Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2011 Jaguar XF VS 2011 Lexus ES350 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2011 Jaguar XF

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2011 Lexus ES350

Safety Comparison

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 ES350 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XF’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras 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 ES350 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the XF and the ES350 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The Jaguar XF weighs 462 to 701 pounds more than the Lexus ES350. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The XF comes with a full 5 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The ES350’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF for 5 years and 50,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Lexus doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the ES350.

Engine Comparison

The XF’s standard 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 117 more horsepower (385 vs. 268) and 132 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 248) than the ES350’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The XF’s optional 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 202 more horsepower (470 vs. 268) and 176 lbs.-ft. more torque (424 vs. 248) than the ES350’s 3.5 DOHC V6. The XFR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 242 more horsepower (510 vs. 268) and 213 lbs.-ft. more torque (461 vs. 248) than the ES350’s 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the XFR is faster than the Lexus ES350:

XF

ES350

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.5 sec

15.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.5 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

97 MPH

Top Speed

162 MPH

139 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the XF’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the ES350:

Torque

XF 5.0 DOHC V8

3500 RPM

XF 5.0 supercharged V8

2500 RPM

XFR 5.0 supercharged V8

2500 RPM

ES350 3.5 DOHC V6

4700 RPM

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the XF’s brake rotors are larger than those on the ES350:

XF

XFR

ES350

Front Rotors

12.83 inches

15 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.83 inches

14.8 inches

11.1 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 on the ES350 are solid, not vented.

The XF stops much shorter than the ES350:

XF

ES350

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the ES350 (235/35R20 vs. 215/55R17). The XFR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the ES350 (F:255/35R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. 215/55R17).

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 ES350’s standard 55 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 ES350’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF has standard 18 inch wheels. Only 17 inch wheels are available on the ES350. The XF offers optional 20 inch wheels.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the XF can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The ES350 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 ES350’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 5.2 inches longer than on the ES350 (114.5 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The XF’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.7% to 47.3%) than the ES350’s (61% to 39%). This gives the XF more stable handling and braking.

The XFR handles at .89 G’s, while the ES350 pulls only .75 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 ES350 (66.8 vs. 61.4 MPH).

The XFR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the ES350 (25.9 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The XF has 2.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the ES350 (98 vs. 95.4).

The XF has .8 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the ES350.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XF has a much larger trunk than the ES350 (17.7 vs. 14.8 cubic feet).

The XF’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The ES350 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The XF’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the ES350.

The power windows standard on both the XF and the ES350 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XF is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The ES350 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 ES350 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The XF’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The ES350’s standard power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the XF owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the XF with a number “1” insurance rate while the ES350 is rated higher at a number “5” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XF is less expensive to operate than the ES350 because it costs $786 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XF than the ES350, including $1030 less for a water pump, $92 less for an alternator, $191 less for fuel injection and $69 less for front struts.

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