Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jaguar XJ VS 2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jaguar XJ

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2016 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Safety Comparison

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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 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 Phantom Sedan 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 Phantom Sedan doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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 Phantom Sedan 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 Phantom Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the XJ and the Phantom Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors and available 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 Phantom Sedan’s 4 year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The XJ’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Phantom Sedan’s (6 vs. 4 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XJ for 1 year longer than Rolls-Royce pays for maintenance for the Phantom Sedan (5 years vs. 4 years).

There are almost 6 times as many Jaguar dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XJ’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

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The XJ Supercharged’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 17 more horsepower (470 vs. 453) than the Phantom Sedan’s 6.7 DOHC V12. The XJR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 97 more horsepower (550 vs. 453) than the Phantom Sedan’s 6.7 DOHC V12.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jaguar XJ is faster than the Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan:

XJ 3.0

XJ 5.0

Phantom Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

4.4 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.7 sec

10 sec

14.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.5 sec

4.7 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

12.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

113 MPH

100 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the XJ 5.0 Supercharged gets better fuel mileage than the Phantom Sedan (15 city/23 hwy vs. 11 city/19 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 Phantom Sedan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the XJ Supercharged/XJR’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Phantom Sedan:

XJ Supercharged/XJR

Phantom Sedan

Front Rotors

15 inches

14.7 inches

Rear Rotors

14.8 inches

14.6 inches

The XJ stops much shorter than the Phantom Sedan:

XJ

Phantom Sedan

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

121 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 Phantom Sedan (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. F:255/50R21 & R:285/45R21).

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 Phantom Sedan’s standard 50 series front and 45 series rear 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 Phantom Sedan’s 50 series front and 45 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The XJ Supercharged handles at .87 G’s, while the Phantom Sedan pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XJL Supercharged performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 4.1 MPH faster than the Phantom Sedan (58.2 vs. 54.1 MPH).

For better maneuverability, the XJ’s turning circle is 6.3 feet tighter than the Phantom Sedan’s (39 feet vs. 45.3 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Jaguar XJ may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1800 to 1950 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan.

The XJ is 2 feet, 4 inches shorter than the Phantom Sedan, making the XJ easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The XJL is 1 foot, 11.1 inches shorter than the Phantom Sedan.

The XJ is 7 inches shorter in height than the Phantom Sedan, making the XJ much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

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 Phantom Sedan (.37) 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 Phantom Sedan has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The XJ has .5 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Phantom Sedan.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The XJ’s entire steering wheel hub sounds the horn, facilitating hitting the horn in an emergency. The Phantom Sedan has two small spoke buttons. These buttons can be hard to reach in an emergency.

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 Phantom Sedan 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 Phantom Sedan doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the XJ’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Phantom Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the XJ offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Phantom Sedan doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 Phantom Sedan 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 Phantom Sedan 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 Phantom Sedan has never been an “All Star.”

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