Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar XF VS 2016 BMW 5 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Jaguar XF

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2016 BMW 5

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XF 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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the XF and 5 Series Sedan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XF 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 5 Series Sedan’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.

To help make backing safer, the XF’s optional 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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the XF and the 5 Series Sedan 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, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the 5 Series Sedan (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Engine Comparison

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As tested in Car and Driver the XF 35t is faster than the BMW 5 Series Sedan:

 

XF

528i Sedan

535i Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.9 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.6 sec

15.9 sec

14 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.4 sec

6.8 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

14.5 sec

14 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

96 MPH

100 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the XF 20d gets better fuel mileage than the 535d Sedan:

 

 

XF

5 Series Sedan

RWD

Auto

31 city/42 hwy

26 city/38 hwy

AWD

Auto

30 city/40 hwy

26 city/37 hwy

The XF’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the 5 Series Sedan’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the XF’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the 5 Series Sedan:

 

XF

528i

550i

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

13.7 inches

The XF stops shorter than the 5 Series Sedan:

 

XF

5 Series Sedan

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the 5 Series Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/55R17). The XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 5 Series Sedan (255/35R20 vs. 245/40R19).

The XF’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 528i Sedan’s standard 55 series tires. The XF’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the 5 Series Sedan’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the 528i Sedan. The XF’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the 5 Series Sedan.

The XF has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the 5 Series Sedan, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The XF R-Sport handles at .86 G’s, while the 535d Sedan pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.4 feet). The XF’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the 5 Series Sedan xDrive’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 pounds less than the BMW 5 Series Sedan.

The design of the Jaguar XF amounts to more than styling. The XF has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is lower than the 5 Series Sedan (.27 to .29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XF get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the XF R-Sport is quieter than the 535i Sedan (77 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The XF has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the 5 Series Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The XF has a much larger trunk than the 5 Series Sedan (19.1 vs. 14 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The XF 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 5 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Recommendations Comparison

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The XF was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2009. The 5 Series Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The XF was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 8 years. The 5 Series Sedan has never been an “All Star.”

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