I am now into my 9th month with my 2016 previously Jaguar owned 2.0 Litre diesel XE sport that I purchased with just 3900 miles on the clock. I use it daily for going to work but still absolutely look forward to driving it every day and always take a moment when I have started her up to just sit quietly, look around the inside and enjoy where I am before setting off. The colour is stunning. It is painted "quartzite" and depending on the height and bright of the sun, can look anything from silver to copper to sparkling gold. It has a black glass sunroof, tinted rear windows and 5 spoke diamond finish wheels. It is the only car I have ever owned where random people have approached me in car parks and commented on how lovely it looks. However, many years ago I did have a Yugo 55 which did solicit comments of derision and people spontaneously bursting out laughing as they walked by so I feel I have experienced both ends of the general publics car appreciation spectrum.
I have had a couple of issues that my dealer has sorted swiftly. The washer bottle sensor failed saying it was empty when full and on two occasions after being parked for several hours it suddenly started weeping copius amounts of water from underneath somewhere around the nearside headlamp. The dealer first told me that they thought the headlight washer may not have sat properly back in its seal. Second time they said they couldnt find anything and asked if I thought it was the air con' ? I don't have a clue but as I write it is all working beautifully.
Otherwise, just a couple of complaints or maybe one observation and one plea for guidance.
I have a Springer Spaniel and every opportunity she has to jump into a stinky pond or muddy ditch she, without any hesitation takes. My Spaniel loves to be covered in crap. Likewise my XE, no matter how much I try and avoid puddles and keep out of the verges, manages to cover herself in spray and mud. I fear that I will wash the paint off as I seem to be cleaning her daily. Sometimes twice.
The other and actually important issue is that I mainly drive in "eco" mode as I only travel 8 miles to and from work each day but often when I am trying to pull away she takes a moment to respond. It is not just pulling away from standstill either as when I slow right down for example to turn right into a road and then put my foot down to get going again, she expresses herself in a way that would do Edvard Munch proud. If I push the peddle down hard, she sits screaming for a second or so before much seems to happen and then wails along for a sufficiently embarrassing amount of time sort of stuck in low gear before at last chaging up at which point she takes off like a stone from a catapault. Not what I would call responsive or for me as a driver, intuitive. Even in Dynamic mode she does not exactly snap into motion seemingly needing a moment to decide what gear she should be in.
This is the first automatic car I have ever driven and when Jaguar gave me an automatic F Pace courtesy car, also diesel, it seemed much more responsive. I wondered if this is normal or is there something wrong with either my car or my ability to drive it.
Any guidance would be appreciated.
I prefer sport by myself and drive in comfort setting if the family are loaded up. I think that the gearbox has to suit a variety of engines so can I am sure be a bit of a compromise with some. I note that with the higher power of my car then the eco mode makes changes a little variable whereas in sport mode ot is all very slick indeed including down changes.
It does not sound like a fault but a matter of chhosing which setting suits you. My car also lets you individually tailor the settings (sharper engine, softer suspension, faster gearchanges etc) so that is also a benefit. I really like the auto system as it does also remember how you drive and tailor certain settings. Not sure if the Jag system does but maybe worth asking then you know that if you persevere it will 'learn' you style of driving.
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I have the 2 litre 180 hp R sport. I am getting used to it but there is still the issue of pulling away. Once up and running it is fantastic but it is the initial push that seems to suffer a lag. I am going to my first Enthusiasts" meeting in a couple of weeks. Hopefully there will be someone there I can talk to. If not then I guess it is back to the dealer to check that it is doing what it is supposed to.
The F Pace was actually an E pace, (sorry A typo) with the same 2 litre engine.
Following your advice, I have practiced using the gear change paddles and have been using different modes, eco, normal, Dynamic & sport and am now appreciating the differences. I tend now to stick with eco driving to and from work or pottering around A and B roads but every now and then when the road suits and traffic is quiet I switch to Dynamic or Sport and the fun really does happen. No more sluggishness pulling away. I get pushed back in the seat when accelerating, I love how when you come out of a corner and put your foot down I feel like it will take off. A couple of weeks ago I had to drive from my home in Kent down to Lewes in E. Sussex. The roads were incredibly clear and I had my best outing in her since I bought her in March last year.
My joy and enthusiasm has not reduced in the slightest.
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