Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Jaguar XF VS 2013 Dodge Charger Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Jaguar XF

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2013 Dodge Charger

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 Charger SRT8 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 Dodge Charger SRT8 has only front 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 Charger SRT8 offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The XF 3.0 offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Charger SRT8 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 Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the XF and the Charger SRT8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact 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 XF comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The Charger SRT8’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The XF comes with free roadside assistance for 4 years 50,000 miles. Jaguar will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Dodge doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Charger SRT8.

The XF’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Charger SRT8’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

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 Charger SRT8.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 49 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar 27th in reliability. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

The XFR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 40 more horsepower (510 vs. 470) than the Charger SRT8’s 6.4 V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the XFR is faster than the Dodge Charger SRT8:

XF

Charger SRT8

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.5 sec

11 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.5 sec

4.8 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

2.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116 MPH

110 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the XFR gets better fuel mileage than the Charger SRT8 (15 city/23 hwy vs. 14 city/23 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 Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the XFR/Supercharged’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Charger SRT8:

XFR/Supercharged

Charger SRT8

Front Rotors

15 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

14.8 inches

13.8 inches

The XF’s brakes have 16% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Charger SRT8 (774 vs. 667 square inches), so the XF has more braking power available.

The XF stops much shorter than the Charger SRT8:

XF

Charger SRT8

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

109 feet

112 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the XFR/Supercharged’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Charger SRT8 (F:255/35R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. 245/45R20).

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 Charger SRT8’s 45 series tires.

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 Charger SRT8 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 Charger SRT8, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The XF has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The XFR handles at .89 G’s, while the Charger SRT8 pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the Charger SRT8’s (37.7 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 700 pounds less than the Dodge Charger SRT8.

The XF is 5 inches shorter than the Charger SRT8, making the XF easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 Charger SRT8 (.338) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XF get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the XFR is quieter than the Charger SRT8 (44 vs. 45 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XF has a much larger trunk than the Charger SRT8 (17.7 vs. 16.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The XF’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Charger SRT8’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or 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 Charger SRT8 can only raise 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 Charger SRT8’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the XF offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Charger SRT8 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The XF’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Charger SRT8 Super Bee doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the XF owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the XF will cost $2955 to $4365 less than the Charger SRT8 over a five-year period.

The XF will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the XF will retain 49% to 50% of its original price after two years, while the Charger SRT8 only retains 45% to 47%.

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