Jaguar has been stealing the spotlight lately with their new lineup, and their design language is some of the most cohesive out there. With one glance at that front grill, you instantly know it’s a Jaguar. But sometimes it can be confusing to remember which one is which when it comes to the sedans. With the styling and the names being so similar, it’s easy to mix them up. So today, we’re going to look at the difference between the Jaguar XE and the Jaguar XF.
The two cars are extremely similar, both in person and on paper. In fact, seeing them in person doesn’t always help to tell them apart either. You really need to see them side by side, or to drive them back to back. While they look nearly identical, the XE is actually quite a bit smaller than the XF. The easiest way to remember that is just to remember your alphabet. E comes before F, and the XE is smaller than the XF.
The XE weighs in at over 300 pounds lighter than it’s big brother. As any gearhead will tell you, weight is the enemy of speed. So dropping that weight means that the XE will accelerate, brake, and turn faster than the XF. Jaguar’s own specifications say that the XE is a full half a second faster to 60mph than the XF when both are equipped with the 2.0L turbocharged engine. A half a second is a lifetime once you’re at this level of performance.
That is not to say the XF is a slouch though. It still carries that Jaguar DNA, just applied in a different way. That extra weight is a trade-off of the added comfort. The XF is about a foot longer than it’s baby brother, and most of that is for the rear passengers and the trunk. As exciting as Jaguars are to drive, sometimes you just want to kick back, and let someone else do the work for you. In that instance, the XF is clearly the place to be. That extra space gives you plenty of room to stretch out and relax.
While the Jaguar XE and Jaguar XF share styling cues, they are definitely separate cars. Even though both are British sport sedans, they apply that idea in unique ways. The XE gives up a bit of utility for the sake of increased performance, whereas the XF gives up a bit of performance for the sake of additional comfort. Instead of trying to figure out which one is “better”, the better question is to ask which one fits your desires better. So come drive both of them, and see which one matches you the best.
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