Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jaguar XJ VS 2015 Lexus GS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Jaguar XJ

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2015 Lexus GS

Safety Comparison

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

The XJ offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The GS Series 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.

Both the XJ and the GS Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available collision warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

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The XJ comes with a full 5-year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The GS Series’ 4-year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XJ for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lexus doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GS Series.

Reliability Comparison

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The battery on the XJ is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XJ’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The GS Series’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 9th.

Engine Comparison

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The XJ has more powerful engines than the GS Series:

Horsepower

Torque

XJ 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

XJ Supercharged 5.0 supercharged V8

470 HP

424 lbs.-ft.

XJR 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

GS 350 3.5 DOHC V6

306 HP

277 lbs.-ft.

GS 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid

338 HP

n/a

As tested in Car and Driver the Jaguar XJ S.C. V6 is faster than the GS 350 3.5 DOHC V6:

XJ

GS Series

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

5.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.7 sec

13.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.5 sec

5.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

102 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the XJ Supercharged 5.0 supercharged V8 is faster than the GS 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid:

XJ

GS Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116.3 MPH

101.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regardless of its engine, the XJ’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.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the GS Series Hybrid.

The XJ has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the GS Series (21 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the XJ’s brake rotors are larger than those on the GS Series:

XJ

XJ Supercharged/XJR

GS Series

GS 350 F Sport

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

13.1 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

12.2 inches

12.2 inches

The XJ stops much shorter than the GS Series:

XJ

GS Series

80 to 0 MPH

202 feet

214 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

114 feet

123 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the XJ has larger standard tires than the GS Series (F:245/45R19 & R:275/40R19 vs. 235/45R18). The XJR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GS Series (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. F:235/40R19 & R:265/35R19).

The XJ’s standard 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GS Series’ standard 45 series tires. The XJR’s 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the GS 350 F Sport’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XJ has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the GS Series. The XJ’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the GS Series AWD.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The rear suspension of the XJ uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the GS Series, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The XJ has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The GS Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XJ’s wheelbase is 7.2 inches longer than on the GS Series (119.4 inches vs. 112.2 inches). The XJL’s wheelbase is 12.1 inches longer than on the GS Series (124.3 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XJ is 2 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than on the GS Series.

The XJL Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the GS 450h (26 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .68 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the XJL Supercharged is quieter than the GS 350:

XJ

GS Series

At idle

47 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

78 dB

78 dB

50 MPH Cruising

71 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

74 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the XJ is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the GS Series is rated a Mid-size.

The XJ has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the GS Series (102 vs. 99).

The XJ has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and .9 inches more rear shoulder room than the GS Series.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XJ L’s available rear seats recline. The GS Series’ rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The XJ has a larger trunk than the GS Series (15.2 vs. 14.3 cubic feet).

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the XJ’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The GS Series’ useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the XJ has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The GS Series doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The XJ has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GS Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the windows are left down on the XJ 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 GS Series can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The XJ’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 GS Series’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the XJ detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GS Series doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Standard air conditioned seats in front and rear seats keep the XJ’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The GS Series doesn’t offer air conditioned seats in the rear.

The XJ has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the GS Series.

The XJ RWD’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The GS Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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The XJ was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The GS Series has never been an “All Star.”

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