2017 Jaguar XE 20d AWD Diesel Review

There is little doubt that the competition will stand up and take notice of Jaguar’s new 2017 XE 20d AWD Diesel. When we take a moment to reflect on the contributions that each has made to the industry, we find that Mercedes delivers high on luxury with BMW being the mogul for sportiness and Audi doing a fair job in both regards, but then our attention focuses on Jaguar’s new edition and find a solid contribution in all areas of the spectrum. Deserving of our full attention, a closer look at the highly anticipated AWD reveals why it’s making such a fuss in the auto world.

Major advantages

Jaguar’s new sedan is an all wheel drive that features a new design that maintains the full integrity of aesthetic appeal that we expect from the automaker. There are a few changes for certain and they’ve ended up being brilliant achievements that are moving the Jag forward in terms of performance and practicality. Don’t worry, it’s still as beautiful as ever. The luxury aspect is also left fully intact. No sacrifices have been made in the development of this new all weather vehicle that will get you where you need to go under inclement environmental conditions.

Luxury Sedan

The 2017 Jaguar XE 20d AWD Diesel has a strong resemblance the mini XF until you get up close and personal. It offers viewers clean lines with the Jag front end that resembles a cat, and drips with elegance. The interior is stylish and offers a cohesive flow of luxury and technology that is effective and attractive. It offers spaciousness for driver and passenger comfort as well as a few bags for extended travel. The trunk space is a little on the light side but offers room for luggage or groceries from the local market.

Handling and performance

Boosted steering provides the needed sensitivity for effortless driving and great control, particularly when it comes to cornering and lane changes. Smooth and easy are good ways to describe the handling. An occasional hiccup has been noted in the takeoff but the majority of them are smooth and tasteful. The diesel has been modified to limit the old noise of starting with clicks and clacks and replaced the starting mechanism with the convenience of a push button. It has the feel of a well balanced vehicle that handles precisely as it should maintaining smooth turns and straight lines. The stiffness of the ride is what you would expect in a luxury all wheel drive, but this has been kept in moderation. Needed corrections are minimal. The ride is sweet and supplies comfort, luxury and responsiveness in the right proportions.

Specifications

Now we get to the heart of the matter and find out what Jaguar has done to make this sporty luxury sedan such an amazing vehicle. We’ll leave the petrol engine out of the review for the time being and place our focus on the diesel version.

The I4 turbo diesel engine is a 2.0 liter that fires up quickly and has been modernized to offer a quiet start. Output of 180horsepower at 4000 rpm and 318 pound feet of torque at between 1750 and 2500 rpm. The eight speed automatic all wheel drive features a fuel economy of twenty four combined with thirty highway and twenty one in the city.

Pros

The new Jag offers hands superiority in handling, especially around corners when compared to the German competitors. It’s elegance and luxury are also right up there at the top with enviable aesthetics and riding comfort. It has all of the power that it needs to deliver on its promises.

Cons

There seems to be a little hesitation when accelerating. Although this is short lived and no more than a fraction of a second, it’s worth noting that it does exist. It’s’ nothing compared to the older diesels, but still something that you’ll initially find interesting and probably eventually become used to. Not a deal breaker per se but a part of the package with regard to the design.

The navigation system is highly functional but there is a learning curve associated with its use. In order to get it to function you’ll need to make a second confirmation of the address that you type in or it won’t respond. While some may find this to be a safety feature for avoiding programming an address in accidentally, it could also be viewed as an inconvenience. The matter could go either way, depending on our preferences for speed verses caution.

Pricing

The new 2017 Jaguar XE 20d AWD Diesel base price will be around $49,995. Additional options are available which could easily influence the total cost and spiral it upwards. here are the options which are available. The standard model does not come with these additions. Purchaser may have the option of choosing one or all of the additional features as follows.

Driver assistance package

This includes a safety package including a surround camera system for full view of the proximity that the car is in. Park assist an help you to get more challenging spots with greater ease. Also included in the driver assistance package are adaptive speed limiter; traffic sign recognition; adaptive cruise control that also features a 360 degree parking aid and queue assist for an additional $3200.

Technology package For an additional $2,700, you could also add an SSD based Navigation system featuring a 10.2 inch InControl Touch Pro; Meridian digital surround system for entertainment and sound and a navigation system that is connected via WiFi hotspot system.

Comfort and Convenience

This is another optional package for enhancing luxury aspects of the car. It includes front seats (climate) along with heated back seats, an electric sun blind for the rear window and a powered trunk lid for $2100. For an additional $550 you can get that in glacier white. There are also options for a black design package for $350 more and for a heated front windshield and washer jets.

Final thoughts

The 2017 Jaguar XE 20d AWD Diesel is a sweetheart of a car that offers just enough sport for its sedan form with all of the luxury and convenience that you would expect. Even the basic version is amazing. You can make any additions that you feel are necessary to complete the package for the ultimate in elegance and performance.


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