Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Jaguar XF VS 2013 BMW M5 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Jaguar XF

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2013 BMW M5

Safety Comparison

The XF’s optional front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The M5 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 BMW M5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The XF offers an optional Intelligent Emergency Brake, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The M5 doesn't offer crash mitigation brakes.

The XF 3.0 offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The M5 doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

Both the XF and the M5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the XFR gets better fuel mileage than the M5 Auto (15 city/23 hwy vs. 14 city/20 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The XF stops shorter than the M5:

XF

M5

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

110 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 M5 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

The XF has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the M5, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the M5’s (37.7 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 700 pounds less than the BMW M5.

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 M5 (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XF get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the XFR is quieter than the M5:

XF

M5

At idle

42 dB

52 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

80 dB

50 MPH Cruising

62 dB

67 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The XF has .1 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the M5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XF has a much larger trunk than the M5 (17.7 vs. 14 cubic feet).

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