Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 BMW 3 Series VS 2015 Jaguar XF Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 BMW 3 Series

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2015 Jaguar XF

Safety Comparison

The 3 Series Sedan (except 320i)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The XF doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The 3 Series Sedan (except 320i) offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The XF only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The 3 Series Sedan has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The XF doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the 3 Series Sedan and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The 3 Series Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XF’s (12 vs. 6 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the 3 Series Sedan for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Jaguar only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the XF.

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 3 Series Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the 3 Series Sedan has a standard 170-amp alternator (180-amp - 3 Series Sedan Diesel and 200 ActiveHybrid). The XF’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the BMW 3 Series Sedan 335i’s reliability will be 98% better than the XF and the BMW 3 Series Sedan 328i will be 147% better than the XF.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in reliability. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The 3 Series Sedan’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 29 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 251) than the XF 2.0T Premium’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the 328i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the XF 2.0T Premium 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

3 Series Sedan

XF

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.7 sec

17.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

93 MPH

Top Speed

155 MPH

149 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the 328d gets better fuel mileage than the XF:

3 Series Sedan

XF

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. diesel/Auto

32 city/45 hwy

19 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid/Auto

25 city/33 hwy

n/a

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. diesel/Auto

31 city/43 hwy

17 city/27 hwy

3.0 S/C V6/Auto

On the EPA test cycle the 3 Series Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the XF:

3 Series Sedan

XF

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (180 HP)/6-spd Manual

23 city/36 hwy

n/a

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (240 HP)/6-spd Manual

22 city/34 hwy

n/a

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./6-spd Manual

20 city/30 hwy

n/a

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (180 HP)/8-spd Auto

24 city/36 hwy

19 city/30 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (240 HP)/8-spd Auto

23 city/35 hwy

n/a

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./8-spd Auto

21 city/32 hwy

18 city/28 hwy

3.0 S/C V6/Auto

AWD

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./6-spd Manual

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (180 HP)/8-spd Auto

23 city/35 hwy

n/a

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./8-spd Auto

20 city/30 hwy

17 city/27 hwy

3.0 S/C V6/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the 3 Series Sedan’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XF doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the 3 Series Sedan’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Jaguar only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the XF V6/V8.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The 3 Series Sedan stops much shorter than the XF:

3 Series Sedan

XF

70 to 0 MPH

164 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 3 Series Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XF doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The 3 Series Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XF’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 320i handles at .92 G’s, while the XF 2.0T Premium pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 328i goes through Road & Track’s slalom 2.9 MPH faster than the XFR (69 vs. 66.1 MPH).

The 335i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the XF 2.0T Premium (25.6 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The BMW 3 Series Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 550 pounds less than the Jaguar XF.

The 3 Series Sedan is 1 foot shorter than the XF, making the 3 Series Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the 328i is quieter than the XFR:

3 Series Sedan

XF

At idle

39 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

70 dB

74 dB

50 MPH Cruising

60 dB

62 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The 3 Series Sedan has 3 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom and .6 inches more rear headroom than the XF.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the 3 Series Sedan’s available trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XF doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The 3 Series Sedan (except 320i) offers an available heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XF doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 3 Series Sedan 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.

Both the 3 Series Sedan and the XF offer available heated front seats. The 3 Series Sedan also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the XF.

Optional BMW Apps for the 3 Series Sedan allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, tagging songs to buy them later, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The XF doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The 3 Series Sedan (except 320i)’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The XF doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the 3 Series Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 3 Series Sedan will cost $3215 less than the XF over a five-year period.

The 3 Series Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the 3 Series Sedan will retain 37.71% to 51.05% of its original price after five years, while the XF only retains 37.2% to 39.52%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 3 Series Sedan is less expensive to operate than the XF because it costs $1215 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 3 Series Sedan than the XF, including $14 less for an alternator, $51 less for front brake pads, $397 less for a starter, $587 less for fuel injection, $169 less for a fuel pump, $339 less for front struts, $723 less for a timing belt/chain and $104 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW 3 Series Sedan will be $17708 to $51581 less than for the Jaguar XF.

Recommendations Comparison

The BMW 3 Series Sedan has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

3 Series Sedan

XF

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 20 of the last 20 years. The XF hasn’t been picked since 2009.

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 13 of the last 18 years. The XF hasn’t been picked since 2010.

The 3 Series was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2006 Car of the Year. The XF has never been chosen.

The BMW 3 and 4 Series outsold the Jaguar XF by almost twenty-two to one during the 2014 model year.

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