New Jaguar XE R Dynamic 2019 Review Interior Exterior.
Freshened for the 2020 model year, the Jaguar XE sport sedan has been restyled with new front and rear bumpers, a new grille and revised headlights and taillights with stylized LED lighting cues, a treatment meant to evoke the F-Type sports car. Two 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engines are available, the standard 247-hp version and the high-performance 296-hp engine that comes with the R-Dynamic package. XE prices start at $40,895, including shipping. Here’s a roundup of XE reviews from the automotive media.
“In the P300, acceleration is livelier, and offers a still sharp demeanor while being tossed around. With its stellar steering, all-wheel-drive grip and 20-inch P-Zero tires, the P300 is an exciting drive on these twisty mountain roads. The added all-wheel-drive grip takes controlled tail wagging out of the equation, but it’s still an entertaining experience overall.
“Best of all, ride quality — at least on nicely manicured French roads — is shockingly good no matter which power level you choose. With the suspension firmed up in Dynamic mode, overall stiffness over the few bumps I come across in France is nowhere near harsh. Flip the car into Comfort and it becomes downright pleasant through the city, not to mention silky smooth on the highway. I might feel differently once I get the XE back home on lousy Michigan roads, but for now, the Jaguar’s chassis tuning is some truly impressive work.”
“We had the opportunity to test both models, and they were both very responsive. The P300 model managed to be a bit quicker off the start, and the engine certainly had a throatier roar. But in more basic driving, the vehicles were remarkably the same.
“Overall, the steering is incredibly precise. We drove on a fair bit of twisty-turny roads, and the XE handled every curve that we threw its direction. It also did very well in passing maneuvers on highways.”
“For 2020, Jaguar has also dropped the supercharged V-6. The I-4 gets the job done, though it’s a bit of a drone compared with the throatier V-6. We credit Jaguar for not filling the void with artificial engine noise. During acceleration, there was sometimes the slightest hesitation and a mini lurch forward with the tap of your foot; after that, though, power delivery proceeded with smooth aplomb. The ride didn’t titillate as much as we wanted as we left the turquoise waters for the mountains, wound our way through incredible rock formations and arches, and then snaked our way back down to azure seas. Dynamic mode improved the exhaust note and tightened the responses. Again, the Jag did everything it was supposed to, but its performance was more measured than heart pounding.”
“We started off in the P250 as we blasted over the Maritime Alps. It was clear that Jaguar worked hard to strike a balance between dynamic capability and day-to-day comfort. Out on the butter-smooth French mountain roads, it’s a well-balanced car, perhaps even more so than the Mercedes-Benz C300 and Audi A4. It’s not as engaging as the Alfa Romeo Giulia, but the Jag’s has interior quality and overall refinement over the Italian.
“Power is more than adequate, but the engine doesn’t have much of a personality. Given that’s the case for the Ingenium four-banger in the F-Type, too, it’s safe to say this four-cylinder family just isn’t that thrilling. But the steering is reasonably communicative, and it falls on the lighter side to cater to those buyers who seek something fashionable, premium, and comfortable more than a canyon-carver. The brakes are strong, as well, with modulation becoming easier with familiarity.”
“Superior handling might, in fact, be the XE’s biggest surprise, with its rock-solid chassis and overall dynamics inviting high-speed cornering and agile apex clipping. Both engines are competent, working well with the smooth-shifting ZF eight-speed. But there’s also a somewhat un-soulful aspect to the 2.0-liter inline-four engines. Power delivery is linear but not overtly charismatic or dramatic; the engine note is there, but it’s not particularly distinct or evocative.”
“A minor retune on the XE’s suspension hasn’t sullied its swell ride either. With the base 17-inch wheels gone this year, the 2020 XE hasn’t risked its fluid damping for the showroom appeal of big and blingy wheels. The XE’s never had a real, widely available competitor for sport-package 3-Series cars (or the M3 for that matter), and it shows in the resilience and lean still allowed by its independent suspension and by its available adaptive dampers. The ride’s firmer but still more compliant than most of the sport sedans that share its size and mission. Don’t let the red brake calipers and trunk spoiler mislead, the XE’s soft enough to endure a daily-driver routine — though we’ll hold judgment on cars with the optional 20-inch wheels and summer tires until we’ve raged around Atlanta traffic on them.”