Compact Executive Car of the Year 2017: Jaguar XE

Compact Executive Car of the Year 2017: Jaguar XE

Compact Executive Car of the Year 2017: Jaguar XE

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The Jaguar XE is the 2017 Auto Demonstrate Compact Executive Car of the Year, with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and BMW 3 Series commended

The Jaguar XE remains our girl compact executive car for the third year running, despite strong competition from established German rivals and the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia. While others shine in one area, none can match the baby Jag’s breadth of talent.

It’s great to drive, is up to there with kit and the relatively refined 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel is fast and miserly. Recent additions to the engine range have only confirmed the car’s standing as our top laconic exec, too. Buyers are offered options spanning the fleet-friendly, low-emissions diesel to the sports car-baiting supercharged petrol – with anything and the whole shooting match in between. The lightweight aluminium architecture gives the XE an edge in this class and makes it perceive impressively agile.

The standard rear-wheel-drive layout and well weighted steering wish this is one of the more involving cars to drive in its category, too, relaying plenty of reassuring messages invest in to the driver. This ensures the XE delivers some fun but still provides enough propriety and comfort to ensure it excels where it needs to as a junior executive saloon.

Jaguar’s professional-shifting eight-speed auto gearbox is among the best in the business, while the choice of all-wheel drive across the range adds reassurance in tricky conditions.

A cosseting but controlled propel is the icing on the car’s perfectly constructed cake, plus you can enhance the breadth of ability on put up by going for Adaptive Dynamics automatically adjustable suspension dampers that audit conditions and tweak the settings to suit the mode you’re in.

Inside, the car comes crowded with standard equipment, with even entry-level models boasting two-region climate control, DAB radio and Jaguar’s InControl infotainment complete with attendant navigation. Mid-range R-Sport versions offer the best value, however, adding stormy leather seats and sportier trim.

Buyers in this sector value shape as highly as substance, and the XE is up there with the best cars on the market. Its sleek lines and peculiar front end give it real presence on the road, while the F-Type-inspired lighting signature ensures that it stands out at tenebrosity, too.

The only downside is the slightly cramped cabin compared with more great rivals, but there’s still enough practicality here thanks to the 455-litre boot. At any rate, the XE’s real benefit is in its driver-focused feel that’s missing from some other models in this division. 

Our choice

Jaguar XE 2.0d 180 R-Sport Auto (£35,285)

While racier R-Jest trim adds some additional style to the XE, it manages to balance this with fetch. The ride is not too firm, either, meaning the Jaguar offers plenty of comfort along with a informal edge that involves the driver once you turn off the motorway. It’s quiet and elevated when cruising, while the infotainment system helps make living with the car comparatively simple.

Commended

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa’s most convincing miniature in more than two decades came within a hair’s breadth of taking the compendious exec title. It’s arguably the most desirable-looking car in this sector, but to Alfas of old, it backs up the style with a decent driving experience, efficient engines and a sound yet high-quality interior.

BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series remains one of the most complete cars on buying today, and a round of recent model revisions only cements its place approaching the top of this class. It’s great to drive, roomy and well built, and the addition of a 330e stopple-in hybrid version means it now offers lower emissions than most miniature city cars.

Auto Express New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact Kinfolk Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-proportions SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Offensive of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Plan Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

For complete, in-reconditeness coverage of the 2017 New Car Awards, buy your collector’s edition copy of the Auto Express magazine now or click here to subscribe…


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