2020 Jaguar XE facelift includes mild-hybrid engine

Jaguar’s rival to the BMW 3 Series gains extra technology and starts from £29,635

The Jaguar XE has been updated for 2020. Jaguar’s smallest saloon has gained a mild-hybrid diesel engine and the firm’s latest infotainment system, while the trim levels and styling have been tweaked.

A new 2.0-litre diesel engine is the biggest change in the engine line-up and it has mild-hybrid technology. The system can store energy that would otherwise be lost during braking and improve fuel economy and acceleration. This engine produces 201bhp and gets the car from 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds. It’s not only more powerful than the engine it replaces but more efficient too, with claimed figures of 58.5mpg and 127g/km of CO2 emissions.

Meanwhile, Jaguar has fitted its most up-to-date infotainment system called Pivi Pro, which replaces the ageing Touch Pro Duo system. A new 10-inch touchscreen is joined by a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and a second, smaller touchscreen that takes care of climate control functions.

The infotainment system now has its own battery, allowing over-the-air software updates to happen even when you’re not in the car. An integrated signal booster and wireless phone charging can be specified too.

The XE is an alternative to the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and Alfa Romeo Giulia but hasn’t been the big seller Jaguar was hoping for. The new engine and Pivi Pro touchscreen should add appeal, but a plug-in hybrid version would make it much more attractive to business users - the main market for this sort of car.

Perhaps in response to slow sales, the XE line-up has been slimmed down. There are now three trim levels to pick from, with ‘S’ acting as the entry point. SE and HSE sit above, and you can add an R-Dynamic Black option pack to the latter for sporty looks.

Read our Jaguar reviews here, or check out our guide to the best saloons you can buy now.

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