2018 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2017 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Malibu are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The XE doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Malibu and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Malibu the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 110 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 18 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Malibu’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

Engine

The Malibu Premier’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 10 more horsepower (250 vs. 240) and 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 251) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Malibu Premier 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Malibu

XE

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.2 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Malibu with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the XE 25t RWD (27 city/36 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Malibu uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Malibu Premier for maximum performance). The XE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Malibu has a gallon more fuel capacity than the XE Diesel’s standard fuel tank (15.8 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Malibu has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The XE doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Malibu Premier, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a 8-speed automatic is available for the XE.

Brakes and Stopping

The Malibu stops much shorter than the XE:

 

Malibu

XE

 

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Malibu’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (245/45R18 vs. 235/35R20).

Suspension and Handling

The Malibu Premier handles at .88 G’s, while the XE AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Malibu Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XE AWD (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Malibu’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the XE’s (37 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Malibu may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 650 pounds less than the Jaguar XE.

The front grille of the Malibu (except 2.0 Turbo) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XE doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Malibu LT is quieter than the XE R-Sport AWD:

 

Malibu

XE

At idle

42 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Malibu is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the XE is rated a Compact.

The Malibu has 11.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (102.9 vs. 91).

The Malibu has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

The front step up height for the Malibu is 1.5 inches lower than the XE (13.5” vs. 15”). The Malibu’s rear step up height is .9 inches lower than the XE’s (14.1” vs. 15”).

Cargo Capacity

The Malibu has a much larger trunk than the XE (15.8 vs. 14.7 cubic feet).

Towing

The Malibu has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The XE has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Malibu (except L) offers a 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 XE doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Malibu’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XE does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Malibu has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Malibu (except L/LS) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XE doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Malibu owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Malibu will cost $905 to $8260 less than the XE over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Malibu will be $10887 to $25735 less than for the Jaguar XE.

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