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The BMW 3 series has been leading the pack in the sub 50 lakhs category for a while since its launch. But now with the launch of the all new Jaguar XE with its subtle changes on the exteriors and with its new interiors that are just as brilliant as its competitors I’d like to ask this question yet again - “Does the Jag have what it takes to rule the segment?”. I didn’t want to bring the Mercedes C class as the car is just not sporty enough for my liking. I feel the driving dynamics offered by the Jaguar and the BMW in this segment is far better than the mercs ( for someone who loves driving the car). So what are your thoughts regarding this? Or is there any other car that is worthy for the title? PS : How does the service networks and its service plans compare against each other?
Video Link: The Video Starts of with a build up; Then the XE is reviewed on Driving performance, Handling etc... The model im driving is the top spec Portfolio 25t i.e. 2L 237 HP, 340 NM petrol. Other Key Observations; - Though the engine specifications are similar to my 328i (N20 engine) But my BMW is much faster. Firstly the 328i has a factory quoted 0-100 km/h of 6.1 secs (also some websites and articles have quoted 5.9 secs) compared to this Jag's factory quoted 6.8 secs. - This engine is actually Ford derived 2L Ecoboost & might be replaced with Ingenium petrol engine. - Engine note is sweet when revved hard, but the exhaust should have had some more fruity note (Likewise in 328i i needed an exhaust upgrade to make the car sound good) - Infotainment system is improved compared to XF & XJ but still not as good as iDrive user-friendliness. - Spare wheel is a space saver. - Battery is in the boot just like BMW's. - Boot Space at 455L is smallest in the segment (BMW 3 series, Audi A4, Merc C Class are all at 480L) also it is a bit narrow because of the boot hinges. - Headlights are regular HID whereas competition has started offering LED now also no fog or bumper lamps on the XE. - No space for bottle storage in front doors. - Though there is leather on top of the dashboard but surprisingly there is no leather on top of instrument cluster & feels Plasticky (cost reduction measure ?) - While operating paddles the car in manual mode i did not know how to get back to regular D mode, Hence i had to go to S mode and then switch back to D. Whereas in a BMW if you have used the paddles & are not in sport mode (gearbox to the left) the car will automatically come back to D mode after some seconds. - Operating the buttons on steering felt better than the ones on the dashboard. - Inspite of so much of Aluminium usage the XE is weighing 1548 kg whereas the BMW 3 series weighs only 1505 Kg. - My brother 6ft 1"(taller than me) sitting at the back while shooting the video was always complaining about the limited space, also the hump in the floor making things difficult for the middle passenger as well. - Front center armrest is not that comfortable and feels a bit too hard, more cushioning would have been welcome. - Driving Modes (Jaguar Drive Select) gets Dynamic, Normal, Eco & Winter modes. Not sure what the winter mode does, Can anyone with more experience with Jaguar clarify this ? - Globally the car gets Heads up Display, the portfolio missing out on the HUD is disappointing. - The car gets many Cameras which is a good thing - There is a regular reverse camera, 360 Degree View, Front bumper has 2 intersection cameras placed on the sides & then there is one in front as well placed on the grille above the Jaguar logo. - Both trims get the same alloy wheel design. IMO the portfolio which is pricier by 7L deserved better looking rims to differentiate it being the top model (18"ers would have been nice too) Hope you guys like it, Enjoy !