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8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Jaguar XE

£31,245£148,180
8/10
Overall verdict
The long-awaited baby Jag doesn’t disappoint. It needed to be right. It is. Now it has to deliver sales.
 

For: 

Top-drawer drive, impressive new diesel, plenty for 3-Series buyers to like

Against: 

The styling’s nice enough, but is it bold enough?

Overview

What is it?

It’s a compact sports saloon, pretty much the heartland car for anyone who has a decent regular job, a couple of kids and a smattering of Coldplay and Adele albums. Only this particular example is wearing a Jaguar badge, which makes the XE officially a big deal. Not least for Jaguar, whose last stab, the X-Type, was a faux-premium reheated Ford Mondeo. Jaguar could do with this one being a big fat hit, and consequently has thrown everything it knows (and a few billion pounds) into the mix.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
5.0 Supercharged V8 SV Project 8 4dr Auto
3.3s 254g/km 25.7 600 £148,180
The cheapest
2.0 Ingenium SE 4dr Auto
7.2s 165g/km 39.2 200 £31,245
The greenest
2.0d Portfolio 4dr
8.9s 124g/km 60.1 163 £34,445
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