SPORTY JAGUAR XE ELEGANTLY OFFERS PLENTY OF STICK
Flagship XE S loads up on features — and an F-Type powerplant
It was US President Theodore Roosevelt who coined the phrase “speak softly, and carry a big stick”.
is Jaguar’s XE S sedan that puts that thinking into car.
From exterior, there is little to distinguish XE’s flagship from other models in the range.
The keen observer might note the bright red brake calipers (presumably because of maxim that if red cars go faster, brakes presumably stop quicker).
And there is an understated tricolour S badge down low on familiar Jaguar grille and, again, the boot lid.
But that does not tell you that the XE can do 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds because it shares the same engine as a
F-Type sports car — this case a 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol powerplant.
You gain sense of what it is capable when you lift bonnet and see the size of the engine — the engine cover alone looks size of a small coffee table and sound it makes when you accelerate in hurry is definitely out ordinary; not overly loud but a different note.
Perhaps that sense what was capable of was why my dad almost squealed the first time he saw the XE S sitting in his drive (no, did think it to keep) and again when we had enough a gap in traffic on Maroondah Highway to accelerate with any degree of force.
That is especially so when you work through the eight-speed gearbox using steering wheel paddles. The changes are slickest and quickest I think I have ever experienced.
“That’s flagship of XE range, that’s the top-end version with more features than other cars have got,” Rex Gorell Jaguar sales manager Mark Taubitz said.
“It’s got the highest level of performance — sharing that V6 supercharged three-litre engine with F-Type so that’s benchmark. “From there you’d go up into either
if you want something more sporty in or an XF if a little bit bigger and luxurious.”
It drives like F-Type, with which it shares the same double wishbone front end suspension that gives much more direct steering ride. And there are low-profile tyres on imposing 20-inch wheels, yet it doesn’t drive like a rigid race-car transmits every bump the road through the wheel and up your arms.
That ride is aided by Jaguar’s “torque vectoring braking”, which applies brake pressure to
inside rear while maintaining power the outside
wheel to help car pivot and