Jaguar XE review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Overall the XE is a very cost-effective executive saloon to buy and run
All Jaguar XE models are powered by 2.0-litre engines that have been developed with one eye on economy and efficiency. Naturally, the most efficient engine in the range is the diesel: combined economy figures sit at 46-50.7mpg for the rear-drive version of the D180 and 41.6-46.4mpg for the four-wheel drive model. NEDC-equivalent CO2 emissions sit at 130-132g/km for the rear-drive model and 138-142g/km for the four-wheel drive car.
The rear-wheel drive P250 is the most efficient of the two petrol models with figures of 33.3-36.2mpg and 159-160g/km. The more powerful P300 is the thirstiest with a combined fuel economy figure of 30.5-33.6mpg; CO2 emissions sit at 167-170g/km depending on wheel size.
The XE compares favourably with most of its closest rivals, but the ever-dominant BMW 3 Series still offers a better balance between running costs and performance, especially in 318d form. It nearly matches the XE P180’s performance despite a 30bhp power deficit, while its 109g/km of CO2 and 53.3-55.4mpg average fuel economy figures comfortably better those of the Jaguar.
It’s a similar story at the top of the range too: the XE P300 can’t compete with the BMW 330i’s performance/economy balance. The BMW produces 254bhp – 42bhp less than the Jag – yet is just one tenth of a second slower to 62mph. Its 40.9-41.5mpg economy and 134-139g/km emissions are notably better than those of its XE counterpart.
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Car group tests
Company car users will pay a 30 per cent BiK charge in 2019/20 and 31% in 2020/21 for an entry XE D180 S, versus 29 and 30 per cent for an equivalent automatic BMW 318d in SE trim. The top-spec P300 petrol attracts a much higher rate, with the R-Dynamic HSE version topping out at the maximum 37 per cent charge – by comparison, a BMW 330i M Sport attracts a 30/31 per cent charge.
The Jaguar XE starts in insurance group 26 in D180 guise and climbs to group 33 for the top-spec P300. For comparison, the BMW 3 Series sits in groups 28 to 32, depending on which specification you choose.
Every XE comes with remote central locking, an alarm and an engine immobiliser, as you’d expect, but the cost of parts and labour for accident repairs means insurance costs are suitably premium.
Our experts predict that the latest Jaguar XE will hold on to around 40 to 43 per cent of its value come trade-in time after 36,000 miles and three years. Again, the industry-standard BMW 3 Series beats the XE here – the saloon is expected to hold onto around 43 to just over 45 per cent of its value over the same period.
In this review
- 1Jaguar XE reviewThe Jaguar XE is a small saloon that delivers a fine balance between performance, efficiency and luxury
- 2Engines, performance and driveGreat to drive yet very comfortable, and despite a narrow engine choice overall there should be something for everyone here
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingOverall the XE is a very cost-effective executive saloon to buy and run
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith smart looks inside and out, and one of the best multimedia systems out there – the XE is designed for the cutting edge driver
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceGreat ride quality is tempered by a cabin that lacks space compared to rivals, and the boot has a similar issue
- 6Reliability and SafetyFive stars from Euro NCAP and plenty of standard safety features make the XE safe, though reliability is currently unproven