Compare the Jaguar XE in Houston, TX


See how the Jaguar XE stacks up against its competition in the luxury sedan segment

Let's be honest folks, growing up many of us had the dream of one day getting the chance to sit behind the wheel of a Jaguar car. The iconic English automakers vehicles have captured imaginations the world over, as it continually defies convention, and reaches to ever higher standards of luxury and performance.

Now with its latest installment, the Jaguar XE, it edges into territory previously held almost exclusively by European luxury sedans like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, which begs the question; just how well does this fresh entry from Jaguar stack up to established standbys in the luxury sedan segment? The answer, as it turns out, is pretty darn well. Despite being a newer entry into a largely established segment, the 2017 Jaguar XE stands out from the competition in a number of crucial aspects like performance, technology, and service.

 

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Compare the Jaguar XE to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class in Houston

To start, the Jaguar XE easily beats out high-end luxury sedans like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class on value alone. With the C-Class starting at a base MSRP of $39,875, it rings in much higher than that of the Jaguar XE, which sits comfortably at $35,895 MSRP. Yet despite having a much lower price point, the Jaguar XE delivers competitive power, getting up to 240 horsepower at the base engine model, while the C-Class only delivers 241 horsepower with its base entry at a markedly higher price point.

Compare the Jaguar XE to the Audi A4 in Houston

Moving on to the Jaguar XE's next competitor, the Audi A4, the question becomes not how much power each vehicle has, but how it leverages it. Now, whereas the Audi may boast slightly more horsepower, its base entry comes only in a front-wheel drive configuration, with the upgrade to all-wheel drive coming with a significant bump in price. But even with its all-wheel drive configuration, the Audi A4 is outmatched by the Jaguar XE's Intelligent Driveline Dynamics. Developed in-house by exclusively by Jaguar, the Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system optimizes torque distribution to automatically and dynamically adapt to road conditions.

In optimal conditions, the Jaguar puts up to 90 percent of its torque to the rear wheels, giving the vehicle that sporty feel that Jaguar has always been known for. However, in situations where traction decreases, the system can sense the change, and shift to 50/50 distribution between the front and rear wheels, or put up to 90 percent of the torque into the front wheels to help drivers deal with even harsh road conditions.

 
 

Compare the Jaguar XE to the BMW 3-Series in Houston

But with the lesser competitors out of the way, the Jaguar XE still has to stand toe-to-toe with what many would argue is the car to beat in its segment, the BMW 3 Series. Still, if the 3 Series is the German Goliath, the Jaguar XE is David with a sling aimed right at its crown. Though slightly cheaper across its range of engines and configurations, it is also markedly less powerful, topping out at only 320 horsepower to the Jaguar XE's 340 horsepower.

What's more, the Jaguar's design team has worked diligently to create a more athletic form factor to allow the XE to better leverage its power, especially when taking corners. In addition to the aforementioned Intelligent Driveline Dynamics system, the XE's lightweight aluminum alloy architecture gives the vehicle a lithe, agile composure, while the innovative Torque Vectoring by Braking system functions much like a slaloming skier, applying the brake dynamically to the inside wheels on a turn while putting more torque behind the outer wheels, allowing XE drivers to carve corners like the competition only wishes they could.