Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Jaguar XF VS 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Jaguar XF

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2013 Cadillac CTS-V

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 CTS-V doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 CTS-V 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 CTS-V doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

The XF has standard parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the XF and the CTS-V 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.

Reliability Comparison

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 the engine in the CTS-V.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked fourth.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the XFR gets better fuel mileage than the CTS-V Auto (15 city/23 hwy vs. 12 city/18 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XF V6/V8’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 CTS-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The XF stops much shorter than the CTS-V:



80 to 0 MPH

204 feet

205 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

191 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The XFR/Supercharged’s 255/35R20 front and 285/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CTS-V’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF offers optional 20-inch wheels. The CTS-V’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 CTS-V 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 CTS-V, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 1.1 inches longer than on the CTS-V (114.5 inches vs. 113.4 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 550 pounds less than the Cadillac CTS-V.

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 CTS-V (.355) 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 CTS-V Sedan:



At idle

42 dB

55 dB


74 dB

78 dB

50 MPH Cruising

62 dB

66 dB

70 MPH Cruising

67 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The XF has .2 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, .5 inches more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CTS-V Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XF has a much larger trunk than the CTS-V Sedan (17.7 vs. 13.6 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The XF’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The CTS-V’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 CTS-V 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 CTS-V doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 CTS-V doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XF to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The CTS-V doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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 CTS-V’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XF offers optional 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 CTS-V has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 CTS-V doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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