Tame Geek Review | Jaguar XE 180 TDI R-Sport

Proof that our good friend, and regular ESM contributor, the Tame Geek will test stuff that isn’t made in Germany! Tonight he gives his thoughts on the new ‘baby Jag’ offering.

Jaguar XENow usually, most car reviews come with a plethora of clichés and when it comes to a review of the first actually baby Jaguar, it’s clear this is going to be a minefield of them. There’s also going to be a lot of comparisons talk but really, that’s what this car has always been about. How does it compare to class leader and the rest of the class?

Well, this is a TG review, so we shall use the tried and tested formula; what it is, then what it’s like to drive. The Jaguar XE in review here is the 180PS (178bhp) diesel with 8-speed gearbox in R-Sport trim. From what the Jaguar contact said, the Prestige trim is likely to be the most popular model for private buyers.

When you first clap eyes on the XE from the front, it is a bit tricky to tell it apart from its big sister, the XF. It’s really only when you move slightly round to the side and see the flanks of the car does its individual styling come to light. It’s even clearer from the back that the XE is its own car. In this segment of the market (are these really D-segment saloons now?) it’s typical that the lower price models can often look a bit cheap. Big tyres with small alloys, tacky trim and more blank button spaces than actual buttons.Jaguar XE


The XE is brand-new and, right now, Jaguar doesn’t need to make a basic version. With that the XE makes many statements, the first of which is that it’s no cut-down car. The styling on the basic model is good and the Prestige just adds a bit more too that. The R-Sport adds on this with a little tail spoiler and some bolder arches. Honestly, unless you really wanted the R-Sport’s sharp skirts, there’s no real reason to go for it. This car looks great in all its trims. It really goes to show just how much work has gone in to Jaguar design. The XE is not the XF, but they share DNA and unlike the Audis and BMWs of this world, the Jaguars are cars in their own right. I’ve been considering for some time since driving the car and spending time with the new XF, that really, I would be happy with either. It’s not like you get an A4 because you don’t make enough for the A6. If you chose the XE, pulling up in the car park and placing it next to an XF will not make you feel like an underachiever.

To sum up the external looks of the XE, it’s easily the best looking car in its class and were it not for the older sibling, would be the best looking car in the segment above. Really, I think the only thing that will beat the XE on looks will be the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, but that’s a hard call until I’ve seen it in the metal.


Team Sky Jaguar F-Type Stage 20 Concept – Photos and Video

Let’s cut to the chase – EngageSportMode doesn’t really do cycling. Too much Lycra; not enough internal combustion engines. However  we’re willing to make an exception to entertain another cool product from the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicles Operation team.

2014 Jaguar F-Type R Team Sky S20C 01

If you’re a cyclist, you’ve probably just got in from a quick “30k ride” and need a shower. But, before you do, here’s the lowdown on the one-off support vehicle Jaguar have built for Team Sky, to use on stage 20 of the Tour de France this weekend (Saturday 26th July 2014). Why for just one stage? Well, stage 20 from Bergerac to Périgueux is the Individual Time Trial.

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This means the teams bust out specialist Time Trial bikes for greater aerodynamic efficiency, so Jaguar decided to help with a more rapid bike transporter instead of the usual XF Sportbrakes used. Based on the F-Type R, the S20C comes with a 543 bhp supercharged 5.0 V8.

2014 Jaguar F-Type R Team Sky S20C 02It’s therefore going to be rapid, even with two bikes securely fastened into the custom-built carbon-fibre racking system. Jaguar has apparently undertaken high-speed testing to make sure the hideously expensive Pinarello Bolide TT bikes don’t fall off. Good to know. (more…)

News and photos – Jaguar F-Type Project 7

At last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar showed off a lightweight concept version of the F-Type Roadster. Public response was so good that they’ve decided to build it as a limited edition to showcase JLR’s new Special Operations team. Enter the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar.

2014 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 01

The overarching aim of the car is to show off that the recently formed Special Operations team is not just about sticking extra bits to regular Jaguars, but is about thoroughly re-engineering them. Project 7 showcases just that, with a fully road-legal roadster that adds power, reduces weight and gains retro touches over the regular F-Type.

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Most prominent is, of course, the aerodynamic fairing mounted on the rear boot deck which replicates the shape of the Jaguar D-Type racer. Project 7 celebrates the three Le Mans wins taken by the D-Type, whilst encapsulating the seven total overall wins the marque has had at the 24 hour race. If you’re wondering why the car wasn’t launched at Le Mans this year, it’s probably to do with the fact Jaguar wasn’t competing… (more…)

New Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake – Details and Photos ahead of Geneva Debut

No, it might not ever sell as many units as the Ford Focus, but a supercharged V8 estate car is still something to be celebrated. So here it is, ahead of its official Geneva Motor Show unveiling; the new Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake:

2015 Jaguar XFR-S Sportbrake 001

ESM will be honest and say this one took us very slightly by surprise. Jaguar was rather late to the party with introducing an estate version of the XF in the first place, so we really didn’t expect this given that the entire Sportbrake range currently consists of only diesels!  However, it’s here and as EngageSportMode is a lover of fast load-luggers, it’s something to be celebrated.

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The headline stats are virtually identical to the four-door saloon variant, but just incase you’re unfamiliar here’s a quick recap: (more…)

Jaguar C-X17 Sports Crossover Concept

You wait for ages for one performance crossover concept car, and then two come along at once. Whether it may be a necessary evil is a matter of personal opinion, but a Jaguar SUV seems likely – if it happens, expect it to look like this.

Jaguar C-X17 Concept 001

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Jaguar C-X17 Concept 003

In a world where Jaguar and Land Rover are held together in one company, you have to question just how requisite a Jag SUV really is. Surely no matter what the price point or specification, somehow it will be treading on the toes of either a Land Rover or Range Rover branded product. I have no doubt it fits into a strategy aimed at important world markets such as the USA and China where such vehicles are of significance – even Bentley wants in on the 4×4 action – but it still represents a radical departure from Jaguars of old. (more…)

Jaguar’s 25th Birthday Performance Present

To celebrate the 25 years Jaguar has been producing its R and R-S performance models, the Coventry company is unleashing three new ‘extreme’ versions on to the roads of the UK very shortly.

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The new models consist of a revised XJR limousine, the XFR-S saloon, and finally the extremely limited edition, previously US-only, XKR-S GT Coupe. All three share the same 5.0 litre V8 engine, fitted with a supercharger, boosting power to 545 bhp and a tyre-shredding 500 lb-ft of torque! Sending all this performance to the rear wheels will be a modified version of the ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox, tuned to give rapid but intelligent gearshifts. (more…)