Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Porsche Panamera VS 2012 Jaguar XF Near Phoenix, AZ

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2012 Porsche Panamera

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2012 Jaguar XF

Safety Comparison

The Panamera offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The XF doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

Both the Panamera and the XF 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

The Panamera’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the XF’s (10 vs. 6 years).

There are over 33 percent more Porsche dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it easier to get service under the Panamera’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Panamera has more powerful engines than the XF:



Panamera S Hybrid 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

428 lbs.-ft.

Panamera S 4.8 DOHC V8

400 HP

389 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo 4.8 turbo V8

500 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Panamera Turbo S 4.8 turbo V8

550 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

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.

As tested in Car and Driver the Panamera Turbo is faster than the XFR:



Zero to 30 MPH

1.2 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

4.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.4 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.2 sec

9.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.1 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

119 MPH

114 MPH

Top Speed

193 MPH

162 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera S Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the XF (22 city/30 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera gets better fuel mileage than the XF:





18 city/27 hwy



16 city/24 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

V8 Supercharged/Auto


15 city/21 hwy



18 city/26 hwy



16 city/24 hwy


Turbo V8/Auto

15 city/23 hwy


Regenerative brakes improve the Panamera V8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XF doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Panamera’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The XF doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Panamera’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the XF (21.1 vs. 18.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Panamera S4/Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 8 gallons more fuel capacity than the XF (26.4 vs. 18.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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


Panamera Opt.

Panamera Turbo Opt.



Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15.4 inches

16.4 inches

14 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.83 inches

14.8 inches

The Panamera’s brakes have 8% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the XF (836 vs. 774 square inches), so the Panamera has more braking power available.

The Panamera offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The XF doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops much shorter than the XF:



80 to 0 MPH

196 feet

204 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Panamera has larger standard tires than the XF (F:245/50R18 & R:275/45R18 vs. 235/35R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Panamera offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Jaguar doesn’t offer an active suspension on the XF.

The Panamera has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Panamera’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The XF doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 3.9 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XF.

The Panamera Turbo 4 handles at 1.00 G’s, while the XF pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Panamera goes through Road & Track’s slalom 5.1 MPH faster than the XFR (71.2 vs. 66.1 MPH).

The Panamera S performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 9.1 MPH faster than the XF (69.1 vs. 60 MPH).

The Panamera Turbo 4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.2 seconds quicker than the XF (24.4 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Panamera S is quieter than the XFR (44 vs. 46 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Panamera has .9 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the XF.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The XF’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Panamera offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The XF doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the XF, the Panamera offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Panamera’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XF has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Panamera to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XF doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The XF doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

Both the Panamera and the XF offer available heated front seats. The Panamera also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the XF.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Panamera offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The XF doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

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