Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2008 Jaguar XK VS 2009 Dodge Challenger Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2008 Jaguar XK

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2009 Dodge Challenger

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XK Coupe are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Dodge Challenger doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The XK has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Challenger doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XK has standard Trac Dynamic Stability Control (TracDSC), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. The TracDSC then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. A skid prevention system costs extra on the Challenger. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study showed that skid control systems reduced single-vehicle car crashes by 30%.

The Jaguar XK has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Challenger doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The XK has a standard Reverse Park Control to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. This collision warning system uses radar to detect obstacles behind the rear bumper. The Challenger doesn’t offer a rear collision sensor.

Both the XK and the Challenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four wheel antilock brakes and traction control.

Warranty Comparison

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The XK comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Challenger’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The XK comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years 50,000 miles. Jaguar will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Challenger.

The XK’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Challenger’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XK for 1 year and 12000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Challenger.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the XK’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Challenger SE 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Challenger’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the XK have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Challenger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 27th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics which show that Jaguar vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

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The XK has more powerful engines than the Challenger:

Horsepower

Torque

XK8 4.2 DOHC V8

300 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

XKR 4.2 supercharged V8

420 HP

413 lbs.-ft.

Challenger SE 3.5 SOHC V6

250 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T 5.7 V8

370 HP

398 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T 5.7 V8

375 HP

404 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Road & Track the XKR is faster than the Challenger SRT-8 (automatics tested):

XK

Challenger

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.2 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.8 sec

7.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.1 sec

11 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111.9 MPH

109.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the XK8 gets better fuel mileage than the Challenger R/T (16 city/25 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the XK’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Challenger:

XK

XKR Portfolio

Challenger SE

Challenger SRT-8

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

15.75 inches

12.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13.78 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

The XK’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Challenger SE are solid, not vented.

The XK stops shorter than the Challenger:

XK

Challenger

80 to 0 MPH

204 feet

212 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

163 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the XK has larger standard tires than the Challenger (F:245/45R18 & R:255/45R18 vs. 215/65R17). The XK’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Challenger (F:255/35R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. F:245/45R20 & R:255/45R20).

The XK’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Challenger SE’s standard 65 series tires. The XK’s optional 255/35R20 front and 285/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Challenger SRT-8’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XK has standard 18 inch wheels. Smaller 17 inch wheels are standard on the Challenger SE.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the XK can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Challenger doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The XK has a standard continuously variable suspension system. Using sensors on steering angle, speed and other driver inputs, the shocks soften to improve ride, or stiffen when appropriate to aid handling on tricky roads. The Challenger’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The XKR Coupe handles at .92 G’s, while the Challenger SRT-8 pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The XKR Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4.4 MPH faster than the Challenger SRT-8 (69.4 vs. 65 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the XK’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Challenger SRT-8’s (33.2 feet vs. 37.5 feet). The XK’s turning circle is 5.7 feet tighter than the Challenger SE/RT’s (33.2 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The XK is 9.1 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the XK easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the XK Coupe is quieter than the Challenger SRT-8:

XK

Challenger

At idle

46 dB

49 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

70 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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With its convertible body style, valet key and remote trunk release lockout, the XK offers cargo security. The Challenger’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics Comparison

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When three different drivers share the XK, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Challenger doesn’t offer a memory system.

The XK’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Challenger doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The XK’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Challenger’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The XK has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Challenger doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The XK’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Challenger’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XK has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Challenger doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The XK has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Challenger only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XK has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Challenger doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XK also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The XK’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Challenger SE doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The XK has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Challenger has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The XK’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Challenger doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The XK’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Challenger doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the XK offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Challenger doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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