What’s that, you say? That British automaker Jaguar isn’t quite capable of an exciting compact sedan? Well, things are pointing to the contrary.
Headquartered in Coventry, England, the Indian-owned luxury marque appears to have a delivered an impossibly sexy compact, the Jaguar XE, with head-turning design to match.
The prestige saloon class model is Jaguar’s latest salvo in a white-hot market space dominated by the likes of BMW’s 3-series, Mercedes’ C-class, and Audi’s A4.
At the XE’s launch, I loitered in the driver’s seat for longer than I should. For Jaguar fans, you’ll be glad to know that the XE is nothing like the X-type, which experts slammed as a glorified Ford Mondeo.
Even though the XE is an all-new model, built on a brand-new 2.0-litre petrol engine, it felt like a long overdue star-in-the-making from Jaguar. There’s a 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 engine that goes from 0 to 100 in 4.9 seconds.
Aesthetically, it felt like a beauty queen who went on a sabbatical, threw herself into a kale-heavy diet and hot yoga, and returned completely rejuvenated, with a much shorter skirt.
Its design was composed and understated with a deep, knowing confidence. Which certainly has not stopped some hardcore Jaguar fans to go, “Come, take all my money!” (The price tag starts from just below S$200,000. Yes, just below, at $199,999.)
For that price tag, you’re advised to soak in the trims of the XE. You’ll find that it’s adequately spacious, with an uncomplicated dashboard comprising of an 8-inch touchscreen, and a lovely weight to its drive.
It felt authentic, sophisticated, and made for younger hearts. It felt right. The claws are out from this big cat.