2018 Chrysler 300 vs. 2017 Jaguar XJ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 300 Limited/S/C’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The XJ doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the 300 and the XJ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are over 14 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 300’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chrysler vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chrysler 17th in initial quality. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the 300 V8’s fuel efficiency. The XJ doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chrysler 300 uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The XJ requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 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 XJ doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The 300 stops shorter than the XJ:

 

300

XJ

 

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the 300 can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The XJ doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 300 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XJ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better maneuverability, the 300’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the XJ’s (38.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The 300’s turning circle is 3.6 feet tighter than the XJL AWD’s (38.7 feet vs. 42.3 feet).

Chassis

The 300 is 3.4 inches shorter than the XJ, making the 300 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the 300S is quieter than the XJ Supercharged (39 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space

The 300 has 4.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XJ (106.3 vs. 102).

The 300 has .3 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XJ.

Cargo Capacity

The 300 has a much larger trunk than the XJ (16.3 vs. 15.2 cubic feet).

The 300’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The XJ doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Towing

While the XJ Supercharged is not recommended to tow, any 300 can tow a minimum of 1000 pounds.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 300 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XJ doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 300 has standard extendable sun visors. The XJ doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 300 will cost $4785 to $11055 less than the XJ over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler 300 will be $42898 to $73412 less than for the Jaguar XJ.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XJ isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Jaguar XJ by over 16 to one during the 2016 model year.

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