When introduced, the Jaguar XE, and XF, were considered some serious competition for the likes of the BMW 5 Series, and the Mercedes E-Class, but with both of those models being recently revamped, Jaguar knew they had to do the same.
The styling differences are subtle, and it’s a question of the finished article being greater than the sum of all parts – looking at the differences on their own, they don’t seem that radical, but compare the newer and outgoing models side-by-side, and it’s clear that Jaguar have done the right thing.
You need a keen eye to spot the differences to the exterior style – a slightly wider front grille, ‘double J’ daytime running lights, redesigned front and rear bumpers, and the odd bit of bright trim added here and there.But there’s so much more to the update.
There are two major updates with the XF and XE, and it’s these updates that take the fight right back to Mercedes and BMW: technology, and hybridisation.
Available now, is the D200 (diesel/mild hybrid), with 200hp, and fuel economy of 57.2mpg. The electric motor is used to boost acceleration, and is recharged through braking, so there’s no need for plugging in anywhere, no messy cables and no planning around charge points. Thanks to the hybrid system, you can get to 60mph from rest in just 7.1 seconds, that’s pretty sprightly.
Of course, these cars aren’t bought for their ‘traffic light Grand Prix’ ability, but the extra boost on acceleration makes overtaking a breeze, and that’s what counts most with these cars.
If you’re looking for something a little extra, there’s also a P250 (petrol, 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder) which has 250hp, or using the same engine, a P300, which as you might have guessed, has 300hp.
All engines are coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and if you plump for the P300, you also get four-wheel drive. (An option for the D200).
For the new models, Jaguar have beefed up their technology also – fitting the very latest Pivi Pro infotainment system, which is considered as one of the best on the market currently.
There’s up to 11.4” of touchscreen, along with a digital dashboard (replacing the older style analogue gauges), and host of neat features like wireless charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 3D camera system, and the JLR ‘Clear Exit Monitor’, which warns both driver and passengers (including rear) of any oncoming vehicles or bicycles approaching the car when they open the doors to exit the vehicle. It’s not revolutionary, but it’s a great idea, and it works.
There’s also the active road noise cancelling system, which constantly monitors the vibrations from the road surface, calculates the exact opposite sound frequency to reduce road noise to an almost whisper level – making the Jaguar feel like … a Jaguar.
To compare the models for yourself, get in touch with our friendly team of professionals, they’ll be happy to talk you through the full list of upgrades, the options, and just what Jaguar have done to reclaim their top spot in the executive saloon market.