The Jaguar XE has been crowned Auto Express Compact Executive Car of the Year title for the second year running. This is its 47th major global award, and highlights the impact Jaguar has had in the premium compact executive sector. In fact, before the XE’s arrival, the last time a non-German manufacturer won Auto Express’ Compact Executive title was more than a decade ago. Credit to Jaguar for putting Britain back on the radar!
Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: “To win the Compact Executive Car of the Year for a second year in a row just proves what a special car the XE is. Since it last won, we’ve seen brand new rival models from our competitors, but the XE’s mix of desirable styling, incredibly low running costs and engaging handling has ensured it has come out on top again. It’s really disrupted the premium executive class, not only for awards wins but also for sales both in the UK and across the world.”
Using Jaguar’s advanced Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, and high-tech Ingenium engines, the XE is the most efficient non-hybrid car in its class with fuel economy of up to 75mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 99g/km.
As a result XE has contributed to the doubling of Jaguar’s share of the corporate market since its introduction, and disrupted the premium executive market in a way that no other competitor has managed. Earlier this year it picked up the Game Changer award from Britain’s oldest motoring magazine, Autocar, for setting new standards and defying conventions by turning the established order on its head.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express, said: “There’s no doubting the Compact Executive award is one of the most hotly contested, but the Jaguar XE just stacks up every possible way you look at it. It’s stylish and luxurious, but it’s also a joy to drive and makes a great deal of sense to fleet buyers, too. The XE disrupted a run of more than a decade of continuous German wins in this category, and it’s going to take something very special to topple it.”