Video: 2016 Jaguar XE S review (POV) on PDriveTV

We’re currently testing the 2016 Jaguar XE S sports sedan, which comes with the company’s cracking 3.0-litre supercharged V6. How does it go? How does it handle? And, more importantly, can it fend off the tough rivals from Germany?

2016 Jaguar XE S

Before we put together our usual in-depth written review and performance test video, we’d thought we’d give you a bit of a preview of the new beast. It is a beast too, with its 250kW V6. In fact, it is currently the most powerful flagship mid-size premium sedan, excluding the M3 and C 63 AMG outright sports cars.

On first impressions, it’s a spectacular vehicle. It handles like a dream, with really solid grip and stability at all speeds. The eight-speed auto is a also a delight in manual mode with the paddle shifters. Best of all, it’s a Jag, so it’s comfortable, refined, and of course very stylish.

What don’t we like? The auto transmission calibration isn’t perfect when running around town, and the cabin is a tad confined compared with the German rivals. But most of all, why isn’t there a bi-modal exhaust option? Maybe there’s an ‘XE R’ in the works that will bring that? We’ll have to wait and see.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.