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I tried an XE 35t Prestige today, but I really want an XE S.

Apparently the only way to get the color I want would be to order.

I have a few questions
- If I went with the XE S, I would plan to order just the base XE S with no options. Is that OK or are there any must-have options?
- Is the suede a problem to keep clean? Not talking spills and such, just generally if it's a dust magnet. I figured they would be cooler in summer and cozier in winter.
- Dealer says if I order then nothing off MSRP, not even any incentives since those would only apply to cars on the lot. Is this a reasonable price?
- I am in California. Dealer says ordering will take 4-6 months. Is this accurate?

The 4 cylinder XEs don't excite. I'm a bit concerned I may be buying too much car. I currently drive a 328i M sport which I got for about $42K before TTL. This would be about $54K.

Anyone with an XE S here care to say if you're happy with it and what if anything you don't like. Just trying to do due diligence so I don't buy something I regret.

I'm still researching cars, so not 100% sure if I will bite the bullet yet on Jaguar, but if I did, then the XE S would be it. I think it's going to either be this or another BMW.

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I like all the options I have on our XE. I would option it out. If you're not trading in a car, look nationally and do the deal at the dealer who has your combo.
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The dealer checked nationally. Nobody has it. XE S is already very rare, so imposing color/option requirements makes is close to impossible to find.
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The dealer checked nationally. Nobody has it. XE S is already very rare, so imposing color/option requirements makes is close to impossible to find.
Did you check on cars.com for the car?
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Thanks. I wasnít aware of cars.com so I just checked it now. I donít see one that is specíd like I want it.

One more question. One of the old reviews I read mentioned the XE has an IR-rejecting windshield. Can anyone confirm that is the case? Is this true for the standard windshield or do you need the heated windshield option?
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Just replied in the F-type thread, where you asked the same question. My '18 25t Prestige has an IR windshield, and I don't think it's part of any package. There's a small area on each side of the rearview mirror where a toll transponder, etc. should work. I confirmed the transponder won't work in other areas, as I didn't know where to place it right after I bought it.
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I do not have the heated windshield, but neither my ez-pass transponder nor my Valentine One will work anywhere on the windshield except those two dotted areas next to the rear view mirror.
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Thanks for all the responses. Much appreciated.

Having done a bit of searching, it looks like most people that got the heated windshield on JLR cars don't like it. It also appears IR is standard. It's good to know about the issues with toll tags. I have one that I use occasionally. I usually stow it away and pull it only when needed, placing it over driver side dash. It looks like that wouldn't work with an XE. Fortunately, I think the toll booths take a picture of the license plate and as long as it's tied to a tag, they just charge the tag and there is no fine.
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Thanks for all the responses. Much appreciated.

Having done a bit of searching, it looks like most people that got the heated windshield on JLR cars don't like it.
I love the heated windshield and even more so on our Range Rover. If you live in freezing climate and the car could be outside during those times or you're driving in real cold temps; the heated windshield is worth every penny and then some.
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Thanks for sharing. I don't live in freezing clime (northern CA) and I have a garage, so no issues with freezing anyway. I like the idea of IR, so I was trying to find out how to get one and if it involved spec'ing a heated windshield, but that does not appear to be the case.

The concerns I heard about heated windshields were that the lines in the windshield can sometimes be visible/distracting/annoying. See, for example, this thread.
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Perhaps there are changes in newer models.
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The concerns I heard about heated windshields were that the lines in the windshield can sometimes be visible/distracting/annoying. See, for example, this thread.
Heated Windshield??? - Page 2 - Jaguar F-Pace Forum

Perhaps there are changes in newer models.
The lines are there, but hardly distracting or annoying. The are very thin, but closely spaced. I would order any car with it if offered. I wish double pane glass was an option.
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Just replied in the F-type thread, where you asked the same question. My '18 25t Prestige has an IR windshield, and I don't think it's part of any package. There's a small area on each side of the rearview mirror where a toll transponder, etc. should work. I confirmed the transponder won't work in other areas, as I didn't know where to place it right after I bought it.

Can you point out where you have yours. I can't get my IPass to work at all, so just wondering where exactly you have yours placed. Considering ordering the license plate mount one and figuring out how to attach it to the grill somewhat hidden if possible since I don't have a front plate.
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Not sure about IPASS, but for e-zpass you can get external tags that go above your front license plate.
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Not sure about IPASS, but for e-zpass you can get external tags that go above your front license plate.

Yes IPASS does as well. I don't have a front plate though. That's why I was going to check into some sort of grill mount or something like that. The license plate mount ones just use the existing screw holes in your front plate.
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Our EasyPass is just below the rear view to the right (passenger side). Never had an issue.
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I waited for the XES to be released to the states and I am quite satisfied. Depending on the color you choose the black out option for the darker colors looks amazing. I upgraded the Infotainment system and it does not disappoint. There are some bugs, but Jaguar has been working on correcting them. Nothing that really bothers me anymore after nearly a year with the car. I also opted for the illuminated sill plates which is a nice touch.

The only thing I find that is PITA is the velour around the doors which is a magnet for hair and other things. As to delivery I can only speak from experience and it took 12 weeks from time of order to delivery. Things have changed quite a bit since mid 2017 when Jag made the move to more of the 4cyl models.

All in all worth the wait and a real head turner.
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Thanks. Do you have suede seats or regular leather? If suede, would having leather seats avoid the velour issue?

I was planning on just the base car with no additional options or packages, white exterior, red interior (I am thinking suede unless it is hard to keep clean), carbon fiber trim (is it worth $810? ).

I have heard a lot of negative things about the infotainment but hopefully they will keep improving it. I don't listen to music very much in the car, and I tend to use my phone for navigation, so as long as it pairs to bluetooth and I can stream music, make calls, and hear directions from the phone, I'm good there.
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Can you point out where you have yours. I can't get my IPass to work at all, so just wondering where exactly you have yours placed. Considering ordering the license plate mount one and figuring out how to attach it to the grill somewhat hidden if possible since I don't have a front plate.
Haven't used mine successfully yet - didn't know where to hold it. The manual says the areas near the rear view mirror with black dots are where it should work. Haven't been through a toll since I read that.

And my 2018 brochure says the IR windshield is standard on all XE models, which you already figured out.
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The only thing I find that is PITA is the velour around the doors which is a magnet for hair and other things.



That's funny you mention that. I thought the same thing. I don't even have a dog, but you sure couldn't tell from that trim. Also noticed that a LOT of water gets into the door jamb area. Even had a detailer comment that he'd never seen so much water get into a door jamb.
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Can't comment on the suede seats as I have leather and it is quite comfortable and doesn't really get too hot. You really can't go wrong either way, it's just a personal preference.

The door jams and the water is a headache for me. It's a good thing that my dealer has a free full service car washes to get that covered. In the winter here in the MW it drives me nuts with all the salt that builds up, especially in the rear door jam.
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