Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jaguar XJ VS 2016 Bentley Flying Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jaguar XJ

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2016 Bentley Flying

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 Flying Spur doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The XJ has standard child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer child safety locks.

The XJ has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XJ offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Flying Spur doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The XJ offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Flying Spur 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 XJ’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the XJ’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The XJ has standard InControl, 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 Flying Spur 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 XJ and the Flying Spur 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 and front and rear parking sensors.

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 Flying Spur’s 3 year basic warranty expires 2 years sooner.

The XJ’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the Flying Spur’s (6 vs. 3 years).

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. Bentley doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Flying Spur.

There are over 4 times as many Jaguar dealers as there are Bentley dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XJ’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Motor Trend the XJ 5.0 Supercharged is faster than the Bentley Flying Spur W12:

XJ

Flying Spur

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116.3 MPH

107 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the XJ gets better fuel mileage than the Flying Spur:

XJ

Flying Spur

RWD

3.0 Supercharged/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

5.0 Supercharged/Auto

15 city/23 hwy

n/a

AWD

3.0 Supercharged/Auto

17 city/26 hwy

14 city/24 hwy

V8/Auto

L 3.0 Supercharged /Auto

17 city/25 hwy

12 city/20 hwy

W12/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XJ’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 Flying Spur doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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 Flying Spur’s standard 45 series tires. The XJR’s 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Flying Spur’s optional 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better maneuverability, the XJ’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Flying Spur’s (39 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Jaguar XJ may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1300 to 1450 pounds less than the Bentley Flying Spur.

The XJ is 6.6 inches shorter than the Flying Spur, making the XJ easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The XJL is 1.7 inches shorter than the Flying Spur.

For excellent aerodynamics, the XJ has standard flush composite headlights. The Flying Spur has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

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 Flying Spur is rated a Mid-size.

The XJL has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Flying Spur (109 vs. 102).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The XJ has a much larger trunk than the Flying Spur (15.2 vs. 13 cubic feet).

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 Flying Spur doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Flying Spur doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XJ offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XJ also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The XJ’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Flying Spur’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 Flying Spur.

Optional InControl Apps for the XJ allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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 Flying Spur 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 Flying Spur has never been an “All Star.”

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