In terms of sales and service network, Jaguar lags behind its German rivals

Safety and After Sales Service – While the after sales network isn’t as great as its German rivals, the Tata-owned brand is steadily expanding and is committed to giving peace of mind to its customers. In terms of safety features, the XE Diesel gets multiple airbags, Surround Camera System (offered in the top-end Portfolio trim only), Start/Stop System, Torque Vectoring, Dynamic Stability Control with Traction Control, ISOFIX child seat mounts, Hill Launch Assist and Jaguar Smart Key System (keyless entry, offered in the top-end Portfolio trim only).

The XE Diesel makes for a good buy in the entry level luxury sedan segment

Verdict – The Jaguar XE with the addition of a diesel engine, becomes a more compelling package. The 240 BHP petrol version is, without doubt, one of the best cars in the segment but the diesel, although lacking the same levels of excitement, still manages to bring in the fun factor with its fantastic balance between ride and handling, not to forget more economical running costs. Factor in the current 3-Series is on its way out and you realise that the XE is currently the driver’s delight in the segment.

What’s Cool

* Understated yet sporty looks
* Fun to drive car
* Good balance of ride and handling

What’s Not So Cool

* Quality of plastics inside the cabin could have been better
* Diesel motor not as exciting as the petrol

Alternatives: Mercedes C-Class, BMW 3-Series, Audi A4 and Volvo S60

The rear seat in the XE is comfy but not for someone who’s above 5’10”

Jaguar XE Diesel Specifications

* Engine: 1999cc, 4-Cyl, Turbocharged Diesel
* Power: 180 PS @ 4000 RPM
* Torque: 430 Nm @ 1750-2500 RPM
* Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission
* 0-100 km/hr: 7.8 seconds
* Fuel Consumption: 13.06 km/l (ARAI)
* Fuel Type: Diesel
* Suspension: Double wishbone (Front), Multi-Link (Rear)
* Tyres: 225/45/17
* Brakes: Disc brakes (front and rear), ABS
* Safety: 7 Airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Hold Assist, TCS, ESP

Jaguar XE Diesel Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 4795 mm X 2075 mm X 1416 mm
* Wheelbase: 2835 mm
* Kerb weight: 1604 kgs
* Turning radius: 5.85-metres
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 56-litres

The F-type-like LED tail-lights add a hint of sophistication to the otherwise minimalist rear profile

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