Poll: Jaguar XE or BMW 3 Series?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Which European sports sedan would YOU rather own, the new Jaguar XE or a version of the longstanding BMW 3 Series? Can’t decide? Neither can we!

In 35t guise, the Jag in this heads-up comparison is powered by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that puts out 340 horses and 332 lb-ft of torque. For drivers that want more economy at the expense of performance, a pair of 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines are also offered, one consuming diesel, the other gasoline.

A responsive eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with the bent-six and helps all-wheel-drive versions of the car reach 60 miles an hour in just five seconds flat.

Furthering its accelerative prowess and impressive driving dynamics is a lightweight, aluminum-intensive architecture. This platform improves efficiency and provides a near 50:50 front-to-rear distribution of weight for optimal handling.

Focusing our attention on the BMW, the 340i model is hauled around by a 3.0-liter inline six. This “TwinPower” turbocharged engine is rated at a healthy 320 ponies with 330 lb-ft of torque, though these are likely very conservative figures.

As for transmissions, Bimmer buyers can choose either a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox or, as a no-cost option, a six-speed stick, which we love. All-wheel-drive models with the self-shifting transmission can reach mile-a-minute velocity in as little as 4.6 seconds.

So, that’s a quick look at these two thoroughbred sports sedans. The Jaguar XE and BMW 3 Series each have their own benefits, picking a favorite is not an easy task. Still, you’ve got to choose… so you can vote in our latest poll! If you need more information on each car, feel free to compare them directly right here.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Jul 08, 2016

    XE because double wishbone front suspension.

  • Ken Ross Ken Ross on Jul 08, 2016

    I'll be test driving the XE (both gas engines) next week and will know then! The F30 328 and 335 (haven't tried the 340) were quite nice, and I could notice the better steering feel of the 2016 3-series, but it was slight.