The cabin feels really premium and sporty thanks to the black upholstery

Interiors – Step inside and the XE’s cabin spells luxury in bold letters. The interiors feel quite premium the moment you enter in it. And that instant feeling of being in an upmarket car is the change you are likely to notice the most. The previous XE had a nice cabin too, but with richer materials, visually appealing elements and more equipment, this new version takes the game forward.

The facelifted XE gets a conventional gear lever instead of the rotary knob

The quality of materials give you a sense of luxury as soon as you enter the cabin

There are many other noticeable changes in here. The new steering wheel looks quite interesting and feels great to hold. Ergonomics, in general, are spot on. The seating position is a bit low but that is how it should be a sedan. The seats are quite supportive and we like how everything is within an easy reach. Some people may find the deletion of a pop-up gear selector a bit of a bummer but we prefer a good old stick for a ‘driver’s car’ which Jaguar has offered with the facelift.

The XE gets electrically adjustable front seats with three memory settings

The XE is available in only two variants, S and SE. Standard equipment is quite strong as you get an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control, 10-way electric front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity features and a 10-inch Touch Pro infotainment system as standard. Top-spec SE variant adds other goodies such as wireless charging, Ebony veneer finish, and driver seat memory amongst others. The updated infotainment system is a joy to use with great graphics and intuitive touch interface. The digital instrument cluster is excellent too giving you a host of details in clear, legible font.

While the front seats feel sporty, the rear seats feel very tight

The biggest drawback of the XE are the rear seats which are not very spacious and can only accommodate two people

The cabin of the XE is a little tight. Front passengers won’t find a problem but the rear passengers may complain about the headroom. The less width means the backseat is best left for two. Quality, however, is genuinely impressive, giving you that typical feel-good factor you expect from European cars. We are pleased with how well Jaguar has polished the interior of the XE. They’ve improved in key areas and this cabin feels closer to the likes of the BMW 3-Series than ever before.