The XE is an athletic compact luxury sports sedan that's fun to drive, thanks to its quick, communicative steering and tight body control.
As is common in this class, it's a rear-wheel-drive car, but an all-wheel-drive version is available as well.
The 247-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine is responsive but a bit raspy sounding; it gets 25 mpg overall when coupled with all-wheel-drive.
The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly.
The ride is steady yet comfortable.
Interior quality, however, is not befitting the class or price, with some cheap touches and sharp edges.
The rear seat is extremely tight, and the infotainment system can be distracting.
Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard.
Updates for the 2020 XE include a new gear selector and infotainment system.
Diesel and V6 engines are dropped.