Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar XJ VS 2017 BMW 7 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Jaguar XJ

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2017 BMW 7

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XJ 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 7 Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 BMW 7 Series doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the XJ and the 7 Series 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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 7 Series’ 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XJ for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the 7 Series (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Engine Comparison

The XJ has more powerful engines than the 7 Series:




XJ 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

XJ Supercharged 5.0 V8

470 HP

424 lbs.-ft.

XJR 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

320 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

740e 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid

322 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

750i 4.4 turbo V8

445 HP

479 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the XJ Supercharged 5.0 V8 is faster than the 750i:



7 Series

Zero to 60 MPH

4 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

116.3 MPH

111.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The XJ has 9 gallons more fuel capacity than the 7 Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 12.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the XJ’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the 7 Series:



7 Series

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.7 inches

The XJ stops shorter than the 7 Series:



7 Series


70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the XJR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 7 Series (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. 245/50R18).

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 7 Series’ standard 50 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 7 Series’ optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XJ has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the 7 Series.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the XJL’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the 740i’s (40.4 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Jaguar XJ may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 600 pounds less than the BMW 7 Series.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the XJL Supercharged is quieter than the 750i xDrive (71 vs. 72 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XJ has a much larger trunk than the 7 Series (15.2 vs. 14 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XJ offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The 7 Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 7 Series.

Recommendations Comparison

The XJ was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The 7 Series has never been an “All Star.”

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