Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Jaguar XF VS 2013 Lexus GS Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2012 Jaguar XF

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2013 Lexus GS

Safety Comparison

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The XF’s optional front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The GS Series doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the XF and the GS Series 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.

Warranty Comparison

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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 GS Series’ 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 GS Series.

Engine Comparison

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The XF has more powerful engines than the GS Series:

Horsepower

Torque

XF 5.0 DOHC V8

385 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

XF 5.0 supercharged V8

470 HP

424 lbs.-ft.

XFR 5.0 supercharged V8

510 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

GS 350 3.5 DOHC V6

306 HP

277 lbs.-ft.

GS 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid

338 HP

n/a

As tested in Motor Trend the XFR is faster than the GS 450h:

XF

GS Series

Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.4 sec

6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.8 sec

9.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.8 sec

14 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2 sec

2.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.1 MPH

101.8 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 GS Series:

Torque

XF 5.0 DOHC V8

3500 RPM

XF 5.0 supercharged V8

2500 RPM

XFR 5.0 supercharged V8

2500 RPM

GS 350 3.5 DOHC V6

4800 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The XF has a gallon more fuel capacity than the GS Series (18.4 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

XF

XFR/Supercharged

GS Series

GS Series F-Sport

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

13.1 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

12.83 inches

14.8 inches

12.2 inches

12.2 inches

The XF stops much shorter than the GS Series:

XF

GS Series

80 to 0 MPH

204 feet

214 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

123 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the GS Series (235/35R20 vs. 225/50R17). The XFR/Supercharged’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GS Series (F:255/35R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. F:235/40R19 & R:265/35R19).

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 GS Series’ standard 50 series tires. The XFR/Supercharged’s 255/35R20 front and 285/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the GS Series F-Sport’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF has standard 18 inch wheels. Smaller 17 inch wheels are standard on the GS Series. The XF’s optional 20 inch wheels are larger than the 19 inch wheels on the GS Series AWD.

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 GS Series doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the GS Series (114.5 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

The XFR handles at .89 G’s, while the GS 350 pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XFR executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GS 450h (25.9 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the XFR is quieter than the GS 350:

XF

GS Series

At idle

42 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

78 dB

50 MPH Cruising

62 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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The XF has .3 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the GS Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The XF has a much larger trunk than the GS Series (17.7 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the XF’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The GS Series’ useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 GS Series can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 GS Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the XF detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GS Series doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XF is less expensive to operate than the GS Series because it costs $455 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the XF than the GS Series, including $113 less for a water pump, $296 less for an alternator, $51 less for fuel injection, $124 less for front struts, $1194 less for a timing belt/chain and $515 less for a power steering pump.

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