The Jaguar XE has been named the 'Safest Large Family Car' by crash safety testing body, Euro NCAP.

Jaguar's biggest-selling car, the XE was awarded the title after scoring highly across all of the NCAP safety categories.

The XE earned a maximum score in the side barrier impact test for adult occupant protection, giving the model an incredible 92 per cent overall total in the category.

Jaguar XE © Jaguar

A number of standard safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking helped the XE secure the title, excelling in categories such as safety assist, pedestrian protection and child occupant protection.

Secretary General at Euro NCAP, Michiel van Ratingen commented on the award: "Euro NCAP gives top honours to the Jaguar XE which offers the highest levels of occupant protection and avoidance technology, and rewards the XE as Best in Class of 2015 in the large family segment.

"Euro NCAP particularly congratulates Jaguar for making all important Safety Assist features standard equipment."

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Not only renowned for its safety qualities, the XE also has an impressive fuel economy, can reach a top speed of 132mph, and can accelerate from 0 - 60mph in just 7.9 seconds.

The compact executive car was launched just nine months ago after being revealed in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show.

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