New Jaguar XE reaches European Car of the Year final shortlist
The Jaguar XE is Jaguar's first in-house developed small executive car, but has already beaten some of the best cars around Europe to reach the final seven of the European Car of the Year (ECOTY).
From the initial longlist of new cars from 2015, the ECOTY judges whittled the cars down to the 7 finalists, with the results coming on - appropriately, considering Jaguar's 'leaper' emblem - the Leap Day of 29th February 2016.
The panel of judges from leading magazines around Europe, including the UK's Autocar, assess the vehicles on categories like technical innovation, environmental requirements, performance, safety, comfort, driver satisfaction and value for money.
It's little surprise that the XE has reached the shortlist then. The clean-sheet design uses Jaguar's new Lightweight Aluminium Architecture, which contributes to improving not only vehicle dynamics and fuel efficiency through lighter weight but also enhances safety with the increased strength and stiffness of the body structure.
With the new Ingenium diesel engines, the Jaguar has class-leading CO2 emissions from just 99g/km. Four wheel drive is now offered on the XE, along with the revolutionary All Surface Progress Control system that acts as a low speed cruise control on low friction surfaces.
Together with classic Jaguar qualities of reliability, build quality, owner satisfaction and a high quality ride, the XE also boasts class-leading residuals and the lowest running costs of any Jaguar. A recent five star safety rating from Euro NCAP gives the XE the full breadth of qualities that the ECOTY judges are looking for.
In the final round of judging, each of the 58 judges has 25 points to award to a minimum of 5 of the 7 finalists, with a maximum of 10 points to any one car and no joint top marks.