Jaguar's all-new XE entry-level sedan debuted on U.S. soil at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This is the first time we've seen the XE in person, and it put one of my concerns to rest that there wouldn't be enough distinction in size between the compact XE and midsize XF considering the XE looks like a slightly smaller XF. Experiencing the XE's extreme compactness up close put that concern to rest.
Perhaps I thought the XE would be larger because its design and proportions are so similar to the XF and full-size XJ four-doors. The XE's interior is quite compact with tight proportions that provide a coupelike interior experience similar to Mercedes-Benz's CLA-Class and Audi's A3. That doesn't mean uncomfortable, however, considering I had just enough room — I'm 6 feet tall — up front and in the backseat, though any extra room is nonexistent.