Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jaguar XJ VS 2016 Bentley Mulsanne Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Jaguar XJ

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2016 Bentley Mulsanne

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 Mulsanne doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

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 Mulsanne 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 Mulsanne doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The XJ offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mulsanne doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The XJ offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Mulsanne 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 Mulsanne 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 Mulsanne 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 Mulsanne 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 Mulsanne 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 Mulsanne’s 3-year basicwarranty expires 2 years sooner.

The XJ’s corrosion warranty is 3 years longer than the Mulsanne’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 Mulsanne.

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.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the XJ have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Mulsanne.

Engine Comparison

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The XJR’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 20 more horsepower (550 vs. 530) than the Mulsanne Speed’s optional 6.8 turbo V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the XJ Supercharged 5.0 supercharged V8 is faster than the Mulsanne Speed:

XJ

Mulsanne

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116.3 MPH

103.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the XJ Supercharged RWD 5.0 S.C. V8 (470 HP) gets better fuel mileage than the Mulsanne with its standard turbo V8 (15 city/23 hwy vs. 11 city/18 hwy).

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 Mulsanne doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The XJ stops shorter than the Mulsanne:

XJ

Mulsanne

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction and acceleration, the XJ has larger standard rear tires than the Mulsanne (275/40R19 vs. 265/45R20). The XJR’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Mulsanne (295/30R20 vs. 265/45R20).

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 Mulsanne’s 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 Mulsanne’s optional 40 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The XJ Supercharged handles at .87 G’s, while the Mulsanne pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XJL Supercharged executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Mulsanne (26 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .69 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XJ’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Mulsanne’s (39 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Jaguar XJ may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1800 to 2100 pounds less than the Bentley Mulsanne.

The XJ is 1 foot, 5.5 inches shorter than the Mulsanne, making the XJ easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The XJL is 1 foot shorter than the Mulsanne.

The design of the Jaguar XJ amounts to more than styling. The XJ has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Mulsanne (.33) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XJ get better fuel mileage.

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

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

Passenger Space Comparison

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The XJL has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mulsanne (109 vs. 106).

The XJ has 1.6 inches more front headroom and 2.1 inches more front shoulder room than the Mulsanne.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the XJ easier. The XJ’s trunk lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Mulsanne’s liftover is 29.8 inches.

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 Mulsanne doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XJ offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Mulsanne 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 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 Mulsanne.

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 Mulsanne doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The XJ’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Mulsanne’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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 Mulsanne 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 Mulsanne has never been an “All Star.”

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