Is there anything interesting about its design?
Amazingly, the Jaguar XE is fast approaching its fourth birthday and the car’s clean and restrained exterior design still turns heads.
Its macho mesh grille and gently tapered headlights combine to create a suitably snarly, feline expression and signature details like the curved LED bar in the tail-lights add a subtle tip of the hat to the all-time classic E-Type Series I.
Introduced locally in late 2018, the 300 Sport treatment brings ‘Dark Satin Grey’ elements including the grille surround, side window trims, exterior mirror caps and rear spoiler, while the inner sections of the standard 19-inch ‘Style 5031’ alloy rims are finished in ‘Satin Technical Grey’. Black 300 Sport branded front brake calipers peek through the ‘split-spoke’ design, and ‘our’ test car’s ‘Santorini Black’ finish adds an extra level of sinister appeal.
The interior is similarly refined with the latest driver information and multimedia displays subtly integrated into a simple and precise layout. Piano black surfaces along the centre console and around the ventilation controls and media screen combine with etched alloy highlights and high-quality leather to create a superior feel.
Our example featured the optional 12.3-inch digital ‘Interactive Driver Display’ screen ($670), housed under a gently curved binnacle lid and able to scroll through configurable instrument displays, nav maps, driving data, vehicle status, and more.
The 10-inch ‘Touch Pro’ colour multimedia screen in the top of the centre stack manages phone, nav, and media functions as well as vehicle settings and reversing camera vision.
The Sport 300 design treatment continues inside with yellow contrast stitching on the (300 Sport badged) steering wheel, seats, door insert, and front centre armrest. The brushed metal front treadplates are 300 Sport branded as are the front headrests.
Overall, the emphasis is on efficiency and comfort rather than over-the-top luxury. Forget walnut and Wilton carpet, this Jaguar moved on long ago.