Jaguar XE, first impressions of British saloon

jaguar xe c de salamanca 13 Jaguar XE, primeras impresiones de la berlina británica Jaguar wanted to compete in the competitive market D saloons segment with the Jaguar X-Type, a model that was introduced in 2000 and whose commercial life ended in late 2009. This British model went through more pain than glory for the market for a particular reason, it was basically a Ford Mondeo of the time with the logo of the famous Jaguar and some cosmetic changes. The strategy did not turn out quite right to British and evidently did not want to repeat the same play.

The concessionaire C. Salamanca this week invited us to their facilities to see firsthand how Jaguar wants to compete in this segment, led by the three major German (Mercedes, BMW and Audi) but segment from now is the have to do with a hard rival, the Jaguar XE. Jaguar bid for aluminum and a new range of engines called Ingenium to control, of course, this competitive market.

Design and aluminum chassis

jaguar xe c de salamanca 14 Jaguar XE, primeras impresiones de la berlina británica The Jaguar XE is the first model that has been developed over new modular platform signature. The platform shall be used in future models and is characterized by the use of materials such as aluminum, magnesium and high strength steels, allowing greater torsional rigidity with very low weight, which finally results in a better performance on road. In some chassis 2003 in composition had 30% aluminum, this is 75% aluminum .

In addition, “rests” on very specific suspensions. While some manufacturers favoring a McPherson suspension, Jaguar has equipped its new sedan segment D-type front suspension deformable parallelogram , while the rear axle is relying on a Link Integral suspension. The Jaguar XE is also a pioneer within the firm, it is the first Jaguar to use a electric power steering . Include those responsible for the firm that will become the standard to follow, with CO2 savings of up to 3%.

In terms of design, surely this sedan is easily recognizable as a Jaguar, because it uses the design language of the British firm even carried one step further. It is not groundbreaking in terms of aesthetics, but if you look at the drag coefficient of only 0.26, understand the work carried out on the aluminum body. This item is not balidí, since we are dealing Jaguar better drag coefficient of history . This has been made possible by 1,200 simulations of computational fluid dynamics.

Interior and habitability

Jaguar XE C de Salamanca If you look at the interior of the Jaguar XE reproaches we can make are not too many. It falls short of what is expected in a brand like this and can be measured as equals with their direct rivals, in design, production quality and materials used. The dashboard is dominated by the new color touch screen 8 inches, while the center console out for the rotary switch to automatic versions.

In the front seats no reproaches, we enjoy a ample space multiple settings for both the steering wheel to the seats. They are comfortable and the Portfolio version are lined with good quality skin, whereas if we rode the XE S version we find seats that offer greater lateral grip needed when we want to tame the 340 horses offered by Jaguar XE more beast than we find today, and the same wheel that uses the F-Type.

jaguar-xe-c-de-salamanca-10 The first problems arise in the rear seats . Although we have much longitudinal space, the fact is that the ceiling height is reduced and types of large spans, as a server which measures 1.87 meters, reach to touch the ceiling with his head. The central square, as usual, is the least usable. For the first time in a Jaguar, the rear bench is swing in proportion 40:20:40 , yes, optionally.

If we move the trunk we find a somewhat fanciful shapes although quite usable. The load capacity is 450 liters and a double bottom hides the battery. This fact shows the importance that has put Jaguar in weight distribution, close to 50:50. Optionally you can request a spare wheel and its system of opening and lockout. An improved detail is the absence of coating at the top of the boot, which is inconspicuous.

powerful and efficient Powertrain

ingenium-motor The Jaguar XE comes to market with a really wide range of engines, both gasoline and diesel engines with power outputs ranging from 163 hp diesel block to 340 hp extracted from the block of 3.0 liters which equips the Jaguar XE S. diesel engines are called Ingenium are created from scratch, have a modular design that permitted variants also fueled by gasoline and form the backbone of the strategy Jaguar engine with low emissions of C02.

All petrol engines are associated with automatic gearbox 8-speed and torque converter manufactured by ZF, while diesel 163 hp and 180 hp alternatives may also be associated with a box manual of six relations manufactured by the company Getrag. In this first contact we have discovered the benefits of this change, the selector is very short and shows some runs very precise , further combined with good strength.

Motor Transmission 0-100 km / h Vel. max Consumption CO2 Weight
2.0 Diesel 163 hp 6-speed Manual 8.4 seconds 227 km / h 3.8 l / 100 km 99 g / km 1.474 kg
2.0 Diesel 163 hp Auto 8 vel 8.2 seconds 227 km / h 3.9 l / 100 km 104 g / km 1.500 kg
2.0 Diesel 180 hp 6-speed Manual 7.8 seconds 228 km / h 4.2 l / 100 km 109 g / km 1.550 kg
2.0 Diesel 180 hp Auto 8 vel 7.8 seconds 228 km / h 4.2 l / 100 km 109 g / km 1.565 kg
200 hp 2.0 Gasolina Auto 8 vel 7.7 seconds 237 km / h 7.5 l / 100 km 179 g / km 1.530 kg
240 hp 2.0 Gasolina Auto 8 vel 6.8 seconds 250 km / h 7.5 l / 100 km 179 g / km 1.535 kg
3.0 petrol 340 hp Auto 8 vel 5.1 seconds 250 km / h 8.1 l / 100 km 194 g / km 1.665 kg

Equipment and prices

nuevo-jaguar-xe-16 The Jaguar XE has standard equipment rather high , and more when compared to its direct competitors. Account with Stop / Start, hill start assistance, JaguarDrive Control, electroasistida speed sensitive steering, braking torque split by (Torque Vectoring by braking), electronic parking brake, dual zone climate control, color touch screen 8 inches, USB, AUX, iPod docking station, Bluetooth, emergency braking assistance and Jaguar Smart Key System with keyless start.

Furthermore, the model of the British firm has four trim levels (Pure, Prestige, Portfolio and R-Sport) which are available according to the selected engine. While the two most basic finishes, Pure and Prestige, may be associated with all engines (except the 3.0-liter engine and 340 hp), the Portfolio and R-Sport versions are not available for the basic engine, the diesel 163 hp and 380 Nm of torque. Clearly, the S finish is reserved for mechanical strongest option available to date.

Jaguar XE Pure Pure XE

  • Alloy wheels 17 “
  • Interior with Premium Fabric-trimmed seats
  • Dashboard Gloss Black
  • steering wheel Priel
  • Grille in Grained Black Chrome finish contour
  • chrome side gills
  • trims temper door inscribed Jaguar
Motor Transmission Finishing Price
2.0 Diesel 163 hp 6-speed Manual Pure 37,000 euros
2.0 Diesel 180 hp 6-speed Manual Pure 37,000 euros
2.0 Diesel 180 hp Auto 8 vel Pure 39,500 euros
200 hp 2.0 Gasolina Auto 8 vel Pure 39,000 euros
240 hp 2.0 Gasolina Auto 8 vel Pure 44,000 euros

Jaguar XE Prestige Prestige XE

  • interior with leather seats with contrast stitching Taurus
  • Dashboard Brushed Aluminium
  • soft grain leather steering wheel
Motor Transmission Finishing Price
2.0 Diesel 163 hp 6-speed Manual Prestige 39,288 euros
2.0 Diesel 180 hp 6-speed Manual Prestige 39,288 euros
2.0 Diesel 180 hp Auto 8 vel Prestige 41,788 euros
200 hp 2.0 Gasolina Auto 8 vel Prestige 41,472 euros
240 hp 2.0 Gasolina Auto 8 vel Prestige 46,472 euros

Jaguar XE Portfolio XE Portfolio

  • Alloy wheels 18 “
  • Interior Windsor leather seats with perforations and stitching matching Herringbone
  • Dashboard Embossed Aluminium
  • Grille in Gloss Black Chrome finish contour
Motor Transmission Finishing Price
2.0 Diesel 180 hp 6-speed Manual Portfolio 42,592 euros
2.0 Diesel 180 hp Auto 8 vel Portfolio 45,092 euros
200 hp 2.0 Gasolina Auto 8 vel Portfolio 45,043 euros
240 hp 2.0 Gasolina Auto 8 vel Portfolio 50,043 euros

Jaguar XE R-Sport XE R-Sport

  • Luxtec interior with sport seats with inserts Technical Month
  • Dashboard Etched Aluminium
  • Grille in Grained Black Satin Chrome finish contour
  • R-Sport Bodykit
  • metal trims temper door with logo Jaguar R-Sport
  • Sports suspension
Motor Transmission Finishing Price
2.0 Diesel 180 hp 6-speed Manual R-Sport 40,966 euros
2.0 Diesel 180 hp Auto 8 vel R-Sport 43,466 euros
200 hp 2.0 Gasolina Auto 8 vel R-Sport 43,285 euros
240 hp 2.0 Gasolina Auto 8 vel R-Sport 48,285 euros

Jaguar XE S XE S

  • interior with leather sport seats Taurus Grain suedecloth inserts and contrast stitching
  • Dashboard Aluminium Meshed
  • S leather sports steering Softgrain
  • Grille in Gloss Black Satin Chrome finish contour
  • Bodykit S
  • side gills in Satin Chrome finish
  • red brake pliers
  • bi-function HID Xenon headlamps
  • metal trims temper door with logo Jaguar S
  • covers stainless steel pedals Bright finish
  • Sports suspension
Motor Transmission Finishing Price
3.0 petrol 340 hp Auto 8 vel S 60,919 euros

Our sincere thanks to the dealer C of Salamanca for the invitation to the event.

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Article Jaguar XE, first impressions of British saloon was originally published in Current Motor.

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