The Jaguar XE Shows Its Claws


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.