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Our fleet: Jaguar XE Portfolio 2.0 180 long term company car review - October 2016

Jaguar XE Portfolio 2.0 180
Jaguar

Review

It’s not been an auspicious start. Two days after taking delivery of the XE, and with 2,600 miles on the clock, a warning flashed on the display “diesel exhaust fluid quality detected”. I had 495 miles until the engine shut down.

Three hours at Marshall Jaguar and the issue was resolved. The AdBlue had been run so low that when it was finally topped up (before we received the car), the XE still issued the third and final diagnostics fault (two previous warnings had been ignored it seems).

The technician switched off the fault code and then I needed to undergo a 30-mile drive cycle to re-set the diagnostics. Now, thankfully, everything is back to normal.

While this was driver error rather than car, the question is why did the XE require a top-up of AdBlue after such low mileage? The answer, according to Marshall, is that cars are often not delivered to a customer with a full tank of AdBlue. 

We’ve heard this before. It explains why some vehicles require their first top up after less than 5,000 miles, but a second will see them through another 10,000. Fleets need to check their manufacturer partners’ policies on AdBlue to ensure they don’t encounter unbudgeted costs.

Our XE is the 2.0-litre i4 180hp turbodiesel. The Portfolio trim is the second highest spec and is priced £35,425 on-the-road, although our car has a number of options which boosts the price to £46,886. These include nav-pack (£1,125) and heads up display (£1,020). It’s unlikely that many of them would be fleet options – premium carpets (£105), mood lighting (£300), 40:20:40 split-fold rears seats (£430) and side-door treadplate illumination (£424), for example. Folding wing mirrors (£275) might pay for themselves, though.

So far the driving impressions are excellent: dynamic performance, sharp handling yet compliant chassis – it’s arguably the best in its class.

The automatic eight-speed gearbox returns 67.4mpg with CO2 emissions of 111g/km, 2g/km higher than the six-speed manual version, putting it in the bracket above for BIK. 

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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  • Rob Chisholm, Applewood Vehicle Finance Ltd - 14/11/2016 11:29

    I've had my 2.0d 180ps (manual) R Sport for 15 months now, and covered 19,000 miles ... to date I have had no AdBlue warnings at all.

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  • W R Young - 14/11/2016 14:24

    For clarity, please explain how the price of this Jaguar escalates from an OTR of £35425 to £46886 and which company carried out the gold plating in addition to the £3679 cost of specified options.

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    • Steve Briers - 18/11/2016 11:19

      The generous options (some a major benefit, some comfort, some non-essential) are: Ammonite grey - £636 18-inch alloys - £410 Pro Services and Wi-Fi hotspot - £310 (although I don't have a sim card so these cannot be accessed) Spare wheel - £150 Premium carpet mat set - £105 Interior mood lighting - £310 Adaptive dynamics - £800 Side-door treadplate illumination - £424 Heated and powerfold mirrors - £275 40:20:40 split fold rear seats - £410 Power convenience pack - £920 Navigation package - £1,125 Parking pack - £545 Heads-up display - £1,020 Electric 10-way seat adjust - £765 Veneer-satin grey figured ebony - £310 Heated washer jets - £445 Infrared windscreen - £445 Chrome grille chrome surround - £310 heated fron windscreen - £310 4-way lumbar - £240 Total options: £10,251

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