Across its 77 years in operation, few cars have become as widely regarded for their performance and beauty as Jaguar car models.
A hallmark of British class and sophistication since the first Jaguar car was produced in 1935, the company holds royal warrants from Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles for car production and has also been the ride of choice for various Prime Ministers.
Below you’ll find a brief history of the manufacturer as well as information on the current Jaguar car models.
A brief history of Jaguar
Swallow Sidecar Company formed
Jaguar can trace its roots to SSC: a motorcycle sidecar maker who soon branched out into developing bodies for passenger cars.
Rebrands as Jaguar Cars
With many SS cars bearing Jaguar as a model name, the manufacturer rebranded after World War II.
In 1966, Jaguar Cars merged with the British Motor Corporation to form British Motor Holdings (BMH). This was followed in 1968 with a merger with Leyland Motor Corporation to become British Leyland, which would in turn be nationalised in 1975.
Jaguar was spun off from British Leyland and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1984. This lasted until 1990 where it was aquired by Ford Motor Company.
Under Ford’s ownership, Jaguar never made a profit and the brand suffered. After years of mismanagement, Ford bundled Jaguar and Land Rover together to sell.
Tata Motors era
Ford formally declared that Tata was the preferred bidder for Jaguar Land Rover, and the manufacturers were sold for £1.7bn.
Confusingly, for those looking for an all-electric Jaguar, the E-Pace isn’t the one you’re looking for (more on that in a bit). Although, following a refresh in 2020, it was offered as a Plug-in Hybrid so we’re nearly there…
Originally revealed in 2017, the Jaguar E-Pace was the perfect blend of sports car inspired design and SUV practicality. With bold design details, from the side vents to the grille, the 2020 refresh didn’t alter the winning formula too much with updated bumpers, a new front grille and LED headlights being the main changes.
Instead, the biggest changes were reserved for the interior, with the major change being a new Pivi Pro infotainment system and an 11.4in touchscreen front and centre in the dashboard. The conventional dials of the old model were also updated with a new 12.3in driver display. Other clever new tech included a rear-view mirror-camera system, a 3D surround camera and a range of enhanced driver monitoring systems depending on the trim.
Even they aren’t the biggest changes though. Six out of the seven drivetrains offered by Jaguar are either mild-hybrid or PHEV, with the only exception being the entry level 2.0-litre diesel.
The PHEV combines a 200hp 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 110hp electric motor and is capable of travelling up to 34 miles on electric-only power. 0-62mph is a rapid 6.1 seconds too, making it the fastest option in the E-Pace range.
You may have trouble spotting the difference between the E and F-Pace, with the only noticeable difference being its slightly bigger size and… *squints at screen* slimmer headlights.
That’s been done on purpose to bring a uniformity to the Jaguar car models, with the lights themselves similar to those on the all-electric I-Pace. The grille is noticeably bigger over the previous model too.
As with the smaller E-Pace, the biggest changes are reserved for the interior and engine line-up. The cabin has been completely overhauled and now features a curved 11.4in infotainment which is touchscreen and offers smartphone mirroring.
Another noticeable change for the driver is the replacement of the rotary drive selector which has been replaced with a more conventional gear shifter.
The biggest changes come under the bonnet, with three diesel engines now featuring mild hybrid tech to improve economy and efficiency. Petrol models also feature mild-hybrid tech too, with the top of the range once again being the P400e PHEV model which produces over 400hp and can offer up to 33 miles of zero-emission driving.
Elegant and aerodynamic, the Jaguar I-Pace is a striking result of Jaguar DNA, FIA Formula E Racing technology and contemporary British design.
Arguably the jewel in the current line-up of Jaguar car models, there was a lot resting on the success of the I-Pace and as Jaguar’s first all-electric model it has really captured the attention since its launch in 2018. In fact it cleaned up at the World Car of the Year Awards, taking home the trophy for World Green Car, World Car Design, and the overall World Car of the Year winner at the 2018 New York International Auto Show: the first time in the awards 15-year history that one car has achieved a win across three categories.
Refreshed in 2020, the most recent updates to the I-Pace saw the inclusion of an 11kW (AC) on-board charger which can add 33 miles of range per hour for customers with a compatible wallbox. Over-the-air updates have also improved battery performance and increased range since its launch. That means it now has a real-life range of 235 miles according to EV Database.
The most recent refresh of the I-Pace was also the first to debut the Pivi Pro infotainment system which is now uniform across the Jaguar Land Rover range. New interior features also include a 3D Surround Camera system visible through the central touchscreen allowing a full view of the surrounding area and potential hazards when parking or manoeuvring.
Jaguar’s compact sports saloon is one of the most refined looking models on the road, with its muscular stance accentuated by its stylish presence. A wide grille, large air intakes and dynamic front bumper all emphasise the vehicle’s profile, while the rear bumper and the tail lights offer a chicane-style design.
The interior further emphasises its sporty luxury, with form-hugging seats and race car-esque steering wheel combining with the Jaguar SportShift Selector and Drive Control to accentuate the sporting essence of the XE. The centre-piece of the cabin is Jaguar’s Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, housed inside a 12.3in interactive touchscreen, with wireless phone charging also available.
A 2.0-litre turbo diesel is available across the range, producing 204PS of power, and is mated to a 48V mild-hybrid system which regenerates energy from braking. This helps take the combined fuel economy of the XE up to an impressive 57mpg. With the instant torque available from the mild hybrid system, this helps boost the 0-62 time to around seven seconds.
Only one petrol engine is available, on the XE R-Dynamic trim. This offers an improved 0-62 time of around six seconds, 300PS of power, and just over 30mpg.
All models in the XE range are mated exclusively to automatic transmissions and feature All Wheel Drive as standard.
A stunning combination of presence and performance, the Jaguar XF is available in both saloon and sportbrake car models.
The XF range features a lot of the same styling features as the smaller XE, namely its wide grille, large air intakes and dynamic front bumper as well as a restyled rear bumper.
The interior offers the same standardised features as the XE too, with the Pro Pivi infotainment system and 11.4in glass curved glass touchscreen featuring prominently on the dashboard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard, as is a wireless smartphone charger. A 12.3in digital display replaces manual dials behind the steering wheel too.
A new range of engines, including mild hybrid, combined with a host of driving technologies and a strong, lightweight bodyshell work together to deliver an agile drive. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is available in RWD and AWD with both mated to an automatic gearbox. The efficient diesel is also mated to the same mild-hybrid tech to offer a combined fuel economy of 51-56mpg depending on the spec.
Two turbocharged petrol engines are available in the Jaguar XF range, producing 250-300PS. The P250 model is available in rear-wheel drive only mated to an automatic gearbox, going 0-62 in 6.5 seconds. The most potent petrol, the P300, is available as all-wheel drive as standard and hits 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds.
From design and performance to handling and specs, the Jaguar F-Type is the ultimate model in the manufacturers range.
Available in coupe and convertible styling, the exterior is the epitome of muscular and assertive, with the clamshell bonnet, deep grille and slim LED headlights all giving the sports car a major road presence.
This presence is matched by its on-the-road performance, with the entry-level P300 RWD powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which offers 296hp via its automatic gearbox. The mid-range P450 features a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine and offers the choice of rear or all-wheel drive – both versions can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds and provide 450PS of power.
At the top of the range is the F-Type R featuring the P575 petrol engine. Offering 575PS and 700Nm of torque, this supercharged V8 only comes with AWD and automatic gearbox and offers exceptional performance of 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds.