Jaguar XE colour guide 2015

The Jaguar XE aims to take the company car fight straight to the door of the BMW 3 series. We’ve yet to see how it’ll perform on the road, but we’re already convinced by its swooping lines and air of typical Jaguar elegance.

You can already order your XE using carwow, so there’s no better time to start thinking about which colour to order yours in. We’ve pulled together all 18 available shades in one place so you can see how the XE looks in each colour.

You’ll notice that the wheels and headlights change as you scroll through the colours – Jaguar has gone to town with the alloy wheel and trim-level options, so we’ve tried to give you an overview of what’s available.

Which do you prefer? Let us know in the comments at the bottom!

Solid colours

There are just two non-metallic colours for the XE, and neither will add anything to the cost of the car.

Ebony black (£0)

There are few better methods of making a car look posh and – dare we say it – premium, than by making it black and shiny. Keep it clean and your Ebony black XE will look the part – let it suffocate under a film of grime and it’ll look less special. There are metallic versions of black available, but they’ll cost you extra.

Polaris white (£0)

We liked Jaguar anyway, but offering two of the most popular colours as no-cost options has surely made them even more popular with potential XE buyers (and company car fleet managers). This is a non-metallic white which looks silverish in Jaguar’s configurator image, but is pure and bright in real life. You’ll either think it looks thoroughly modern, or like a taxi.

Metallic colours

Metallic paints add small slivers of shiny metal to the colour, which means they shimmer and shine more impressively than the solid paints above. There are 16 metallic options for the XE, some of which are double the price of the others!

Ammonite grey (£620)

A stealthy dark grey that’ll hide the worst of British road grime, but won’t excite you when you open the garage door. We like the idea of ordering the top-spec 335hp ‘S’ model in this gunmetal and putting some surprised sports cars to shame.

Bluefire (£620)

The muted shade of blue you’d expect to see in abundance outside the local golf club – but pair it with some dark-coloured alloy wheels and we think it looks delightfully ‘mobster-chic’. Another one to keep spotless, but the rewards will be worth the effort!

British Racing Green (£620)

As sure as sunset follows sunrise, so Jaguar (or Land Rover for that matter) will produce a version of British Racing Green. The XE doesn’t escape the slightly dowdy association with the country’s motorsport heritage, but it looks pleasant enough – although it does undo some of the youth-friendly image the XE tries to create.

Dark Sapphire Metallic (£620)

This is a marginally darker and richer blue than Bluefire, and looks quite regal when offset by the XE’s chrome grille. Pair it with privacy glass (tinted windows, to you and me) and you’ve got what could pass for an MP’s chauffeur-driven limo.

Glacier White (£620)

This is the white to pick if you want a silvery sparkle under bright lights such as those you’ll find on a petrol station forecourt. Whether that effect is worth the £620 over the solid white shown above is up to you – but it’ll probably hold its value marginally better when it comes to sell the XE on.

Italian Racing Red (£620)

Say the name of this shade aloud and you’ll probably conjure up images of blood-red Ferraris streaking along Italian mountain roads under azure skies. Someone didn’t get the memo at Jaguar, and we’re left with a dapper-but-quiet shade of Merlot. It looks best in bright sunlight, when it lightens up and finally gives a hint of its Italian namesake.

Odyssey red (£620)

More subtle than Italian Racing Red – Odyssey Red appears to change intensity and brightness as it flows over the curves of the XE’s bonnet – it’s not as deathly dull as it looks in the Jaguar configurator image above.

Osmium Blue (£620)

This is definitely one to add to your shortlist of Jaguar XE colours – it’s a calming shade that treads a line between silver and light blue with aplomb. Catch it in bright sunlight and it’ll appear to merge between the two colours over the length of the bonnet. Opt for the F-Type-powered ‘S’ model and you’ll get the perfect Jaguar in sheep’s clothing.

Quartzite (£620)

Brown. It’s brown. A nice metallic version of the perennially popular shade, and we think it looks rather good on the XE’s small saloon shape. Naturally it’ll hide the worst of the seasonal road muck, meaning it could be the perfect choice for anyone wanting to look classy without having to wash the car every Sunday.

Rhodium Silver (£620)

Silver – you knew it was coming! Considering that Jaguar is aiming fairly and squarely at the company car market, a safe and resale-value-friendly silver was always on the cards. It’s a fairly light shade (certainly brighter than it appears above), and will keep the salesman happy when you come to sell your XE – your resale values should be solid.

Ultimate Black (£620)

Simply put, this is a deeper and more lustrous version of the solid black that you can get for free on the XE. This version costs £620 more, but you might think it’s worth the extra expense for that metallic sheen. Black is a pain to keep clean, however, and you’ll be surprised how easily it shows scratches. That said, it’s hard to look meaner than with a black car…

Black Cherry (£1,200)

The first of Jaguar’s so-called ‘Premium Palette’, Black Cherry is essentially a very dark maroon. Catch it in bright light and it’ll shine spectacularly with a hint of red, but under overcast skies it’ll mostly look black. Either way it looks incredibly sophisticated, if not jaw-droppingly exciting – your wallet may not be such a fan…

Celestial Black (£1,200)

Continuing the theme of expensive not-quite-black shades, Celestial Black is actually blue. A very dark blue that looks black under anything other than bright lights, but so subtle you may wonder whether it was £1,200 well spent. Perhaps best reserved for those lucky enough to drive under Californian sunshine rather British murk.

Ingot (£1,200)

An oh-so-subtle blend of gold and silver, Ingot lends the XE a real debonair look that harks back to the old days of the Jaguar brand. It’s less golden in person than in the shot above, but we’d still recommend seeing it in the flesh before forking out £1,200 more for it.

Storm Grey (£1,200)

Used on many of the first F-Types to devastating effect, this is a beautiful blend of dark grey with a hint of brown. It’s a rich colour that really changes as the light shifts. Whether it’s worth £1,200 is a question only you can answer, but check it out in person if you can.

Tempest Grey (£1,200)

Lighter than Storm Grey, Tempest Grey is tougher to recommend over many of the cheaper colours on offer, but it will likely hide grit and grime while giving a liquid metallic effect when spotless.

See how much you can save on an XE

Use carwow’s configurator to build your ideal XE, or take a look at our in-depth XE preview for more information about Jag’s upstart.