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Segment: Compact
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Production years: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

While it was no match for the German competition formed by the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class AMG, the Jaguar offered a good balance between luxury, performance, and price.

Jaguar developed the XE as a direct competitor for the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The carmaker offered it with gasoline and diesel engines, with rear- or all-wheel-drive. It was a premium compact sedan that had something for anyone, but there was the last piece to complete the puzzle: a sport version. And that was the XE300: the last piece of the puzzle.

From the exterior, the XE 300 Sport didn't look too much different than its siblings. It didn't feature any screaming for attention wings, or massive spoilers—only a small badge on the mesh-grille at the front and a slightly different front bumper. A small lip-spoiler was added on the trunk lid, but that was available for the rest of the range from the options list.

The interior featured sport-bucket seats with the XE Sport lettering embroiled on the headrests. Its black leather with contrast stitching was fitted as standard, an option that was not available for the rest of the range. But from the exterior, it was hard to notice that.

While the exterior tried to fly under the radar, the drivetrain was a different story. Jaguar dropped the inline-four Ingenium gasoline engine. Its turbocharged 2.0-liter provided 300 hp, which were sent in all four corners via an 8-speed automatic transmission. That said, it offered plenty of performance and grip on loose surfaces, especially for a daily driver.

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JAGUAR XE 300 Sport 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0L 8AT AWD (300 HP)
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JAGUAR XE 300 Sport 2.0L 8AT AWD (300 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 8AT AWD (300 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1999 cm3
Power
220.6 KW @ 5500 RPM
300 HP @ 5500 RPM
296 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
295 lb-ft @ 1500-4500 RPM
400 Nm @ 1500-4500 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
155 mph (249 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
5.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
8-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.9 in (4671 mm)
Width
72.8 in (1849 mm)
Height
55.7 in (1415 mm)
Front/rear Track
63.1/63.1 in (1,603/1,603 mm)
Wheelbase
111.6 in (2835 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.3 in (109 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.9 cuFT (450 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.26
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3571 lbs (1620 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4872 lbs (2210 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
CO2 Emissions
157 g/km
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