Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jaguar XJ VS 2016 BMW 7 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Jaguar XJ

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2016 BMW 7

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XJ have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The BMW 7 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XJ 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 BMW 7 Series doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the XJ and the 7 Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems and around view monitors.

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 7 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 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the 7 Series (5/60,000 vs. 4/50,000).

Reliability Comparison

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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 BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

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The XJR’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 105 more horsepower (550 vs. 445) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 480) than the 750i’s optional 4.4 turbo V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the XJ 5.0 Supercharged is faster than the 750i:

XJ

7 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116.3 MPH

111.9 MPH

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the XJ’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the 7 Series:

XJ

7 Series

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.7 inches

The XJ stops shorter than the 7 Series:

XJ

7 Series

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the XJR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 7 Series (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. 245/50R18).

The XJ’s standard 245/45R19 front and 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 7 Series’ standard 50 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 7 Series’ optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XJ has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 7 Series.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the XJL’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the 740i’s (41.7 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Jaguar XJ may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the BMW 7 Series.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the XJL Supercharged is quieter than the 750i xDrive (71 vs. 72 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The XJ has a much larger trunk than the 7 Series (15.2 vs. 14 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XJ offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 7 Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 7 Series.

Recommendations Comparison

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The XJ was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The 7 Series has never been an “All Star.”

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