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.
ENGINE SPECS - 2.0L 8AT AWD (300 HP)
|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|
|Top Speed:||155 mph (249 km/h)|
|Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):||5.5 s|
|Drive Type:||All Wheel Drive|
|Tire Size:||205/55 R17|
|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)|
|Unladen Weight:||3571 lbs (1620 kg)|
|Gross Weight Limit:||4872 lbs (2210 kg)|
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
|CO2 Emissions:||157 g/km|