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New Jaguar XE Petrol Review

Motor Trend India logo Motor Trend India 15-11-2018 Somnath Chatterjee
a close up of a car: MG 1020 © Motor Trend Staff MG 1020

If you want a fast petrol executive compact luxury sedan, there is only one and this naughty cat is it. While some of its competition is at the retirement home or some have sacrificed displacement or abandoning petrol for the time being, the XE is the only one being a fun to drive petrol luxury sedan. Jaguar has been changing its line-up of petrol motors and swapping the old petrol unit (2.0 turbo) for its cleaner and more efficient 'Ingenium' line-up of engines. The XE petrol, with this new all aluminium Ingenium motor makes 200 bhp and 247 bhp for the flagship Portfolio trim. In its tastier Portfolio trim, it is a very fast 0-100 km/h sub 7 second car- as you expect with 250 horses.

a car parked in a parking lot: MG 0970 © Motor Trend Staff MG 0970

However, even the mid-spec Prestige with 197 bhp and a 0-100 km/ time of 7.6 secs makes for a fast car. That said the one you see here is the full fat 250 bhp '25t'. It is, in-fact more powerful than the earlier petrol engine and more efficient. For the time being, forget the efficiency part as this car plants a big smile akin to a Colgate commercial. The key is how the XE is designed to be a sports sedan. You sit low with a cocooned driving position being surrounded by fragrant leather and a big steering wheel which juts out. It feels sporty. Start it up and this engine has subdued growl but on the move it feels quick. 250 horses do that.

a close up of a car: MG 0879 © Motor Trend Staff MG 0879

There is enough power and torque to propel you to high speed with an able eight-speed automatic transmission. Hook it up in the sportier modes and the growl grows louder and it is an immersive experience. It is quick that is apparent but it also involves the person behind the wheel. The steering should be a lesson to others on how to balance feedback with lightness. It weighs up and feels like an old school hydraulic unit yet at low speeds it is not cumbersome to use. Perfect.

MG 1059 © Motor Trend Staff MG 1059

Then there is the sophisticated driving experience with a real sports sedan vibe being filtered through. It feels light at its feet and eager when you push. You enjoy driving this car fast around corners. Yet, on the other hand, the ride is not very harsh at all. Amongst all this enthusiastic talk, the mileage was not tragic at all and gentle driving will mean double digit figures- unlike the earlier petrol XE.

a car parked in a parking lot: MG 0898 © Motor Trend Staff MG 0898

What about the rest of the car? It is the XE that has been around for a while but actually looks sexier now. It has the classic rear drive sedan look and it is a proper Jag with a mischievous smile all over its face. I would have liked bigger wheels though. Inside, it feels special with the way the swoopy dash cocoons you and the materials lavished are all top quality. The touchscreen is slicker now and also improved while the audio system is top class along with all the features you would need- and want at this price. A caveat though as the XE is not for the chauffeur driven with its low egress and ingress plus it feels a bit tight at the rear.

a car parked on the side of a road: IMG 20181102 111534 © Motor Trend Staff IMG 20181102 111534

That said at Rs 46 lakh for a fully loaded sports sedan with plenty of firepower, why would you not want to drive it? The XE separates itself from the Germans and at the moment is the most fun petrol sports sedan in India with a price that is easy to swallow.

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