Next Green Car – Executive Car Awards 2015
Jaguar XE 2.0d – CO2 99 g/km – NGC Rating 36
The XE is a model that Jaguar has needed for a long time; a true competitor in the small executive saloon market to take on its German challengers. No pressure then for the new compact Jaguar. But the XE has delivered – and in a way that not only rivals the best in its class, but also retains a sense of Jaguar’s traditional strengths. That means offering a sporty drive but one that is also comfortable; it must be stylish, the cabin should be great to sit in whether you are in the front or back and – especially important these days – the engine needs to be flexible and frugal. Fortunately, the XE ticks all of these boxes, and with official CO2 emissions coming in at 99 g/km and a quoted 75 MPG (combined) returned, with its low running costs the XE will be a hit with private and business users alike. Priced from £29,775.
NGC verdict: “A true Jaguar, the new XE beats its rivals for style, comfort and fuel-frugality. A great driving experience combines with advanced engines to offer a superb – and very British – executive car.”
Mercedes Benz C-Class C350e – CO2 48 g/km – NGC 37
With the C350e, Mercedes has produced a high-quality plug-in hybrid model in the highly competitive compact executive market. The combination of 2.0 litre petrol engine and electric motor make for strong performance figures, both in terms of speed and economy. With a quoted 123 MPG (combined) and CO2 emissions of just 48 g/km (weighed combined), the C350e offers significant savings for those who can drive on electric over short-medium distances. While it might not match the economy of a diesel over longer journeys, the 350e will be an attractive choice for many who want a comfortable C-Class with electric capability. Priced from £38,270 including the government's Plug-in Car Grant.