Shared core strengths
The Jaguar XE and XF ranges incorporate some of the finest saloons on the planet. Shared strengths – and reasons to purchase – include: sharp styling, confident handling, powerful efficient engines and the range of high-tech equipment. Furthermore, both sport one of the most fashionable and respected badges in motoring.
The XE is the “most advanced, efficient and refined sports saloon” the manufacture has produced, it concluded. It is a compact, executive class, model so smaller and more affordable than its sibling. It is 4,672mm long, 2,075mm wide including the mirrors, cargo capacity is 455-litres and the turning circle is 11.7 metres.
Engine options are: 2.0-litre 163PS diesel (turbocharged), 2.0-litre 180PS diesel (turbocharged), 2.0-litre 200PS petrol (turbocharged), 2.0-litre 240PS petrol (turbocharged) and 3.0-litre 340PS petrol (supercharged). 0-60mph times range from 4.9 to 7.9 seconds, average fuel consumption from 34.9 to 75mpg and tailpipe carbon emissions from 99 to 194g/km. Many of these figures impress.
These power plants complement the choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. The former is for “even greater driver involvement”, Jaguar said. The latter operates via a circular dial and enables motorists to cruise in full-automatic mode or pick gears manually via paddles behind the steering wheel.
There is a choice of rear or all-wheel-drive, too. The all-wheel-drive system sends 90% of engine power to the rear when the road is dry. On slippery surfaces such as grass, in contrast, power can be split 50/50 to maximise traction. Finally, if the surface is variable up to 90% of engine power can be sent to the front wheels.
XE trims are: SE, Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport and S. Standard features on every version include the: automatic electric parking brake, key-less start, cruise control, speed limiter, rear parking aid, automatic headlamps, automatic windscreen wipers and hill-start assist to stop it rolling backwards when starting on a slope.
Other features – some of which are optional cost extras - include a park assist system that steers into spaces while the motorist controls the throttle, gearbox and brake. The XE also brakes autonomously to avoid a collision – or mitigate its severity – if the motorist fails to respond to a hazard plus any system warnings.
The XF is a ”luxury business saloon with distinctive design, dynamic drive and state-of-the-art technologies”, Jaguar argued. This medium size fashion statement is 4,954mm long, 2,091mm wide, cargo capacity is 540-litres – which is slightly larger than the XE - and the turning circle is 11.6 metres which is fractionally less.
Jaguar XF engine options are: 2.0-litre 163PS diesel (turbocharged), 2.0-litre 180PS diesel (turbocharged), 3.0-litre 300PS diesel (turbocharged) and 3.0-litre V6 380PS petrol (supercharged). 0-60mph times range from 5.1 to 8.2 seconds, fuel consumption from 34 to 70.6 mpg and emissions from 104 to 198g/km. The range is, therefore, slightly slower and thirstier than the XE.
Choose 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic gearbox plus rear-wheel, or all-wheel, drive. Trims are: Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport and S. The XF shares much of its equipment with its sibling, but has a few extras such as soft close doors to emphasise its status. Simply close a door most of the way and a motor completes the task.
Prices and finance
The Jaguar XE costs £26,990 to £44,995 and the Jaguar XF costs £32,300 to £49,995 (on the road). There are alternatives to purchasing outright, however. Highlights include Jaguar Privilege (PCP) - a Personal Contract Plan - and Jaguar Business Contract Hire.