Jaguar XE facelift India Review

It now features some cosmetic modifications, in addition to certain interior updates. More to the point, this car gets a set of BS6-compliant engines a 180hp,  diesel plus a 250hp, 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine. Both engines can be found in two variants S and SE and priced on the level, at Rs 44.98 lakh and Rs 46.32 lakh (ex-showroom, India), respectively. We put the more exciting turbo-petrol engine in the top-spec SE variant to the evaluation.

Changes into the exteriors are subtle — that the LED headlamps are sleeker now and the DRLs twice as dynamic turn indicators; its grille is larger and bolder now. This SE version gets the black Pack’ as standard, which includes blackened chrome pieces on the front grille, fender embellishments, and window surrounds. The LED tail-lamps are revised, and its bumpers get some styling tweaks also. Overall, however, the XE looks magnificent, especially at this Caldera Red color paired with the satin grey wheels.

Like the exteriors, the interiors feature subtle changes, but these make all of the difference in upping its premium appeal. The climate control area is now completely touch-operable with backlit keys. Its touchscreen is a bigger, slicker unit, with Android and Apple connectivity. Wireless charging too is part of the bundle. A big addition is the all-digital instrument cluster; it is crisp, intuitive, and offers multiple display options. The steering is fresh, and all the controls on it are touch-operable with some smart backlighting.

Jaguar XE Interior Review

The overall dashboard design remains familiar, so the Riva loop’, which runs the breadth of the dashboard into the doors, has been cocoon front occupants. The seats are comfy, and you sit low, in a somewhat sporty driving position. An intriguing feature is that the memory function for the chairs — it not only recalls the preset seat and mirror position, in addition, it remembers the air-con temperature, instrument cluster setting, in addition to the radio station you’re listening to.

At the rear, though, the narrative isn’t as pleasant. First, the door cavity is narrow, so getting in and out isn’t very easy. Then, the cup-shaped backrest isn’t very comfortable, particularly because the cushioning at the ends is a bit intrusive. Additionally, the large back air vents and high floor hump allow it to be less friendly for a middle passenger.

Jaguar interior review
Jaguar interior review

The XE turbo-petrol engine is currently available only in the greater 250hp/365Nm state of tune. Throttle response, however, isn’t instantaneous and there’s a momentary hesitation; you need to prod the throttle a bit to get moving. Get it into its zone, though, and it rewards the driver with punchy power delivery and powerful midrange performance. The engine is refined at idle and seems raspy when it spins faster. It uses an 8-speed ZF transmission such as the BMW 330i, but the nature of this transmission is extremely different in the BMW’s, and it isn’t as easy or as seamless. There are a number of drive modes on offer, such as a brand new rain, Ice, Snow’ style that enables cleaner launches in low-traction ailments.

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The Jaguar XE is the type connected car’ that driving enthusiasts long for — it’s got a superbly balanced chassis, a communicative steering, it makes the right sounds, and is paired with a set of strong anchors that additional instill confidence; too bad that its gearbox saps some fun out of the driveway experience. And then there’s another chink in its armor, and that’s its rear-seat experience.

Therefore, if you want a gorgeous luxury sedan in your driveway that’ll offer a thrilling drive encounter, the XE is for you, but if you’d like a more rounded package, its German counterparts still do a better job.

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