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Nearly new buying guide: Jaguar XE


If the XE is your first taste of a modern 2.0-litre turbo petrol, you’ll be surprised how quick and smooth the 197bhp unit feels. It’ll do up to a real-world 50mpg, too. The 237bhp version is more impressive still – punchier and even more hushed. If you don’t do the mileage, choose it over the diesels.

Because the petrols were the preferred choice of private buyers or desk-bound middle-rankers with a fatter car allowance, they tend to come in higher specs and with lower mileages. Hence prices start at around £13,750 for a 60,000-mile, 2016-reg 2.0i 200 Prestige auto.

In 2017, the four-pot engines were boosted by the arrival of a 237bhp twin-turbo diesel and 295bhp petrol. The V6 petrol went up to 375bhp.

Throughout, four-wheel-drive has been an option, although rarely taken up. That said, we found a four-wheel-drive 2016-reg 2.0d 180 Portfolio with 33,000 miles for £15,000. If you’re fresh out of a front-drive car, you might find four driven wheels comforting. What you’ll certainly find comforting is Portfolio trim’s Windsor leather seats. Very Jaguar.

BUYER BEWARE

Multimedia Check this works smoothly and without glitches. Bluetooth connection can be a problem. A software update should fix most issues.

Body Beware unsightly panel gaps and check the high-level rear brake light for condensation caused by poor sealing. C heck the windscreen for small cracks (there’s a theory the glass is on the thin side, so cracks more easily).  

Recalls There have been a handful ranging from fuel leaks to the possibility of the engine cutting out, so check they’ve been actioned. 

Interior Check you can live with the some of the low-rent plastics on pre-facelift cars.

Need to know

The warning ‘Mind the gap’ could have been created for the XE, whose panel gaps can be alarmingly inconsistent. Check those of the car you’re interested in to see if an adjustment will help or if it’s more serious.



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