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New Jaguar XE: almost purr-fect

The new baby Jag, the XE, isn’t due to hit our showrooms until May, but early – very positive – reviews have started appearing in the press.

Based on the “first drive” articles I’ve read, Jaguar has a hit on its hands. More so considering the range starts at a competitive £26,995.

Even driving pre-production examples of the executive sports saloon, it’s clearly more than a match for its rivals, which include the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Infiniti Q50.

Here’s what some of the motoring press have had to say…

  • CAR magazine said: “It’s the most-important new Jag in decades is brimming with potential. Its competitors won’t be a walkover, but the XE feels ready to take on the world.”
  • Auto Express gave the Jaguar XE 5/5. They liked the “excellent ride/handling balance” and said it was “company car tax friendly”, but had reservations about “limited rear space” and “small-ish luggage capacity”.
  • Jason Barlow GQ article was headlined: “The new Jaguar XE will make you cancel your BMW order.”
  • Motoring Research concluded: “The new baby Jag is, on first evidence, set to take the fight to BMW and Mercedes-Benz in a hotly-fought sector, finally giving the brand world-class clout.”
  • Autocar said: “When full-production cars arrive we’ll know whether the XE is competitive or outstanding.”
  • Auto Trader had a couple of niggles: “Small issues with build quality and refinement may be ironed out in the finished production cars, but the infotainment system and practicality are all that prevents it from sweeping straight to the top of the class.”
  • Finally, the verdict of What Car?: “There are certainly bigger executive saloons available for similar money, but none handles as sweetly as the Jaguar XE. It’s also good value as a company car and has strong resale values, so is a fine choice.”

All in all, very positive. I’m hoping to get behind the wheel of an XE soon too and, of course, I’ll keep you posted.

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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