2020 Jaguar XE Preview

Christian Wardlaw | Feb 27, 2019
FAST FACTS
  • Jaguar updates its entry-level sport sedan for 2020
  • Revised styling to give the car more visual presence
  • New interior with improved materials and new seats
  • Simplified powertrain lineup
  • Added standard safety features
  • Upgraded infotainment system

Introduction

Critically acclaimed for its driving dynamics, the Jaguar XE is a small sport sedan serving as the entry-level model to the automaker’s car lineup. It debuted early for the 2017 model year, and receives its first major freshening for the 2020 model year.

As a part of this update, the lineup is trimmed to P250 and P300 model series, the former offered with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and the latter offered exclusively in R-Dynamic S trim. Gone are the diesel engine, the supercharged V6, and the wild limited-production SV Project 8.

Exterior Features

To give the 2020 Jaguar XE a more “purposeful,” “assertive,” and “muscular” appearance, the company restyles the car’s grille, headlights, front and rear bumpers, and taillights. The standard lighting is LED, and features a more distinctive illumination signature as well as automatic high-beam headlights.

2020 Jaguar XE photo
2020 Jaguar XE

Larger aluminum wheels measuring 18-inch wheels across are standard, too, along with front and rear parking sensors. The P300 R-Dynamic S performance version receives sporty styling cues and unique wheel designs.

Interior Features

Jaguar says the XE’s interior is redesigned for 2020. Highlights include new seats with standard leather upholstery, a new steering wheel, and additional storage space. The door panels are reconfigured, materials are improved, and more of the cabin is wrapped in soft-touch materials.

Under the Hood

With the elimination of the diesel and supercharged V6, the 2020 Jaguar XE lineup is now comprised of the P250 and the P300.

Each one has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. In P250 models, it makes 247 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque, delivered to the rear wheels or all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The XE P300 comes solely in R-Dynamic S trim with AWD. Its 4-cylinder engine delivers 296 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, the automatic transmission includes paddle shifters, and the drivetrain is calibrated to provide better throttle response. Jaguar says this version of the car accelerates to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds.

Both the P250 and P300 swap out the rotary transmission dial for a new SportShift gear selector inspired by the F-Type sports car. New toggle switches activate the car’s JaguarDrive settings, which includes Comfort, Eco, Dynamic, and Rain/Ice/Snow driving modes.

Dynamic mode weights up the car’s steering, sharpens the throttle response, and supplies crisper and faster transmission shifts. A new Dynamic Handling Pack equips the car with Jaguar’s Configurable Dyanmics and Adaptive Dynamics systems, performance brakes with painted calipers, and a rear spoiler.

Safety

In terms of safety, the new 2020 Jaguar XE is equipped with a standard reversing camera, a lane keeping assist system, and a Driver Condition Monitor. That latter feature detects a drowsy or distracted driver and suggests a rest break.

Technology

Jaguar says the latest XE includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot accessible by up to eight devices at the same time.

As an option, Jaguar’s InControl Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is available. The same technology offered in the I-Pace electric SUV, this setup equips the car with a 10-inch upper dashboard touchscreen, a 5.5-inch lower dashboard touchscreen, and a 12.3-inch instrumentation display. Wireless device charging is also available, and in a Jaguar for the first time.

Additionally, new Smart Settings technology employs artificial intelligence to learn the preferences of different XE drivers, from their favorite seating position to their favorite types of music. A next-generation head-up display is also available, offering an expanded amount of information.

Like many other luxury automakers, Jaguar is offering its frameless ClearSight rearview mirror in the XE. It depicts an unobstructed video feed of what’s behind the car, based on what a roof-mounted camera is seeing.

 

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