There are perhaps few bigger tests of a junior executive saloon than the great British family holiday. For our long-term Jaguar XE, that came with a long weekend at Center Parcs in Suffolk.
Three generations of the family were going, so we needed two cars. So while most participants were loaded into the family Ford S-Max, I was tasked with taking my grandparents in the Jaguar. I was impressed with how well the XE swallowed our luggage, but at 455 litres, the XE’s boot is some way behind that of the BMW 3 Series. The load bay slopes upwards, too, meaning some clever packing is required to get everything in place.
With everyone on board, we were surprised by the spaciousness of the XE’s cabin, although it is a little dark without the optional panoramic sunroof. For £1000, it would really brighten up the interior.
All passengers also commented on the clarity of the XE’s 8.0in infotainment display. By default, it displays a home screen that shows the outside temperature, current location, phone connectivity and audio information in a single display, with separate screens for more in-depth data accessed by touchscreen or via buttons. While the system can be slow to respond at start-up, it is dependable and easy to use. Crucially, it has never failed to find a destination.