With so many options available, picking a luxury compact car can be a daunting task. While the ever-popular BMW 3 Series will be a top candidate for many buyers, the Jaguar XE has been closing the gap on its rival with its all-around excellence and great value for money. Both cars offer powerful engines, refined handling, outstanding ride comfort, and advanced tech and safety features, but the XE has the upper hand in many departments. Here is a look at the differences between the 2018 Jaguar XE and the 2018 BMW 3 Series.



Whether you choose the Jaguar XE or the BMW 3 Series, you have several engines to choose from. However, the former is a better choice if spirited driving is your cup of tea. Its base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 247 horsepower in the 25t trim and 296 horsepower in the 30t. The 3 Series' standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder, on the other hand, makes 180 horsepower in the 320i and 248 horsepower in the 330i.

Even if you opt for a V6 engine, you will get more juice from the XE. Its 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is rated at 380 horsepower, while the 3 Series' 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 puts out only 320 horsepower.

Both the Jaguar XE and BMW 3 Series deliver a smooth and composed ride in most situations, from urban commuting to long-distance driving. Nonetheless, the Jaguar has a number features that enable it to handle certain situations better. For instance, it is easier to maneuver in close quarters because its turning circle is 0.3 feet tighter than that of the 3 Series. In addition, it delivers better stability and body control thanks to its wider track and drift-compensation steering. The drift-compensation steering system automatically compensates for road conditions that cause the car to drift sideways, making it easier for the driver to keep it straight.

Safety and Security

The 2018 Jaguar XE and the 2018 BMW 3 Series are both equipped with many basic and advanced safety features, but the former has a few additional thoughtful features that can significantly enhance your safety. These include pretensioners for tightening seatbelts, driver alert monitor for detecting and alerting an inattentive driver, and an available cross-part alert system that warns the driver of vehicles approaching from the side.

Luxury and Convenience


The Jaguar XE also has a number of convenience and comfort features that are absent in the BMW 3 Series. It comes with a remote vehicle-starting system that enables you to start the car and turn on the climate control system from inside your house. In some of the higher trims, it has an easy-entry system that raises the steering wheel when you switch off the ignition or unlock the door. Additionally, the XE offers optional air-conditioned seats and power trunk.

The 2018 Jaguar XE costs about the same as the 2018 BMW 3 Series. Also, they do not differ a lot in terms of cost of ownership because of their similar fuel economy ratings. However, the Jaguar XE is a more worthwhile investment because it delivers better performance, safety, and convenience.

Make an Inquiry

Get Directions

  1. Hennessy Jaguar Atlanta

    3040 Piedmont Road. NE
    Atlanta, GA 30305

    • Sales: 404-738-5746
Loading Map...