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This is a discussion on 2018 Jaguar XE 25T AWD within the Domestics and Foreigns forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; On Saturday, I picked up my new daily driver - a 2018 Jaguar XE. I had been considering running the ...

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    On Saturday, I picked up my new daily driver - a 2018 Jaguar XE. I had been considering running the '10 Cadillac CTS 4 another 3 or 4 years as it has really been a good car, but the timing would have coincided with the intended replacement of our '07 Suburban. That was enough justification for me to put the Cadillac up for sale and pull the trigger on a new car. I generally purchase either pre-owned or wreck and rebuilds, but this time it was going to be something new. Around a month ago, we stopped off at Jaguar Harrisburg to look at the XE's and XF's. There were several XE's, but no XF's on the lot at the time. We chatted with a salesperson and he took us for a spin in a low mile XE. I declined the opportunity to drive and was content just being a passenger.

    I had no idea that the Cadillac would be sold to the first person I offered it to around 2 weeks later. That left us with one 4WD vehicle in the middle of this never ending winter - not smart, but we got by. Over the phone and computer, I picked out this Premium XE which has the cold weather package, all wheel drive, and the Meridian sound system. I plunked down a deposit and after a hassle free transaction drove it for the first time when I left the dealer lot Saturday morning. The car is super tight and all I can say about the handling is that it is truly a driver's car. The technology this thing has was a bit daunting for an old fart like me and it took me 3 times through the owner's manual to get a handle on everything. I downloaded the Jaguar App on my phone and now have a bunch of cool features for remote car control and monitoring. I am eager to try out the All Surface Progress Control next time the roads get nasty and once it is broken in will engage the sport and dynamic modes to see what it does.

    The 25T is the four cylinder turbo version with an 8 speed transmission that makes 247 hp at 5,500 rpm and 269 lb.ft. of torque way down low in the rev range at 1,200 rpm. It is 500 pounds lighter and over a second faster in the sprint to 60 mph than my Cadillac. The interior dimensions are a bit smaller, but for a little guy like me it is a perfect fit. I opted for a version without all the driver aid bullshit -- no lane keeping, automatic braking, adaptive cruise or any of that crap. I have no desire for a car with self-driving features built for today's age of short attention spans and distracted drivers. The ride is tight, quiet and very comfortable with a well laid out interior and controls. I am still getting accustomed to the touch screen and all that it does - it is our first car equipped with this feature. I did purchase factory splash guards which I mounted on Sunday and touch up paint. I also bought Weather Tech mats for the interior and have a trunk mat on the way for it.

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    As noted above, this is our first car with actual "connectivity". I have been enjoying the ability to download music to my phone through Amazon Music and then play it through Bluetooth. I have noticed though that sometimes my phone will automatically connect when I start the car and other times I have to go in and manually connect. Is this normal when a phone is paired to a car? I have also noticed that sometimes the infotainment system is up and running quickly and other times it seems to take a minute to light up the main screen and become usable. Other than that, it has been glitch free and operates instantaneously when I flip through all the different features.

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    your phone is dated if my memory serves me right... could be the reason for pairing problems

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    That absolutely could be the issue. And no, I refuse to upgrade. I do not need a phone the size of my briefcase.

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    Watch a How it's made show on Jaguar - Did you know that their aluminum bodies are not welded together? Held together by glue and rivets, no spot welds at all. It was an interesting process to watch.
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    Hope she holds together!

    The car actually "feels" lighter than the Cadillac.

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    The cool thing about it was the rivets. They flush mount so there's no rise to hide with body filler or have them stick out.

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    Bummed. The rear wheel flare on the rocker panels is taking a beating even with the splash guards that I installed. I ordered a 6" roll of 3M chip guard and applied a strip on each side last night. I will have to get some wider material eventually in order to extend the chip guard up to the body line between the rocker panel and quarter panel. Considering having Xpel applied to the front of the car but the only area installer is a business that I have zero familiarity with.

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    Is there anyone in the area that does vehicle wraps? I am sure they could apply it. Did you get to take the car out in the nice weather and really test it? I here you about the tech in cars today. It is much easier to find and turn a knob then find a function on a menu on a screen and try to push it while driving.

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    After watching some vids and applying the film on the rocker panels, it does not appear all that difficult to do. I would certainly attempt it myself before handing the car over to some unknowns. We're in the sticks of northcentral PA and there just isn't anything in our area.

    I have another 850 or so miles to go before we are done with the recommended break in. After that, I'll click it over to sport mode and play a bit. I did engage the rain/ice/snow mode yesterday during heavy rains and turned on the All Surface Information (ASI) screen to see what it would do. This mode put more power to the front wheels, dropped the torque down - especially when starting out, and softened the shifts. It felt way strange, but on a slippery road surface it is exactly what you would want from the car.

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    All that applying the film takes is some soapy water, a squeegee, and maybe a heat gun. With a little patience it can be done by anyone handy. The hardest part will be getting it to conform around any tight compound curves.

    Does the car have all season tires?

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    Yes, but they seem to be pretty grippy. Best recollection is that they are Continental ProContacts.

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