Jaguar's new XE picks a fight with the Germans

Luxury British marque unveils handsome BMW 3-Series adversary

What's so special about the Jaguar XE?

It features a brand new aluminium architecture, which basically means all of the important underpinnings are fashioned from stiff, lightweight metal to improve performance, ride and handling. There is also a new range of four and six cylinder frugal engines that have been built from the ground up to produce less harmful emissions yet not affect typical Jaguar performance. 

Are there lots of buttons to fiddle with inside?

While the Middle East version of the XE comes absent of the James Bond-esque InControl system there are indeed still plenty of bells and whistles to get excited about. Customers will be treated to a laser heads-up display that projects high definition information, such as speed and navigational instructions, directly on to the windscreen. Said laser tech is not only meant to be clearer than those employed by rivals but the unit is also said to be a third lighter than competitor's systems.

BMW, Audi and Mercedes all do 'fiery' versions of their executive saloons, will the baby Jag keep up?

The entry-level engine on the XE is a pretty exciting 2.0-litre diesel, which is said to manage 75mpg and produce less than 100g/km CO2. But those looking to add a little spice to their morning commute should look towards the XE S model with its punchy 3.0-litre V6 pinched from the F-Type.

Surely that's going to be mighty quick...

The 0-62mph sprint will to be dispatched in 5.1 seconds and it's limited to a top speed of 155mph. But we're waiting for a XE RS model, which could get as much as 542bhp and properly face-melting performance figures. 

Forget investing in that Aston Martin DB9, true wannabe Bonds should be salivating over the XE as it arrives in showrooms if they really want to live the life of a gadget-loving super spy.


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