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I probably started telling people that Jaguar is not a luxury German sports better than Germany's after driving XE. Which may be a little exaggerated. BMW has a lower sports, certainly had the luxury Mercedes, Audi and somewhere in the middle, but the new sedan is doing almost everything right.
This is a version of the all-wheel-drive, so if you're looking for 340i-style tail-out fun, you will not get it. But the existing steering, and power - at least off line-- there too.
The 2.0-liter diesel was faster when you press the start button pulsating and has very, very little of diesel clickity-clack sound old. Obviously the smell of old is long gone too. AWD XE takes off smoothly, after a hiccup, but stronger than red light, even if the power did not die a little when paddling through the gears at higher speeds. Torque remains smooth though, and if your feet are planted when using them shifter, which revs just risen from 3 to 4.
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steering encouraged but is sensitive enough that you do not need to change a lot to get around the corner. I basically just drove home from work and back, but in my normal commuting roads, and some curves in the group, it was just the right amount of weight, and does not require a lot of correction in the corners. It drove straight to die on the highway, but that was expected.
Like the XJ, XE feels quite stiff, maybe 6.5 or 7, but it absorbs bumps like something much softer. I tried to avoid a big hole, do not take the risk of a big wheel, but it's really close to a perfect blend of ride and handling. It may not be as stiff as the 3-Series, perhaps similar to the A4, which is competing in the segment.
It looks great, like a mini XF. Actually, from a distance you might confuse the two. The front end still manages to look sort of like a cat, though I could not tell you why. But the styling is super clean and elegant whole.
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Like the exterior, the cabin is clean, without a lot of crazy styling touches. I'm glad it did not have two large round vents like the XJ. Instead, it was just some work in the center square. Radio widescreen seems to fit with the others, and all of them are basically black on black. With me in front at 5'10 ", there seems to be enough room in the back of each other from me. Andy had a open baggage in our garage and it seemed a little smaller than I expected, so golfers should be careful. The AdBlue filler back there ... I want to know if that had to do with it.
I was excited to try the gasoline engine with more power, but as far as a small luxury sedans go, this is either at the top or near to me.