Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar XE VS 2017 Acura TLX Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Jaguar XE

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2017 Acura TLX

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XE 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 Acura TLX doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the XE and TLX have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XE has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The TLX’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XE 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 TLX doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the XE’s standard All Surface Progress Control allows you to creep down safely. The TLX doesn’t offer All Surface Progress Control.

The XE R-Sport offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The TLX 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 XE R-Sport’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The TLX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XE and the TLX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

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

The XE’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the TLX’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Acura doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the TLX.

Reliability Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

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The XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 34 more horsepower (240 vs. 206) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (251 vs. 182) than the TLX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The XE 35t’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 50 more horsepower (340 vs. 290) and 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 267) than the TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6.

The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 136 lbs.-ft. more torque (318 vs. 182) than the TLX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 51 lbs.-ft. more torque (318 vs. 267) than the TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the XE 35t is faster than the Acura TLX V6:

 

XE

TLX

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

14.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106.2 MPH

98.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the XE 20d gets better fuel mileage than the TLX 4 cyl.:

 

 

XE

TLX

 

2WD

Auto

32 city/42 hwy

24 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

30 city/40 hwy

n/a

 

Regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The TLX doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Regardless of its engine, the XE’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.) Acura only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the TLX V6 SH-AWD.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the XE’s optional front brake rotors are larger than those on the TLX:

 

XE

TLX

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.2 inches

The XE’s optional front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the TLX are solid, not vented.

The XE stops much shorter than the TLX:

 

XE

TLX

 

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the XE R-Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the TLX (F:235/35R20 & R:265/30R20 vs. 225/55R17).

The XE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the TLX’s standard 55 series tires. The XE R-Sport’s optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the TLX V-6’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE R-Sport offers optional 20-inch wheels. The TLX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The XE offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The TLX’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The XE’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The TLX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XE’s wheelbase is 2.3 inches longer than on the TLX (111.6 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

The XE’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51% to 49%) than the TLX’s (60% to 40%). This gives the XE more stable handling and braking.

The XE handles at .96 G’s, while the TLX V-6 SH-AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XE R-Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the TLX (24.9 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XE’s turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the TLX V-6’s (38.4 feet vs. 38.8 feet). The XE’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the TLX SH-AWD’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The XE is 6.4 inches shorter than the TLX, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the XE is quieter than the TLX (38 vs. 42 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The XE has a much larger trunk than the TLX (15.9 vs. 13.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the XE easier. The XE’s trunk lift-over height is 25.5 inches, while the TLX’s liftover is 28.3 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the XE Prestige/R-Sport offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The TLX doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The XE Prestige/R-Sport offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The TLX doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The power windows standard on both the XE and the TLX have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XE is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The TLX prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The XE’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 TLX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XE to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The TLX doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

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

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the XE offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The TLX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XE Prestige/R-Sport to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The TLX doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Both the XE and the TLX offer available heated front seats. The XE Prestige/R-Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the TLX.

On extremely cold winter days, the XE’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The TLX doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The XE R-Sport’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 TLX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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