XE PUTS ON A PERFORMANCE
Available in Australia as the XE P300 R-Dynamic, Davies puts the SE variant through its paces and is immediately impressed by the price, equipment inclusions, luxury and powertrain when compared with its key European rivals.
LUXURY COMES STANDARD
Passenger comfort has been carefully considered during the design phase, with “space in the front commendable for this class”, and a cabin that feels open and airy, while in the back “passengers are unlikely to complain”.
IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE AND ECONOMY
Taking the XE P300 out of the suburbs, Davies finds it “loves to cruise on the highway, [with] enough grunt in reserve for overtaking...It’s relaxing and comfortable”. The XE really shines when the time comes for “a spirited blast up the mountain”, offering a direct and highly engaged feel, with immediate and consistent steering capabilities.
Jaguar vehicles are renowned for their high quality ride and the XE doesn’t disappoint Davies, “especially compared with some market contenders”. Rushing down a mountain road he encounters “various dips and sudden rises…to see how it would cope. And it coped wonderfully. It always feels planted and in complete control”.
AN OUTSTANDING ALL-ROUNDER
Taken by the super-engaging handling, Davies could tell “a proper driving enthusiast has heavily influenced the engineering and development of the overall dynamics”. And while he looks forward to what Jaguar does next for this class, in the meantime he concludes that the XE “continues as an outstanding all-rounder. You should be attracted to it, physically, but also by its enjoyable driving manners and distinctive elegance”.