A WIN­NER

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetimeextra - XE has style and qual­ity

At long last the Ger­man giants of Audi, Mercedes and BMW face a real Bri­tish chal­lenge in the com­pact ex­ec­u­tive class in the shape of the new Jaguar XE.

It seems that we have had to wait a long time to get be­hind the wheel of the XE – but it’s been worth the wait as the new XE re­ally means busi­ness.

It is Jaguar’s first foray into the sec­tor since it ditched the hope­lessly out­gunned X-Type - which was based on the old Ford Mon­deo - six years ago.

The suc­cess of the new­comer will be down to its mix of stun­ning looks with cues taken from the F-Type sports car, fru­gal yet pow­er­ful diesel en­gines and the feel­ing of high-end lux­ury thanks to its lux­ury leather-clad in­te­rior. These all add up to a pack­age that will ap­peal to pri­vate, fleet and com­pany car buy­ers.

Pic­tures don’t re­ally do the new Jag jus­tice. The de­sign team led by Scot Ian Cal­lum have made sure the XE has real pres­ence on the road. Jaguar is de­vel­op­ing a look that will ex­tend through the range and so the new model fea­tures wide, slim head­lights, an up­right grille and a low, sleek bon­net.

The J-Blade LEDS on the XE ac­cen­tu­ate the width at the front, as do the F-Typestyle rear lights. The low roof-line at the back gives the car a coupe-like stance adding to its ap­peal, with big wheels pushed out to the far corners. The in­side is sim­ple yet stylish, with a wrap­around fas­cia sim­i­lar to that on the XJ, which makes the car feel com­fort­ing in­side.

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