By on March 3, 2017

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Front 3/4, Image: © 2017 Jeff Wilson

2017 Jaguar XE 35t R Sport AWD

3.0-liter V6, supercharged, DOHC, direct injection, variable inlet and exhaust cam timing (340 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm; 332 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm)

Eight-speed ZF-supplied automatic, all-wheel drive

20 city / 29 highway / 23 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

11.8 city / 8.2 highway / 10.2 combined (NRCan Rating, L/100km)

Base Price: $52,695 (U.S) / $59,595 (Canada)

As Tested: $64,750 (U.S.) / $71,995 (Canada)

Prices include $995 destination charge in the United States and $2,095 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada.

It smells like a proper Jaguar.

That’s what came to mind after climbing into the XE’s driver’s seat for the first time. Jaguars tend to play on the senses – and consequently the heart – more than other cars, which has surely helped many owners look past some of the brand’s idiosyncrasies (and, let’s face it, quality woes) in the past. This one seems to have its sensory appeal in check.

Several years ago I drove a then-new XJ, a supercharged V8 model that somehow dazzled me despite a clunky transmission and sagging suede headliner. It was a car that’d be hard to recommend a friend or loved one spend a hundred large on, but somehow still appealed to the irrational side of me. The sound of the exhaust note, the sensual styling and yes, the smell of those cattle hides swathing the interior all conspire to blur one’s vision toward the (ahem) occasional quality lapse.

Since then I’ve logged seat time in several other Jaguars, including a 2,200-mile journey in a flawless XF a few years ago. The modern-day Jaguar – now ruled by Tata Motors – seems to be wringing out the English from the electrics and producing competitive and wholly contemporary luxury cars, for better or worse.

The new compact XE sedan has generated positive buzz in the automotive media for being an engaging drive, and as a past owner of three different BMW 3 Series sedans, I was keen to see how the Jaguar’s first compact since the lamentable X-Type stacks up.

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Fender Badge, Image: © 2017 Jeff Wilson

The XE certainly looks the part of contemporary compact sport sedan with its short overhangs and low, broad stance. It’s a handsome car, but thanks to the styling triumphs of more plebian machines (like, say, the Kia Optima with its shared fender accents), it’s really only the name and badging that lets the great unwashed know this diminutive Jaguar is a luxury machine.

Inside, the XE is a little more special. That fragrant leather is there of course, and the rest of the interior materials feel sufficiently upscale, accented by lovely contrasted stitching. Finished in black, with more piano-black trim and some tasteful aluminum accents, there’s nothing inspiring, here, but it’s pleasant enough.

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Interior Dash, Image: © 2017 Jeff Wilson

 

There are a few ergonomic gaffes. The volume button is located to the bottom right of the climate controls, away from the infotainment system. The climate control temperature reading is obscured by the steering wheel when I’ve got the seat set where I need it, and manipulating a button at the end of the turn signal stalk and various additional buttons on the steering wheel are required to review trip computer information. The front seats – both heated and cooled here – are wide, stiff and lacking in support causing notable strain in my not-that-old back. These are the sorts of things that the Jag’s three German rivals have largely worked out by now with their interior designs.

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Center Console, Image: © 2017 Jeff Wilson

The optional 10.2-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment system isn’t without fault, either. While it’s screen size and graphic sophistication are on par for this level of car, the system tends to hiccup and freeze occasionally, and its menu system is far less intuitive than the systems now employed by competitive brands. That said, the Meridian sound system produces impressive power and clarity.

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Front Seats, Image: © 2017 Jeff Wilson

Passenger space is decent up front, though headroom feels snug for those over 6-feet tall. The rear seat is expectedly cozy since the XE is a compact car after all. One additional note about the backseats: a primary reason a young executive might choose a compact sport sedan over a similarly priced coupe is its ability to do double duty as an occasional family car. While Jaguar has made the ISOFIX child seat mounts very accessible, the scooped out seat base is so narrow that my son’s booster seat couldn’t properly fit without angling it to allow access to the seat belt receiver.

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Rear Seats, Image: © 2017 Jeff Wilson

But enough about child seat and glitchy infotainment woes — what’s this thing like to drive? My test car, an XE 35t AWD R-Sport normally wears spidery-looking 20-inch wheels shod in sticky summer rubber. Seasonal considerations, however, meant our test car was wearing winter boots, resulting in a less-than-ideal representation of the XE’s true handling prowess. Nevertheless, the Jag proved a frisky handler, making the most of its stiff suspension, especially with the car set up in Dynamic mode (which is how it stayed most of the week).

Steering is quick and the compact dimensions of the car give it nimble reactions on the road; though more feel through steering wheel wouldn’t be a bad thing, such is life with electric steering these days. Tackling curves at elevated speeds, I found the XE sometimes unsettled, but I suspect it has more to do with the squishy Michelin X-Ice tires squirming around than the car’s set up. Pleasingly, the all-wheel-drive system is rear-biased and it’s possible to cause a bit of power-on rear-end rotation when pressed hard.

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Trunk Badge, Image: © 2017 Jeff Wilson

The suspension trades off handling and ride quality reasonably well, though my posterior isn’t sensitive enough to notice much difference between “Normal” and “Dynamic” suspension mode stiffness in terms of ride quality.

The 3.0-liter V6 has a supercharger nested between the cylinder banks resulting in 340 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. And remember when carmakers used superchargers with their instant gratification instead of laggy turbochargers? Well the Jag’s venerable mill dispenses with 332 lb-ft of torque, but not until 4,500 rpm. Most modern turbos reach full whistle at less than half those revs. This means the XE actually needs some revs to get the most out of it. It’s not a bad thing — kinda fun, really — but for those accustomed to the immediacy of thrust from a BMW or Benz turbo six, the Jaguar feels a little soft off the line.

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Rear, Image: © 2017 Jeff Wilson

Once underway, even at highway speeds, a one- or two-cog downshift produces a thrilling shove in the back as the Jaguar gathers speed at an impressive rate. The same engine is fitted under the bonnet of each of Jaguar’s other models, including the racy F-Type sports car, where the exhaust is tuned to emit the most sensationally unholy howl. Here, though, Jaguar keeps the XE surprisingly quiet, not even allowing the amusement of an occasional burp or fart on decel. Instead, there’s some supercharger whine and an otherwise industrial-sounding induction note.

2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Shifter/Center Console, Image: © 2017 Jeff Wilson

The XE 35t’s transmission is the much-loved ZF 8-speed automatic, and while many of us would still prefer a good ol’ fashioned manual transmission, the ZF ‘box offers rapid-fire gear shifts when the rotary dial selector is set to S, and smooth, seamless shifts when it’s on D. In S mode, the steering wheel-mounted paddles add to the fun since the XE will rev up and hold a gear, waiting for the driver to command a change.

Jaguar has done a great job with the XE, especially in this supercharged R-Sport rendition. It offers reasonable style, luxury and performance comparable to the three German luxury brand offerings. Plus, thanks to a comparatively sparse dealership network, the XE is bound to be a far rarer sight on North American roads.

But is rarity and its ingrained passion enough to overshadow some of its minor quirks? Only the buyers will determine if smelling like a Jaguar will be enough to make them want to park the XE in their garage.

[Images: © 2017 Jeff Wilson]

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57 Comments on “2017 Jaguar XE 35t R-Sport AWD Review – Solve For X(-Type)...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    That’s a beautiful car, but…

    Oddly, I can’t find interior dimensions for this vehicle anywhere, so it must be *very* tight. At 6’6″, my choice of cars is limited if I care about rear seat space. But I’ve not been able to sit in a Jag for years, even in the front seat.

    • 0 avatar
      jkross22

      I went to the LA car show this year with a 6’6″ friend who could not fit in the F-Pace’s driver seat, but was able to sit in a CX-5.

    • 0 avatar
      duffman13

      I sat in one at the car show last week, I’m 5’10” BTW.

      a) I could *barely* sit behind myself. My knees would touch the seatback with the front in my position.
      b) I never tried to put the seat on the floor, but if I had a helmet on for a track day, it would have been touching the headliner

      I don’t think you’d have any luck.

    • 0 avatar
      DrSandman

      @SCE – I drove a 35t and a 20d at a DC Jaguar event here late last fall. I drove the diesel on the public roads and the v6 on an autocross course. Very impressed.

      I responded to you because I’m oddly proportioned — very very tall from the waist up, including a 6’8″ wingspan. I’m also quite lanky: 170# at ~6’4″ give or take, depending on the time of day and the condition of my back.

      Reclined, the seats were comfortable and I fit with my hair brushing the headliner. Our 4-person family is euro-sized: we’re all tall and fit, trim athletes. We would comfortably fit for a 3-hour tour, but I would take the bigger Jeep on longer trips. Typical Appalachian-sized ‘Muricans would not fit comfortably…

      In the front seats, there was maybe a tad more room in an XF, but the XJ and XE and F-Pace felt the same in terms of space. I could only fit in the F-Type with the roof down, and could only safely drive it by looking _over_ the windscreen, FWIW.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Looks like Tata is the best thing to ever happen to Jaguar.

    I wouldn’t buy a compact if I had the kind of money thing thing requires but at least the Junior Jaguar makes a nice case for itself.

  • avatar
    dividebytube

    This was on my short list (to lease) – until I saw one in person. Too small to carry a family in – especially with a son who towers over me.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    You could hack 4 inches off the width of that console and have a lot more leg room. It looks kind of bare with just that circular shifter in there. An actual shifter and nice leather boot would fill that space out much better.

  • avatar
    ar_ken

    How does ZF make a “much loved” 8 speed and yet make a MUCH HATED 9 speed???

    That transmission was so bad in my Discovery Sport that I got rid of it mainly because of that (as well as its piss poor assembly quality)..

    • 0 avatar
      derekson

      The issues with the 9 speed come from the packaging required to make a transverse 9 speed transmission that fits so many different vehicles.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        That’s the first time I’ve heard such a comment about the 9-speed.

        I know it’s a complex transmission, and the dog clutches contribute to harsh shifting along with wonky software.

        Are you saying the internal design was forced to be *different* due to external packing requirements?

  • avatar
    ajla

    Is possible to get the XE with an interior that doesn’t look like it belongs in a high end Kia? What a boring, generic design.

    The X-type wasn’t a good car but at least it looked like a Jaguar from the driver’s seat.

    • 0 avatar
      30-mile fetch

      I was planning on posting just this. The interior is tasteful and “nice” in a way that the default segment choice BMW 3 series is tasteful and nice. Same could be said of the exterior. But it’s not distinctive, it doesn’t look at all special or unique. It doesn’t give me any reason to want it.

      Jaguar seems to have made a Jaguar 340i here. What’s distinguishing it from the BMW? What’s the point of picking one over the other? Seems Jaguar decided to move into the 21st century or whatever and abandon the old school wood and leather look, but now I don’t see much brand identity at all.

      • 0 avatar
        threeer

        My problem with the baby-Jag, as well. Pull the badges off either one, and what is left? Sure, Jags of yore were (mostly) reliability nightmares, but you KNEW what a Jag was just by glancing at it. The XE will likely sell in decent numbers, but I just don’t see anything about it that would make me go for it, versus any number of other vehicles in the same class (or even lower).

      • 0 avatar
        Jeff Wilson

        Exactly. You’d really have to *want* the Jaguar brand to pick it over a better-engineered competitive model.

      • 0 avatar

        Jaguar interiors used to have great swaths of real wood. That was what made them distinctive. This does not. It’s a very cold looking instrument panel/door panel.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      A high-end Kia costs more, and reviewers seem to like its interior.

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    Yeah my complaints in just looking (not driving) the car is that is just feels overly tight, especially in the back seat, but also up front. Also the steering wheel seemed odd. I don’t know if it was off-center or angled strange or extra large diameter. But something was odd.

    Maybe a drive would cure me but I wasn’t wowed by anything on the car in the showroom.

  • avatar
    stevelovescars

    Other than the color, this car would be essentially invisible on the road. It’s too generic looking and too small to demand those prices. I like Jaguars, but I forget this model even exists.

    X-type bashing is pretty common, but were they really THAT bad other than being pretty small? they were definitely little more than a shrunken XJ in style, but at least they looked like a Jag and the interiors looked nice. The materials have held up well, even in high-mileage examples I’ve seen. Every time I see an X-Type wagon for sale, they seem to bring real money, too. I was thinking an X-type would make a great winter beater.

    • 0 avatar
      Steve Biro

      Just goes to show you what the so-called experts know. Perhaps our complaints about this XE will have a similar ring 15 years down the road.

    • 0 avatar
      Jagboi

      “X-type bashing is pretty common, but were they really THAT bad other than being pretty small?”

      Short answer, no. I have an 07 X Type, my parents have an 05. It is based on the Ford Mondeo floorpan, which was highly regarded in Europe at the time. The X shares 18% of it’s parts with the Mondeo, primarly the center section of the floorpan the engine block (heads and manifolds are Jag designed) and some HVAC parts.

      There are a couple of weak points that are well known, but otherwise they are great cars. So far, still the best selling Jaguar ever. The main weak point is the transfer case is “sealed for life” and only holds 550ml of oil. If it leaks, it doesn’t take much to cook a transfer case. Leaks are not common like 70’s cars, but it can happen. Best to change oil occasionally, the forums have procedures to do it yourself.

      I saw an X in the junkyard this week with 450,000km on it and it was there because it was rear ended. No oil leaks under it:)

      There was significant upgrades for the 05 model year, so buy as late a car as you can. Unless you want a manual, that was available up to 04. I love mine as a winter car, the AWD is excellent and the heated seats are some the fastest to warm that I have experienced. Appreciated on cold days!

  • avatar
    TMA1

    For those who have to be different, when German or Japanese won’t do:

    Jaguar XE or Alfa Giulia?

    • 0 avatar
      Steve Biro

      That’s the same question I have. For a $300-$350 a month lease, a base XE or a base Giulia? What say the B&B?

      • 0 avatar
        derekson

        I’d take an A4 because I can get it with a manual. It won’t have the OMG DYNAMICS chassis of the Jag or Alfa but it will be more fun with a stick shift so I don’t care.

        If the Jag or Alfa are literally the only options, then I’d definitely go with an XE though.

    • 0 avatar
      Car Ramrod

      The easy answer is neither because no manual. Having not sat in either (mainly because in my town I’d have to go to the snobby Bentley/ Aston/ RR/ Maserati dealer), I’d pick the Alfa for its distinctive looks. I hear the Alfa’s seats suck without an upgrade though. There’s enough German flakiness in my garage, so it’s lease or nothing.

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      Turbo-4 only I’d take the Alfa, but the killer app for the XE is that you can get one with a 340hp V6 and an okay-ish equipment level for under $45K.

      The Giulia really needs a mid-level engine.

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        Here’s a scary thought: you can buy a new A4 for $45K, and still only have FWD.

        Jaguar was supposed to make a manual available in the US on the XE, but nixed that idea a few months ago.

        • 0 avatar
          banker43

          I can’t say I’ve ever seen these FWD A4s that I hear about. Here in upstate NY, they really do not exist. I’ve got a 2014 with a manual trans, and with Quattro and winter tires,I can climb a freakin’ tree. The 6-speed makes hustling this car through the twisties entertaining. I don’t know who is buying a $45K FWD A4,but it is not happening within 300 miles of here!

    • 0 avatar
      Garrett

      It’s a very tough call, and I’m going to make that exact decision at some point (hopefully) soon.

      If I go for the XE, it would be with the diesel, as I’m currently putting mileage on my car at the rate of 20k miles per year.

      For me it’ll probably boil down to do I want to have more fun with potentially more issues, or less fun with a bit more security.

      • 0 avatar
        Jagboi

        I have rented an XE in the UK with the diesel. Over my trip with was city, small roads and motorway I averaged 57 mpg with the 2.0 diesel. The car was the 180hp version and RWD. AWD would knock a few MPG off that number.

        I’m 6’1″ and I had no trouble fitting. I found it a great car to drive, but I’d probaly go for an XF if I could, I like them better.

    • 0 avatar
      slap

      How close is the nearest Jag or Alfa dealer?

      I’d assume the Jag is a bit more sorted out since it has been out for a while. The Alfa is all new, and may have some teething pains.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      “Life’s too short to drink the same drink as everyonelse, life’s too short to drive the same Mercedes BMW or Audi… step up to the new Guilia.” Actual Alfa commercial playing on local radio stations.

  • avatar
    carguy

    I would call the XE a near miss. It has its charms but, compared to the 3 series, the interior is no better (which is a low bar to clear), the ergonomics are compromised, the engine is neither as smooth nor as efficient and the handling is about on par. That would not be an issue if it was exceptionally beautiful or there there was a price benefit but neither of these is the case.

  • avatar
    RobbieAZ

    My wife very nearly bought one of these. She’s always wanted a Jaguar and had originally wanted an F-Pace. But after seeing it in person she decided it was too big and that’s when she fixated on the XE. She liked how it drove (I didn’t drive it, I was in the somewhat cramped back seat). But we were both somewhat underwhelmed by the interior. It just didn’t seem like anything special. We built one with the salesman but left the dealership without putting down a deposit. After thinking about it some more at home she decided to wait, but didn’t rule it out.

    A month later we were coming home from my sister’s house on Thanksgiving and she saw a Porsche Macan for the first time and instantly fell in love. The following week we bought one off the lot and she couldn’t be happier.

  • avatar
    FalcoDog

    I liked this car more that Jeff. I thought the exterior design was impressive in person and the interior fit and finish was excellent, simple but nicely done. The seats and driving position were very good for my 6.1 frame. I’ve never seen a perfect car but any minor quibbles I had with this car instantly evaporated at speed. Planted, supple and very powerful, it’s an excellent drive. Turn in is good, mid corner stability is excellent and the thrust when you opened up the throttle coming out of a corner is a joy. I for one, LOVE the way this car sounds. The blower whine and exhaust sound at full chat made a noise that surprised me and firmly planted a smile on my face. It is a very fun and visceral drivers car that I’m afraid most Americans will not really understand.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Nice review, Jeff. I liked that you dove pretty deeply into the car’s handling characteristics.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Is anyone buying these? Every time I think I see one, it turns out to be a new XF.

    • 0 avatar
      DrSandman

      I see lots here in NoVA, DC, and the swanky parts of MD. Everytime I have seen a new Jag with a temp tag on it for the past 3 months, it has been an XE or F-Pace.

  • avatar
    Alfisti

    My boss had an XF and I was STAGGERED how small it was inside given the large exterior proportions. As a result, I get the feeling the XE is a touch too small inside for most folk.

  • avatar
    jmo

    I looked at the C, the A4 the XE and the 3. The A4 was special in its Audiness. The C was special in its Mercedesness. The Jag just didn’t seem special or differentiated in any way. The 3 was pathetic.

    • 0 avatar
      derekson

      In their pursuit of wider appeal, BMW has lost anything that makes their cars special IMO. I get that not every buyer cares about driving dynamics per se, but the unique character appealed to people in a way that the cushy BMWs just don’t. Plus BMW doesn’t do luxury nearly as well as Mercedes or tech as well as Audi, etc.

  • avatar
    Whatnext

    That is not a Jaguar interior.

  • avatar
    jdmcomp

    I really wanted to love this car and so did my wife. In the end we bought her a Cad CTS. At least I can pick it out in a parking lot. Much nicer interior and more features for the money (with all the cash on the hood Cadillac puts out) And I own and love an SType that just turned over 100K miles. Also tried the BMW, Merc C300 (I also have and love an older C300 with 6 cyl and 6 sp manual) and some others. The Cad won with my wife and I could not fault the decision.

    • 0 avatar
      olddavid

      Agreed. We went to Monte Shelton’s and drove this because I’m suffering from the itch. XE and XF are in my price range, but my butt says go ahead and get the F-Type. No way. Losing 40k large in 6 years at my age is idiocy. Tomorrow I’m going to see a cherry 2005 XJR with 32k miles for 20% of the XE. I just cannot escape the sensation of being the “Lord of the Manor” when driving a clean well-kept XJ, especially when it has 400 hp. These are obviously made for the up-and-comers these days and judging by the floor traffic in an urban store like this, they have hit the target. Just not for me. If I could afford an XK 140, I’d have that, but until then, an XJ8/R will do nicely.

  • avatar
    orange260z

    A little OT as this doesn’t directly involve the XE, but I think my comments on the brand in general are relevant.

    I haven’t driven (or even seen the XE) but I have seat time in the F-Type and the XF, and I loved both. I’ve purchased a car in each of these classes in the last 18 months, and each time I decided on an alternative.

    It wasn’t the cars themselves – I found both cars to be very stylish (something lacking in the mid-size car segment with the Germans), and both drove extremely well. Not to mention that the F-Type coupe looks and sounds make me need a change of underwear!

    Strangely, for a fledgling brand here in Canada, they didn’t seem to have much interest in selling the cars. First, the gold Rolex Sub-wearing “senior” salesman with whom I had an appointment passed me on to a young kid who was very nice, but didn’t know a thing about Jaguars (he worked in the Volvo department) for the test drives. As I was leaving after my drives, he said to deal with him, not the other guy, if I decided to move forward. I told him exactly what I was looking for, and left him my contact info. He never contacted me again. A call to the service department to ask about ongoing maintenance costs was left my questions unanswered. Subsequently, I heard horror stories about this dealer’s after-sales service and this just cemented my negative impression.

    Six weeks later , I bought a used Porsche 911 instead of the F-Type, the Porsche being a car that I know reasonably well and which has a large support network for both parts and guidance outside of warranty.

    Eight months later (still no contact from Jaguar), I bought Cadillac CTS instead of the XF. Like the XF, the CTS is a “stylish” alternative in a sea of “functional” German sedans. Both of these cars also felt more agile than the competition.

    The main reason for picking these cars over the Jaguars was the customer service (or lack thereof) at my local Jaguar dealer. I walked into the place wanting to buy Jaguars – I think the cars are great, and I wanted to be able to tell my grandparents that I was supporting an “Indian company” (I am of Indian descent). But these are expensive cars, and in that class you expect a certain level of customer service and a competent and helpful service department – and Jag was not able to offer this to me where I live.

  • avatar
    Fred

    Would it be possible to put a thin veneer of walnut over all that black plastic? Probably not as splinters would be labled a safety issue.

    • 0 avatar
      FalcoDog

      LOL, yes you can get wood trim. It looks pretty good actually.

      • 0 avatar
        Chumley

        Badge-less this could be anything – generic Nissan/Infinity or ??

        Everyone seems to get all moist when cars like this or the new Alfa are adorned with 20″ wheels, 500hp, and scoops/flares/fins but the pedestrian versions are all utterly dull. Pass.

  • avatar
    Marty S

    Nice review. I also agree with Falco’s comments. I took delivery on a new XE 3 months ago (after waiting a long time for the prices to get more reasonable). Very happy with it. We also had 2002 and 2005 X-types. The 2002 was very problematic but the 2005 was fine. Distinctive and good looking with a nice ride, excellent paint, nice looking interior and excellent AWD (which was not very common at the time). Lacked much power though, which Jaguar has certainly remedied in the XE.

    As to the XE, I love the power of the supercharged 6 and the wonderful exhaust note. Makes me smile. Ride and handling are excellent. Interior is nice, good looking dash and center stack, nice cockpit feel. Some ergonomic glitches, like placement of window controls. One major design flaw in the steering wheel controls; will not go to next preset station. Dealer said that was how it was supposed to work but, after lengthy communications with JNA they say that a software fix will be released. Otherwise, I love the car. Went from a Lexus IS that was perfect, but this is more exciting.

  • avatar
    chiefmonkey

    Immediacy of thrust from a BMW or Benz turbo six? Was that sarcasm?

    • 0 avatar
      Jeff Wilson

      It was not. Not a fan of the snarly, torquey wonders that are the C450 or 340i?

      • 0 avatar
        chiefmonkey

        Haven’t driven a 340i, but if it’s anything like a 335i, a full minute of hesitation before the lid of your Starbucks cappuccino goes flying through the air…
        I do know it has more horsepower, so maybe that issue has been addressed finally.

  • avatar
    frnpwrbby97

    I found the comment about being able to smell the leather, “odd”. I’ve been in almost all modern Jaguar/Land Rover products and have rode in an F-Pace and Range Rover Sport and don’t recall smelling leather in any of them. They all had that classical “new car smell” with a slight whiff of hotel room. Absolutely no leather.

  • avatar

    I’m a proud owner of an XE 35t after test driving a bmw 330i, mercedes C, Audi a4 and Lexus is350.

    Something about this car just wants to be driven unlike any of the others. The suspension is outstanding.

    I’ve had some rattles and an issue with the A/C, but they were fixed quickly. This car makes every onramp a highlight of my day.


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