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XE brings Jaguar style to compact sport sedan

Jaguar's all new XE model enters a crowded market of premium sport sedans, but it brings its own style.

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Jaguar introduces its newest model, the XE, as a competitor in the sport sedan segment. The XE is Jaguar's least expensive model.

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The XE seats five, although the rear seats have limited leg room.

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The hood of the XE looks a little longer than that seen among competitors, giving it a distinct Jaguar flavor.

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Jaguar offers the XE with three engines, a 2-liter turbo, 2-liter diesel turbo and supercharged 3-liter V6.

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The variants available are termed 25t, 20d and 35t, dependent on engine type, and all-wheel-drive is offered on the diesel and V6 versions.

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The hood bulges upwards a bit, possibly making room for an even bigger engine for an SVR version of the XE.

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This supercharged V6 makes 340 horsepower.

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The side graphic looks fairly conventional for this segment, betraying a conservative element to the XE's styling.

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19-inch wheels come standard on the XE R-Sport, but 20-inch wheel are available.

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The XE's all-wheel-drive system was originally developed for the F-Type, and automatically adjusts for rain and slippery surfaces.

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Lightly bolstered sport seats offer a good amount of comfort.

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Rear seats offer limited legroom.

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An available Meridian audio system comes with 17 speakers and an 825 watt amp.

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The XE's aluminum structure makes it feel light and stiff.

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The new InControl infotainment system shows up on a 10.2-inch touchscreen.

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