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InControl Touch Pro tech in the Jaguar XE: a big screen and a big disappointmentWe love just about everything about the 2017 XE... everything except the tech. Take a closer look and see why.
[MUSIC] Today we are taking a look at the technology in the 2017 Jaguar XE. We've got pretty high expectations for this one, so let's hop right in. [MUSIC] All of these advanced driver ratings systems that we'd like to see at this price point are available here. But if you check the right boxes, you can have your XE with adaptive cruise control that works with stop and go traffic, lane departure warnings with steering assist, and automatic parallel parking. It's a pretty good set of features. Now let's talk about the elephantine screen in the middle of the room. This 10.2 inch beast is Jaguar's in-control touch pro system. It's their upgraded navigation system that is web-connected. Has things like WiFi hotspotting and other connected features. The system is actually fairly well organized. I never really ran into an issue where I can't find something that I need thanks to this tile-based home screen and these shortcuts along the bottom. The problem is that a lot of times when I get to the screen that I want to get to, things don't necessarily work The way I want them to. For example the Incontrol apps allow you to take advantage of smart phone apps running on your device on the screen right here. And I've never actually got it to work properly despite installing the app on my phone and connecting via USB. Things that I do like however are the navigation system. It's bright, it's colorful, and once you have it connected to your in control apps account, it allows you to do things like see your favorites right here. And beam destinations from your smartphone through the internet into the dashboard. That's good because as far as I can tell there is literally no way to use voice commands to input a destination while you're driving. You have to test the screen. So, the stable ones that you have are pretty much gonna be your best bet for safety. What of my other issues is that this system does seem a little bit unstable, is smooth now but at least twice during this week is completely crashed to a black screen while I'm driving. No navigation, no entertainment, no nothing, and I had to pull over to reset the car just to get access to features like a back up camera, that's Completely unacceptable. My other issue lies with the 825-watt Meridian audio system that comes with in Control Touch Pro. It's supposed to be an audiophile grade system, but this example has a weird, rattler buzzing that I'm hearing coming from the door speakers, In about the frequency range of the human voice, which makes listening to podcasts or audiobooks extremely annoying. Now, I dunno if the person who had the car before me, blew the speakers out or if there's some sort of design flaw in the way they're made. But we either way, that sort of unreliability is unacceptable in an audio file system. Overall, my opinion on the technology in the Jaguar XC lines up with my opinion on the car as a whole. Everything that has to do with driving, those advanced driver aid systems work very well, but the sort of entertainment and luxury features here in the dashboard just sort of leave me wanting.