If you are thinking about replacing your company car and like the look and sound of the Jaguar XE then don’t expect it to be competitively priced. The XE 2.0-litre, 163bhp diesel will retail at £29k GBP which is roughly £1k more expensive than the similarly powered BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics, a key rival in the company car fleet market.
The Jaguar XE does have a trick up its sleeve, better styling and a lower C02 emissions rating, the entry level diesel manual emits just 99g/km making it a tax friendly proposition for UK business and potential private buyers alike. Non of Jag’s German rivals offer a sub 100g/km model.
The Mercedes C220 Bluetec SE is £1k cheaper but emits 104g/km but it is yet to be seen if the difference between the XE’s zero yearly tax is going to impact on the C Class’s £20 yearly tax bill and the three pointed, quite literally, star appeal.
Both Mercedes and BMW will introduce cleaner, sub 100g/km, tax friendly engines in the next few months and Audi will surely throw a spanner in the XE works when the A4 is replaced next year.
The XE also offers Ford era 2.0-litre turbo, petrol engines, entry level trim grades start at £26k and a 3.0-litre V6 supercharged version at £33k. Tuned power derivatives will also increase the range of engines. No hybrid version is offered just yet.
Jaguar will also introduce a twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel powerplant but have yet to confirm when it will be made available. The XE is built on an all new platform made up of 75 percent aluminium and it will underpin several new future products.
Production output of the new XE is predicted to double Jaguars global sales from the 76,000 it made in 2013 when sales start in 2015, estate and coupe versions are expected to follow in 2016.