The Jaguar XE – Jaguar’s competition for the BMW 3 Series – gets updated for 2019 with cosmetic tweaks and bits borrowed form the I-Pace and F-Type.
The exterior titivations for the 2019 XE are relatively modest but include new LED tail lights and headlights with bigger holes at the front to make it look sportier and a new back bumper too, with R-Design models getting a bit more ‘sporty’ looking.
Jaguar look to have focused most of their attention on the XE’s interior though, with soft-touch materials abounding, extra storage and new veneers.
Jaguar has binned the rotary gear selector, which once seemed so cutting edge, and borrowed a real gear lever from the F-Type, with a new steering wheel from the I-Pace as well as the I-Pace’s twin screens and ‘Clearsight’ rear-view tech.
Engine options are the 2.0 litre Ingenium petrol with either 247bhp or 296bhp (that’s P250 and P300 in Jaguar speak) and a D180 diesel with 178bhp and a promised 57mpg. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and there is a 4WD option too.
It’s a decent makeover for Jaguar’s XE (although we prefer the not a lot more expensive XF), but is it enough to boost sales?