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Over the weekend I saw this Jag XE with a for sale sign and was intrigued. After all, I don’t need two trucks and have a general plan of pairing the Pajero with something fun and modern to drive to work. Reading up on these, I thought it might be an interesting test drive but with a relatively low likelihood of me actually being interested in owning it.

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This car is a 2017 XE 25t with 52k, Black on black and tan inside, no accidents, all the records of dealer service since new and being sold by the original owner (who is still very much emotionally involved with her jag) asking $18.5k.

The reviews are correct in that the interior on these is nice enough, but in no way particularly special like the cats higher up the food chain. However, even with only the 240hp 2.0 turbo 4, this kitten is fantastic to drive. Paired with an 8-speed ZF auto and an aluminium chassis weighing in at 3300lbs, the baby jag is quick enough. The real magic is in the torque vectoring rear diff and the jag suspension. These are seriously good through a corner while riding like a c-class. Great steering feel, awesome turn in, and the torque vectoring does the good magic as you roll back on the throttle at turn-in.

A much more spirited than planned test drive had me grinning like a little kid at car I didn’t expect to rustle any jimmies. After about half an hour of poking around the under bits, it seemed like it could be a lot of interesting driving-to-work car for about $17k. The owner accepted my offer. Pending a few details, I think we’re going to trade money for paperwork on Thursday morning. I really wasn’t planning on replacing the F-150 so soon...

Illustration for article titled Very much liked test driving a thing.
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I drove it and looked it over during the day, but the only pictures I took were from the night I spotted it.

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