Jaguar has unveiled the facelifted XE, which gets a rather significant update to both its styling and available technologies. The British sedan will continue to compete against others in its segment like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.

In terms of exterior changes, base models get a new front bumper with reprofiled intakes, which are highlighted by a wide “wing” in the lower apron. There’s also new LED headlamps that are sleeker in appearance, and continue to feature J-shaped daytime running lights.

Models with the R-Dynamic package will get a sportier front bumper with more prominent inlets compared to the pre-facelift example. There’s also a U-shaped “wing” to further emphasis the width of the front.

At the back, slimmer LED taillights have been fitted with new graphics within them, while a new bumper gets dual integrated exhausts on both base and R-Dynamic models. R-Dynamic models also get dark mesh detailing on the rear valence and alternative wheel styles available.

If the changes on the outside are a little too mild, it’s a different story with the interior. Big revisions can be found on the centre stack leading into the centre console, starting with a Jaguar’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that is already being used in the I-Pace.

The top display provides access to functions like the infotainment, navigation and media, while a 5.5-inch lower unit allows for dual-tasking and climate control accessibility with dynamic dials.

Also available is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and ClearSight, the latter being a rear view mirror that utilises a wide angle camera to provide an unobstructed view of the road behind.

Jaguar has also added Smart Settings, which uses artificial intelligence to learn the preferences of individual drivers and adjusts seat, mirror, audio and climate settings automatically.

Other changes include a full-colour head-up display, wireless charging for mobile devices and a new SportShift gear selector and JaguarDrive Control switch. The last two items are shared with the F-Type, and replaces rotary dial/multiple buttons setup found in the pre-facelift model. Even the steering wheel is new (taken from the I-Pace), and gets hidden-until-lit graphics on its controls.

A range of Ingenium 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines are being offered, all with a ZF 8HP45 eight-speed automatic as standard, with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive.

In the petrol camp, there’s the P250 that delivers 250 PS and 365 Nm of torque, while the P300 serves up 300 PS and 400 Nm. With AWD, the P300 is the quickest in the zero to 100 km/h sprint at 5.7 seconds, while the RWD version is 0.2 seconds slower. The P250 in both RWD and AWD guise shares the same century sprint time of 6.5 seconds.

The sole oil burner is the D180 that is rated at 180 PS and 430 Nm, and takes 7.6 seconds to complete the same feat as a RWD vehicle (AWD is 0.2 seconds slower). However, it offers fuel economy of as low as 4.9 l/100 km following the NEDC2, compared to the P300’s 7.3 l/100 km.