2017 Jaguar XE 35t AWD R-Sport Review: The claws are out

Things were not off to a good start in “Operation Impress the In-Laws”. The Jaguar XJ I had expected, and which promised ample long wheelbase accommodation for their legs, was no longer arriving; instead, Jaguar‘s brand new 2017 XE R-Sport, the automaker’s entry-level sports sedan and rival to the BMW 3 Series, was on its way. My extended family may not be especially swayed by brand cachet, but could the smallest Jag be too compact a kitty to keep four adults happy?

Jaguar has been on something of a reinvention kick over the past few years. A process arguably begun by the beautiful F-TYPE coupe and convertible, it’s seen new and more invigorating engines be clad in sharper, more beguiling bodywork, not to mention a welcome improvement in build quality and reliability.


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