I bought my first moderately good performance saloon 12 years ago - a 3 litre V6 Ford Mondeo ST220 - and realised how much fun driving was - with power and precise control. But as the ST aged and collected the inevitable car park dents, I had to start searching for a replacement. Strangely, there wasn't anything similar for under £40K until Jaguar announced the XE - perfect performance, perfect size, perfect driving aids and perfect prices. So I ordered a petrol 240ps Portfolio on viewing day last March and its due in mid-July - and my confidence in buying on sight was justified during a test drive last month. Light and accurate steering, smooth and even auto gears, perfectly positioned instruments, satisfying interior styling and, of course, that magnificent Jaguar bonnet. It's a dream - I think I was born to drive an XE.