JAGUAR

This sexy cat is set to pounce on the BMW 3-series, which is currently the king of the jungle. Powertrains include a 280-hp turbo four, a 340-hp supercharged V-6, and a 180-hp turbodiesel, all with an eight-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The infotainment system is slow, relying too much on its touchscreen rather than actual buttons. The back seat is cramped and trunk space is lacking, but the XE’s fun-to-drive factor makes up for its shortcomings.