Jaguar XE ‘the most exciting new car’

A poll from motoring publication Auto Express has found that the Jaguar XE is the most exciting new car on the market.

The magazine’s website launched a poll asking readers to pick one of eight new 15-plate cars as the one that they thought was the most exciting, with the results showing a resounding victory for the Jag.

Going up against other popular choices like the BMW 1 Series and the Fiat 500X crossover, the XE stood head and shoulders above all of the competition, winning a massive 43 per cent of the vote.

Five-star verdict

Due to go on sale this April, the new XE has already impressed the Auto Express road testers, earning a five-star verdict in its first review thanks to its excellent ride and the efficiency of its engines.

Graham Hope, Auto Express deputy editor, said: “I’m not surprised that the XE is causing such a stir among Auto Express readers. It’s a hugely important car for Jaguar and the early signs are that it’s up to the job of competing with its German rivals.

“The new XE is by no means the only reason for car buyers to get excited at the moment, though. The range and quality of new cars arriving on the 15-plate is one of the strongest I can remember and with some great deals out there, it’s a fantastic time to be on the hunt for a new car.”

Back in February, fellow publication What Car? named the new XE the Best Compact Executive Saloon, officially declaring it as a superior car to even its closest German rivals.

Testing the XE head-to-head against its main rival, the BMW 3 Series, What Car? announced that it stood out from the competition thanks to exceptional running costs, generous standard kit and brilliant handling.

‘Better than a BMW’

Jim Holder, What Car? editor, said: “For Jaguar to come in and beat a well-established rival as strong as the BMW 3 Series first time out is a quite incredible result.

“The British car industry is currently booming – and after putting the XE through our exhaustive testing process back-to-back with the BMW 3 Series, we’ve no doubt that Jaguar is about to accelerate that success story.”

It was also predicted late last year that the XE would also beat its rivals when it comes to residual values, with the XE projected to retain as much as 45 per cent of its original value after three years.

According to valuation experts, a large chunk of its appeal comes from its new engine range, which makes the XE free from road tax and also reduces Benefit in Kind rates for company drivers.

Available to order now from Perrys dealerships around the country, the all-new Jaguar XE compact saloon is priced from just £26,995 for the entry-level model.