Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Jaguar XF VS 2013 Volvo S80 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Jaguar XF

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2013 Volvo S80

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 S80 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 Volvo S80 has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the XF and the S80 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’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the S80’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the XF’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The S80 T6’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the S80’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The XF has more powerful engines than the S80:



XF 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

251 lbs.-ft.

XF 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

XF Supercharged 5.0 V8

470 HP

424 lbs.-ft.

XFR 5.0 supercharged V8

510 HP

461 lbs.-ft.

S80 3.2 DOHC 6 cyl.

240 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

S80 T6 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

325 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the XF RWD 2.0 gets better fuel mileage than the S80 3.2 FWD (19 city/29 hwy vs. 19 city/28 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 S80 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the XF’s brake rotors are larger than those on the S80:




Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.83 inches

14.8 inches

11.9 inches

The XF’s brakes have 51% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the S80 (774 vs. 514 square inches), so the XF has more braking power available.

The XF’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the S80 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the S80 (235/35R20 vs. 225/50R17). The XFR/Supercharged’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S80 (F:255/35R20 & R:285/30R20 vs. 245/40R18).

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 S80’s 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 S80’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the S80. The XF’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the S80.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The XF offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The S80’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

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 S80 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 2.9 inches longer than on the S80 (114.5 inches vs. 111.6 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The XF has 1.6 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the S80.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XF has a much larger trunk than the S80 (17.7 vs. 14.9 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The XF’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S80 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 S80’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 S80 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XF to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The S80 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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 S80 has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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 a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the S80.



Four Year

32% to 33%


Two Year

49% to 50%


According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the XF is less expensive to operate than the S80 because typical repairs cost less on the XF than the S80, including $139 less for a water pump, $72 less for an alternator, $27 less for fuel injection, $138 less for a fuel pump and $112 less for front struts.

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