2017 New Jaguar XE:  Compact luxury has growls galore! 

By Autoreviewman

The 2017 Jaguar XE compact luxury sports sedan, joins the new Jaguar D-Pace SUV as competitively priced entrants in the luxury market. Jaguar is hoping for bigger sales as the Indian owned British company doubles its model offerings. The Jaguar 2017 XE is one of the first Jaguar product built on the new advanced aluminum architecture which was showcased in the C-X17 concept car in 2013.

A lithe, graceful car with strikingly elegant lines, the Jaguar XE has signature cues from the XJ and XF models from the revered auto maker. The chrome wire mesh grille proudly sports the Jaguar logo cat face and leads to the sinuous flowing sheet metal curves.

All-wheel drive is standard and   the base model (XE 20d) for Canada comes with Jaguar’s new Ingenium 180 hp, 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 315 lb/ft of torque.  A 3.0-litre 340 hp supercharged V6 (XE 35t), with 332 lb/ft of torque, priced from $48,500 is also on offer. Both models arrive with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shift controls and are available in three trim levels:  Premium, Prestige, and R-Sport with its unique front fascia, side skirts, and badging.  The XE features a clean, modern design that’s more elegant and modern. High quality aluminum and leather offer a tasteful contemporary looking look.   Seats are comfortable and front legroom is excellent, although the rear is a tighter affair. The equipment levels are high with full power and creature comforts. There are two touchscreen options— a standard eight-inch (InControl Touch) and an optional 10.2-inch (InControl Touch Pro) display screen.

Whatever your engine choice, ride and handling make the XE a standout in its class.  On the road, the XE offers a great driving experiences with smooth, fast acceleration, and wonderfully linear and precise cornering.

The XE also arrives with a host of safety features such as:  autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, land keeping assist, traffic sign recognition and adaptive speed limiter, park assist, blind spot monitor and reverse traffic detection, adaptive cruise control and a surround camera system.

Not much to complain about really, the XE is not as spacious for rear seat passengers as you would think thanks to low coupe-like roofline. Why should you seriously consider the Jaguar XE? Well it is awfully good looking, fast and drives superb. Plus the grinning cats head on the front will let everyone know you have arrived! Superb in every way.

2017 Jaguar XE sedan. Priced from: XE 20d Premium $45,000, Prestige $49,500, R-Sport $54,000; XE 35t Premium $48,500, Prestige $53,000, R-Sport $57,500.