Jaguar XE [240] R-Sport (2017)

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Overall: 6/10
Performance: 5/10
Exterior: 7/10
Interior: 7/10
Comfort: 9/10
Sound: 6/10
Price: 8/10
Running Costs: 10/10

Performance:
I had high expectations of this but was a bit disappointed to be honest. With 240HP I was hoping for more poke! 0-60 in 5.8 seconds which is sluggish compared to some other competitors. The gear changes are a little slow even in dynamic mode so needs some developing there.
I feel this car is built a lot more for comfort than for speed. But I suppose mainstream Jag saloons have never really been super fast.

Exterior:
Depending on which spec you get it varies massively. The one I drove was a fairly high spec so had some good features. Very nice colour and very nice rims. The new Jag style is very “with the times” compared to their old styles like the X and S type.
The main thing I like about it is the headlights, it gives it a more aggressive look which makes it stand out a lot more.
One thing I do not like is the adaptive cruise control. It adds a stupid background to the logo which makes the car look ugly, so I would spec mine without that!

Interior:
As with the exterior, the interior is a massive improvement on the old models but I think there is still room for improvement. It all looks very nice and fancy as the picture shows below but the technology needs some tweaking (especially the sat nav). One really cool feature this one has is the head up display which you may be able to see in the picture.

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Comfort:
Overall impressed with the comfort, very smooth suspension and gear changes. A much more relaxed environment than other cars I have driven. That is until the sat nav takes you down the wrong road.
I would stick this car in auto and cruise in it as it seems to be built for comfort rather than speed.

Sound:
Not the greatest sound from the exhaust but a damn sight better than a diesel! Exactly what you expect from a comfortable jag. You get a light more noise in dynamic mode with the windows open slightly. Ideally I would leave it in comfort mode and let the excellent sound cancellation do it’s thing.

Price:
One I drove: £32,000
Basic spec: £22,000
High spec: £40,000

Running Costs:
I cannot comment on the running costs for servicing and maintenance etc as I only had it for a short space of time.
For the time I had it the fuel economy was excellent (about 35mpg). But driving it sensibly and not stupidly then you should get over 50mpg. Tax is even better, costing only £20. And insurance for me is just over £1,000 which is pretty average for me, if not slightly cheaper.

Overall verdict:
I am not totally blown away by the car as it doesn’t seem to have a feature that jumps out at you (a part from the running costs which I don’t care too much about). I like the looks and the comfort but I don’t love anything about the car. Most things are good about the car and I would be happy to drive it for a long time but I don’t think I would ever own one.

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