The car’s interior is pleasant and fairly luxurious, if not quite up to those of the car’s German rivals. The black plastics and leathers can be a bit plain, admittedly, but lighter and more visually appealing two-tone upholsteries are also offered. The car’s switchgear is all either grained or rubberised, and its instruments are pleasingly conventional and clear. 

Occupant space for the driver is adequate, but snug rather than generous, while a slightly highmounted seat combines with a typically graceful swooping Jaguar roofline to limit headroom for taller drivers. In the rear, space is short of the standard of the most practical compact executive saloons, so fullsized adults may struggle a bit for knee and headroom. The boot is a fair size but the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series offer more cargo space. 

In 2019 the XE received a major facelift, with styling tweaks inside and out, plus new touchscreens and upgraded materials for the interior. The engine range was reduced to a single diesel, the 178bhp D180, and two petrols, the 247bhp P250, and the 296bhp P300, all available in rear or four-wheel-drive forms. In 2020 a 201bhp 2.0-litre mild-hybrid diesel, the D200, joined the range, replacing the D180. The trims were revised to R-Dynamic S, SE, HSE and Black.

Our top spec

Prestige: All XEs get plenty of equipment, but of the earlier cars, Prestige models feel a little bit more premium than entry-level SE, and it suits the car better.

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