learn to modulate the throttle.

Jaguar XE Riding

The XE is the first Jaguar to come with an electric steering which has superb feel and feedback. Not only does the steering weigh up well at speeds, it feels connected all throughout. Jaguar has achieved very good weight distribution (near 50:50) and that’s due to the use of aluminium not only in the chassis but also in the suspension. Then there are a slew of electronics too but the one to really talk about is torque vectoring which applies brake to the inside wheel while cornering to maintain control.

Being a rear-wheel drive, the Jaguar XE does feel a bit oversteery but the electronics make sure you point where you want to, although you can still have some fun. In spite of being a good handler and stiffly sprung, this BMW 3-Series rival has a fantastic ride quality wherein it absorbs almost everything in its stride other than the bigger bumps on the road where it just thuds. The brakes on this car offer good stopping power and the XE remains glued to the road at high speeds.

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 Price in Ahmedabad

Jaguar XE On Road Price is 45,30,494/- and Ex-showroom Price is 40,60,767/- in Ahmedabad. Jaguar XE comes in 7 colours, namely Polaris White,Ultimate Black,Odyssey Red,Bluefire,Italian Racing Red,Dark Sapphire,Metallic Rhodium Silver. Jaguar XE comes with RWD with 1999 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 197 bhp@5500 rpm and Peak Torque 320 Nm@1750 rpm DRIVE TRAIN RWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 7.7 seconds . Jaguar XE comes with Automatic Transmission with RWD .

Jaguar XE Bottomline

The Jaguar XE with the addition of a diesel engine, becomes a more compelling package. The 240 BHP petrol version is, without doubt, one of the best cars in the segment but the diesel, although lacking the same levels of excitement, still manages to bring in the fun factor with its fantastic balance between ride and handling, not to forget more economical running costs. Factor in the current 3-Series is on its way out and you realise that the XE is currently the driver’s delight in the segment.

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