Jaguar XE 2.0d 180 hp proof: should be afraid of the BMW 3 Series and the Germans?
When he launched the Jaguar XE a couple of years, we all baptized fast as the BMW 3 Series English. In a way, Jaguar adventure in the segment of premium midsize sedans It is a direct attack on their German rivals, with a familiar formula: a sober design, four doors and a dynamic frame with rear wheel drive. Now him Jaguar XE through the Diariomotor garage, where we test to find out if indeed the German triumvirate should fear this British gentleman.
What is the competence of the Jaguar XE?
He Jaguar XE measure 4.67 meters long, 1.42 meters high and 1.85 meters wide. For dimensions and approach, it is a car that competes directly with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class is 4 cm longer than the BMW, almost identical to the Mercedes Class C and somewhat shorter than the Audi A4. Its dimensions and positioning are also comparable to the Lexus IS and Volvo S60, to mention other premium alternatives. This available with all-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, with up to 340 hp.
It does not have high-performance sports version or version with familiar body: currently only offered as a traditional saloon, a handicap against rivals with more body and more powerful engines. Jaguar XE rivals have for years established in the segment, Jaguar lands that after years of absence: the Jaguar X-Type was its predecessor, built on Ford stage. Jaguar passes a product page 100% own development, which must fight competition "armed to the teeth".
The engine range It consists of two diesel 2.0d Ingenium, a family of aluminum engine developed by Jaguar-Land Rover, with power of 163 hp and 180 hp. 2.0d performance of 180 hp are higher, consumption being almost identical to the access engine, 17 hp less powerful. In gasoline turbo four cylinders and 2.0 liter 200 HP opens range, Crowning a 240 hp version of the same engine and a powerful supercharged 3.0 V6 340 hp.
The latter corresponds to the engine version S - today prestacional stop range in the range XE. The Jaguar XE has passed through our hands corresponds to the Prestige version, and it is equipped with a motor 2.0d 180 CV, associated with an automatic change of eight relations and origin ZF torque converter. When picked up in the press pool Jaguar, the car had just over 4,500 km on the odometer.
An English most elegant outside and inside ...?
He Jaguar XE It is a nice, even elegant car. Its proportions are harmonious and its design is carefully. I like the classic grille of the brand, with chrome and Jaguar well present in the center. Two gill preside over the front wings, as do their older siblings. correct proportions a side profile that leads to a discrete rear, with LED drivers and two nice tailpipes chrome. Wheels our unit is 18 inches and have been painted gloss black.
Although the pearlescent white of our body is smart in the sun, and the contrast with the very successful tires, this British car leaves me somewhat cold. It is as if to be too discreet. You may want to make a point of differentiation S version, more aggressive, and future high-performance version SVR. However, it is a car that takes curious stares from other drivers, and that nothing out of tune in a luxury development or in the neighborhood of Salamanca, in central Madrid.
Step inside, and I feel in the broad seat. The interior design is very envelope. A side frame surrounds the passenger compartment, even closing the dashboard. A very accomplished feeling of immersion. Grab a large flywheel and after pressing contact, automatic roulette emerges from the center console. Before starting the engine, the word "Start Engine" flashes red, as if it were a beating heart. The Jaguar XE is a fan of theatricality, and manages to impress in this aspect.
What about quality settings? It's a bittersweet feeling. The materials used are quality, and visually apparent offer good quality. However, the adjustments between pieces and finishing touch, leave to be desired. The touch of a few buttons - such as infotainment equipment or air conditioning - is cheap, and some frequently used commands, such as intermittent, have burrs rough to the touch plastic. They are improper details of a premium car, and subtract points.
There is a detail of usability somewhat strange in the Jaguar XE. In the driver's door - I think by design requirements - the location of the power window controls is confusing: are located well above, and at the proper height are controls electric seat adjustment. The confusion is constant, although understand that frequent use will decrease. I miss bottle hollow in the doors, no more storage space than a thin longitudinal hollow.
Which also fails to impress it is in terms of space. Although its front seats are spacious - and the driving position enables even very tall people drive in comfort - you can not say the same of the rear, considerably narrower than those of its rivals in all dimensions. The trunk is also noteworthy: have irregular shapes and cubes only 450 liters. Besides being the smallest among all his rivals, his mouth load is small, making it difficult to load large lumps.
The rear seats, without forming a flat load surface. On one side of the trunk is the AdBlue nozzle recharge for the antipollution system of the car. Under the boot floor you can find a cookie spare wheel and battery.
Dynamics and consumption: the wheel of the Jaguar XE
Started the engine, and diesel wakes abruptly, shaking the whole car. Cold is noisy and noticeable rattle around the vehicle. Hot is quieter. I POWERED D and get me going. The Jaguar XE seemed to me a somewhat abrupt car: it seems as if the engine and gearbox llevasen not well, as two co-workers who are not supported but are part of the same team. They work, but with friction. It not get along with the throttle, sharp to start the march.
Placing the mode selector Eco driving mode controls the response and smoothness of the gearbox greatly improved, but there is always some small occasional pull. Stop system & Start working properly, It is fast and slightly violent, but effective: allows never rise urban consumption of 8 l / 100 km. However, Jaguar XE visibility is one of its weaknesses: The windows are small and very wide pillars. Not the most comfortable car for the urban jungle.
I leave the city and undertake motorway travel. The rate at which the engine at 120 km / h tour is only 1,750 rpm. I like good insulation car on expressways, and how well the suspension absorbs bumps without transmitting just sways to the occupants. Ingenium engine consumption are bright: A Madrid-Asturias motorway and at legal speeds translates into an average expenditure of only 4.7 l / 100 km. Even with automatic transmission accredits an average of 4.2 l / 100 km. It is a very frugal car.
I left the highway and in on my favorite stretch. While other aspects of the Jaguar XE are mediocre, stripe dynamic excellence: The chassis has great composure and the car feels light, even a little frisky. Hollowing support behind the curve slightly rounded, and traction control intervention is so soft that it is imperceptible. In a twisty stretch, after 10 km of heavy use, the brake pedal was somewhat spongy, although no fading symbols of diminishing braking power.
Columns of smoke rose from the front brakes evidence that ESP had been working thoroughly. The suspension, without being sporty, perfectly fulfills. What fails so perfectly is the engine and gearbox: the engine at high speed does not sound good, and pulls the gearbox in Race mode are evident. It is rapid in shifting gears and has a tremendous kick-down, but lack some communication with the motor, which They seem to lack 30 hp or 40 hp to 180 hp those declared.
Sorry to be so hard, but I do not understand why the 2.0 diesel 190 hp BMW, with the same automatic gearbox eight relations - mounted on a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé - it feels much faster and has a thrust apparent higher. Not that the 2.0D Jaguar Ingenium will miss torque: develops whopping 430 Nm between 1,750 rpm and 2,500 rpm - 30 Nm more than the BMW said that the 190 hp 2.0 TDI Audi A4 2.1 turbo and the 170 hp Mercedes C 220 d.
Rivals, equipment and conclusions
Do not misunderstand. The Jaguar XE is not a bad premium saloon. Their equipment in the Prestige version is abundant, and is loaded with advanced technologies for driver assistance - as warning lane departure, cross traffic alert or ASPC system, which regulates the throttle at low speed on surfaces of low adhesion. Dynamics and driving feel is bright, but the motor / gearbox fails to convince, and its interior has enough details to polish.
But it is a great starting point for Jaguar. The English have a great opportunity with the facelift of the Jaguar XE, which may be presented by the end of next year. They do high quality interiors, and could address the lack of inner competitiveness against its rivals. Likewise, I'm sure you can more accurately tune engine and gearbox, refine the experience and offer the driver an exhilarating driving experience more. I do not ask the impossible, much less.
Not asking the impossible, but ask an improvement. Why the Jaguar XE 2.0d Ingenium with Prestige finishing and automatic transmission costs 42,150 euros. A price that puts it in line with its German rivals is just 1,000 euros cheaper than a Mercedes Class C equivalent and is 1,000 euros more expensive than a BMW 320d or an Audi A4 2.0 TDI, both with automatic transmission. The Jaguar XE must justify its membership in the club of the premium, and this first attempt has fallen short in some respects, despite its enormous potential.
If the battery gets Jaguar, BMW and 3 Series itself should start worrying. At the moment, they sleep easy.