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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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Wayne Cunningham
Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET's Roadshow. Prior to the automotive beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine.
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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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