2020 Jaguar XE Reviews

2020 XE New Car Test Drive

Introduction

The 2020 Jaguar XE is the British brand's sport sedan, and a rival to some of the best-known four-doors on the planet. 

This year it gets a mild facelift that includes slimmer LED headlights and squared-off taillights. Powertrain options, which previously included a turbodiesel as well as a supercharged V-6, have been pared down to just two turbo-4 models. Numerous active-safety features have been made standard. The interior benefits from new door panels, more soft-touch materials, and a conventional shift lever that replaces the old rotary-dial unit. 

The cheaper and less potent version of the 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes 247 horsepower. The high-output spec has 296 horsepower at the ready. Both mate to an 8-speed automatic and send power to the rear wheels. All-wheel drive is available on the less powerful engine. 

Pricing for the XE ranges from about $40,000 for a base model to $60,000 for one loaded up with nearly every option. 

The NHTSA and IIHS have yet to crash-test an XE. 

Standard-issue active-safety equipment for all XEs includes front and rear parking sensors and active lane control, as well as automatic emergency braking. Buyers willing to pay more can get adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, blind-spot monitors, a surround-view camera system, and automatic park assist. 

The XE is an efficient sedan in any guise. The most parsimonious models, which are rear-wheel drive and come equipped with the 247-hp engine, are rated for 25 mpg city, 34 highway, 28 combined. Upgrading to all-wheel-drive sees the city rating drop by 1 mpg. 

The high-output 296-hp turbo-4 only comes in rear-drive guise, but that doesn't do much for its fuel economy. It's rated for 22/30/25 mpg. 

Lineup

All prices include a $995 destination charge. 

The XE is down to just two models. The cheaper of those is the base P250 ($40,895 for RWD, $42,895 for AWD), which comes with features like a 10-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, 12-way power seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. 

Stepping up to the R-Dynamic ($47,290) brings a dose of added style by way of a more aggressive front bumper, a body kit that brings a more sporting look, and sport leather seats with contrast stitching. It also has gearshift paddles and sportier 18-inch wheels. 

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