After months of speculating the Jaguar XE would cost less than £30,000, we can now tell you it will cost less than £30,000. From £27,995, in fact, if you want to be all precise.
Jaguar wants the XE to be the ‘mid-size saloon’. It hopes to achieve this with an aluminium monocoque, frugal four and six-cylinder engines, sat nav as standard across the range and a typically neat Jaguar design, among other things.
Five engines are available, two diesel and three petrol. The entry-level is a 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel with 163PS (160bhp). Jaguar claims 75mpg and 109g/km of CO2 emissions when mated to the ZF eight-speed automatic (99g/km for manual). 0 to 62mph takes 8.4 seconds.
At the top of the range is the 3.0-litre petrol 340 with 340PS (335bhp), which offers a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds. Fuel economy is 34.9mpg and CO2 is 194g/km. No word on the SVR version, which is said to have a monster 5.0-litre supercharged V8.
Between the two is a more powerful diesel that is marginally less impressive in the efficiency department, 200PS (197bhp) petrol capable of 0 to 62mph in 7.7 seconds and a 240PS petrol that brings the time down to 6.8 seconds.
SE, Prestige, Portfolio, R-Sport and S make up the trim levels. The entry-level SE has cloth seats, satellite navigation, cruise control, 17-inch alloys, DAB digital radio and multi-function soft grain leather steering wheel.
Next up is Prestige, which includes heated front seats in Taurus leather with contrasting stitching, blue ambient lighting, perforated inserts on the seat if you opt for the air-conditioned option and brushed aluminium door finishers.
Portfolio gives you access to various colour options for the leather, Meridian audio system, 10-way electric front seats, Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and 18-inch alloys.
R-Sport gets you heated sports seats, R-Sport branding on the sports steering wheel, sports suspension, gloss black window surrounds, two-tone 18-inch alloys, ‘subtle’ rear spoiler and sports suspension on top of some other aesthetic additions.
Throw the most money at Jaguar and S, which is only available for the 3.0-litre, gets you a race-inspired interior comprised Taurus leather seats with an S logo, dark hex aluminium on the door finishers and a gloss black centre console. There’s also larger air intakes in the front bumper, 19-inch alloys, keyless entry and an automatic tailgate.
A Jaguar XE SE 2.0d 163PS is the cheapest model, priced from £29,775. The 180PS diesel starts from £30,275 rising to £33,025 for the R-Sport. A 3.0-litre 340PS in S trim is a cool £44,870. Expect an appearance in showrooms from April 2015.
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