Buying a new car is one of the most exciting things you can do – perhaps after getting married, buying a house or doing an ill-advised naked bungie jump.
However, considering new cars are getting bigger with every generation, it’s a good idea to check your new purchase will fit with your lifestyle and, more importantly, in your garage.
The new Jaguar XE could be finding its way onto the drives and into the garages of countless executives over the next few years so, to help you decide if it’s right for you, we’ve put together a table comparing it to its main rivals – the Mercedes C-Class and the BMW 3 Series.
|Model||Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)||Turning circle (m)||Boot capacity (l)||Fuel capacity (l)|
|BMW 3 Series||4,624||2,031||1,429||2,810||11||480||60|
Dimensionally it’s a mixed bag for the Jaguar. It’s the widest by nearly five centimetres which should bode well for shoulder room in the cabin. It’s the lowest of the three, which will help it look the slickest, but taller passengers may find rear headroom is limited.
There’s little to split the three in terms of length (measured from the front-most point to rear-most point of the car) and wheelbase (distance between the front and rear wheel hubs). The Mercedes is the longest overall but has the shortest wheelbase in proportion to its length, the BMW is the shortest but has the longest proportionate wheelbase and the Jaguar sits between the two – longer wheelbases typically make a car’s ride comfier and leave more interior space.
Both the C-Class and the 3 Series match each other for boot space and tightness of turning circle with the Jag trailing on both counts. Though, with Jaguar’s promise to deliver “outstanding levels of comfort and spaciousness”, this could be down to the company trying to maximise passenger room instead.
Finally, the Mercedes carries the largest fuel tank by a small margin. Depending on your choice of engine this could give the Mercedes the largest range of the three. With Jaguar’s new Ingenium diesel promising 75mpg fuel efficiency and taxbusting 99g/km CO2 emissions – the Jag could reclaim the overall range title.
Us too – but, if you can’t wait till October to get your hands on an XE, then check out its accomplished rivals – the Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series. Or, if you can’t stomach the £26,995 price, take a look at the Skoda Superb – it offers executive car quality at family car prices.