The Jaguar XE gets a handsome new interior

With bits from the I-Pace and the F-Type
by Greg Potts | Feb 28, 2019
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The Jaguar XE is a good sedan. Handsome. Good to drive. While it might not have the heavyweight sales of the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes C-Class, it remains a desirable thing. Here’s the facelifted version.

It’s a mild tweak for the exterior, Jaguar using the F-Type as inspiration. Fine by us. There are new full LED head- and taillights, wider front apertures, and a new rear bumper. Like we said, mild. R-Design cars get sportier exterior accoutrements, along with sports seats and some interior chrome.

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Ah yes, the interior—it’s where most of the updates have come, and where most sales will probably be clinched. Jaguar tells us the new XE is filled with lots of soft-touch materials and ‘premium’ veneers, new door trim, and even better storage.

The old rotary gear selector has been binned in favor of the shift lever used in that F-Type. Phew. The I-Pace donates its steering wheel and pair of high-resolution touchscreens to the little Jag, too, and you get something called ClearSight: a rearview mirror fed by a wide-angle rear-facing camera. Cool.

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You get the option of a 2.0-liter ‘Ingenium’ gasoline engine in 247hp and 296hp states of tune (P250 and P300), or a D180 diesel with 178hp and 429Nm of torque, and promising 24.5km/L. All are fitted with an automatic gearbox, while you get the option of rear- or all-wheel drive beneath. The P300 with AWD will go from 0-100kph in 5.7sec, if you’re wondering which one’s quickest.

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Nothing’s been changed, chassis-wise, so it’s the same aluminum-intensive architecture along with Dynamic and Comfort modes for the engine, gearbox, and steering. Base-spec cars are priced from £33,915 (P2.3 million).

As ever, pile in with your comments below. Think it’s enough to lift sales?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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