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First Drive: 2017 Jaguar XE

Jaguar makes some good looking cars, and it’s a company that still has an air of exclusivity around it even though it’s not quite as expensive as its competition. It’s a brand that’s looking to sell more vehicles too, and to do that it needs to actually offer a wider range of products.

There’s a two pronged attack on this sales goal coming up, and the first prong is the Jaguar XE. This is the leaping cat’s compact luxury sporting sedan, and it will do battle with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series, Lexus ES, Audi A4, and a few other premium machines.

We trekked to Aspen, Colorado to get a first look at this latest small saloon. On the menu for today is great roads, good weather, and one Jaguar XE packing a 340 horsepower supercharger V6 and another with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that produces 318 lb-ft of torque.

So how does it stack up? Click play to find out.

[Disclaimer: Jaguar put us on a plane and gave us a hotel room in Snowmass so we could sample the new XE. There was also food and some drinking when the driving was over.]

  • Sjalabais

    Wonderful scenery and great car, but…are these speed signs set up by joking bears? Can’t be real?

    • Jeff Glucker

      The roads are pretty tight… but also awesome.

      • crank_case

        no-one enforces those limits too strictly though right..right? I thought the drop from 100 to 80kph rural limits were bad..

  • 1977ChevyTruck

    I have to say… I like your phone case!

    • Jeff Glucker

      hehe… similar logo right on this page, to the right in the sidebar.
      I asked the artist if we could use it for that and he said yes. I didn’t ask about using it to sell product, so that phone case is a one-off for me. I have one on an iPad too.

      • 1977ChevyTruck

        I thought I recognized it!

        Actually, @Batshitbox was just discussing the sidebar pics on yesterday’s Last Call:


        He also discovered a site that sells T-Shirts of it:

        • Jeff Glucker

          ha, yeah that’s the artist – I should buy one of those but I want it with our logo.

          • 1977ChevyTruck

            Yes, that would be ideal.

            Speaking of stuff with Redusernab logo, is there any chance of the decals and T-shirts coming back into stock?

            • Jeff Glucker

              Working on it.

              I have some decals I’ve ordered as a test run from a company and they came out pretty great so stand by. The t-shirt front is a bit different, there will be news on that soon.

              • 1977ChevyTruck

                Sweet. I’m looking forward to it!

  • CraigSu

    Decent used XFs can be had for low-mid twenties now. Decent used XJs are going in the mid-thirties and up. Low mileage supercharged V8 models are still less than the base price for the XE. I just couldn’t bring myself to buying a new XE and I like more interior room than it offers. I do like the consistency in the design language though.

    • Maymar

      For what it’s worth, I drove the XE and XF back to back last summer (one of those manufacturer-run parking lot things), and in those circumstances, the XF made its extra size and weight well known (admittedly, I believe it was an XE R-Sport versus a more standard XF, so suspension was probably a factor as well). Admittedly, on a day-to-day basis, the extra space is more beneficial, and I’d be lying if I still didn’t find a $20k-ish XF very tempting.

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