STATUS: Updated for 2020 and turbo-diesel and supercharged V-6 engines are gone - The compact XE four-door sedan is a close match in size to the BMW 3 series. That means it also has a similar-sized (tight-fitting) rear bench seat. Those in front, however, are treated to first-class accommodations, with well-bolstered seats, plenty of standard luxury/comfort accessories and a full suite of dynamic-safety technologies. For 2020, the XE is treated to a new front-end design and interior trim, plus a dual-screen infotainment system. Now that the fuel-frugal turbo-diesel and hard-charging supercharged V-6 have been round-filed, that leaves just the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to carry on. It puts out 247 horsepower in the new XE S trim, and 297 in the optional R-Dynamic model. All-wheel-drive is optional for the S, but is standard with the R-Dynamic. It splits the front:rear torque on a 10:90 basis in normal driving conditions, but that can swing to as much as 90:10 as driving conditions and traction warrant. An eight-speed automatic transmission, which is also used by BMW and Audi, is standard for both XE versions.
Base price (incl. destination): $40,900
Type: Compact sedan
Engine (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4 (247/297)
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
Layout: Rear- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 25/34/28
Base weight (lb.): 3,400