Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2010 Jaguar XF VS 2010 Dodge Charger Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2010 Jaguar XF

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2010 Dodge Charger

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XF 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 Charger has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The XF 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 Charger doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XF has standard four wheel antilock disc brakes for quicker stops and controlled steering ability, especially under poor traction conditions. Antilock brakes cost extra on the Dodge Charger.

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

The XF has standard parking sensors to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of their vehicle. The XF also offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Charger doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The XF’s optional blind spot warning system uses rear-aimed sensors monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Charger doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the XF and the Charger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners and height adjustable front shoulder belts.

Warranty Comparison

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

The XF 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 Charger.

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

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF 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 Charger.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the XF’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Charger SXT 3.5 SOHC V6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Charger’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 XF have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of some of the engines in the Charger.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar first in reliability. With 80 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 22nd.

Engine Comparison

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The XF has more powerful engines than the Charger:

Horsepower

Torque

XF 4.2 DOHC V8

300 HP

310 lbs.-ft.

XF Premium 5.0 DOHC V8

385 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

XFR 5.0 supercharged V8

510 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

Charger SE 2.7 DOHC V6

178 HP

190 lbs.-ft.

Charger SXT 3.5 SOHC V6

250 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

368 HP

395 lbs.-ft.

Charger R/T 5.7 V8

372 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the XF’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger:

XF

XFR

Charger

Charger RT/AWD

Front Rotors

12.83 inches

15 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.83 inches

14.8 inches

12.6 inches

12.6 inches

The XF’s brakes have 50% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Charger with its standard brakes (774 vs. 515.2 square inches), so the XF has more braking power available. The XF’s brakes have 40% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Charger RT/AWD (774 vs. 552.4 square inches).

The XF’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 Charger SE are solid, not vented.

The XF with its standard antilock brakes stops much shorter than the Charger with antilock brakes:

XF

Charger

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the Charger (235/35R20 vs. 215/65R17). The XFR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Charger (F:255/35R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The XF’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Charger SE/SXT’s standard 65 series tires. The XFR’s 255/35R20 front and 285/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Charger R/T’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF has standard 18 inch wheels. Smaller 17 inch wheels are standard on the Charger SE/SXT.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The XF has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the XF flat and controlled during cornering. The Charger’s standard suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The XF offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Charger’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The XFR handles at .89 G’s, while the Charger R/T pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XFR goes through Road & Track’s slalom 5.4 MPH faster than the Charger R/T (66.8 vs. 61.4 MPH).

The XFR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Charger R/T (25.9 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the Charger AWD’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The XF’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the Charger’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.9 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The XF is 4.8 inches shorter than the Charger, making the XF easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Jaguar XF amounts to more than styling. The XF has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Charger (.33 to .345) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XF get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The XF has .3 inches more front headroom and 1.4 inches more rear headroom than the Charger.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The XF has a much larger trunk than the Charger (17.7 vs. 16.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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When two different drivers share the XF, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Charger doesn’t offer a memory system.

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

The XF’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. With the Charger’s optional power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the XF the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Charger can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The XF 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 Charger doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The XF’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 Charger’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 XF offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Charger doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The XF 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 Charger only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

A power rear sun shade is optional in the XF to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Charger doesn’t offer a rear sun shade.

When the XF is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Charger’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XF 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 Charger has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The XF’s standard heated front seats keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. The Charger SE doesn’t offer heated seats.

The XF Premium/XFR’s standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Charger doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The XF’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 Charger SE doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the XF 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 Charger doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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