2018 Jaguar XE vs. 2017 Kia Cadenza

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 Kia Cadenza doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the XE and Cadenza 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 Cadenza’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 a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XE offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Cadenza doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The XE Portfolio/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 Cadenza doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The XE has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the XE and the Cadenza 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The XE’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Cadenza’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).

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. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Cadenza.

Engine

The XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 253) than the Cadenza’s 3.3 DOHC V6. The XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (296 vs. 290) and 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 253) than the Cadenza’s 3.3 DOHC V6. The XE S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 90 more horsepower (380 vs. 290) and 79 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 253) than the Cadenza’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (318 vs. 253) than the Cadenza’s 3.3 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE 20d RWD gets better fuel mileage than the Cadenza (32 city/42 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the XE 25t RWD gets better fuel mileage than the Cadenza (25 city/34 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

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

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XE’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Cadenza doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

XE

Cadenza

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

11.8 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 Cadenza are solid, not vented.

The XE stops much shorter than the Cadenza:

 

XE

Cadenza

 

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The XE S’ optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cadenza Technology/Limited’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE S offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Cadenza’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The XE offers an optional 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 Cadenza’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 Cadenza doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The XE R-Sport handles at .94 G’s, while the Cadenza Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XE R-Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the Cadenza Limited (24.9 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Chassis

The Jaguar XE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 300 pounds less than the Kia Cadenza.

The XE is 11.8 inches shorter than the Cadenza, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The XE Premium/Prestige/Portfolio/R-Sport/S’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Cadenza doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the XE (except Base/Premium) offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the XE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cadenza. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The XE 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 Cadenza doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The XE’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cadenza’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Cadenza’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Cadenza doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

The XE Portfolio/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 Cadenza doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

The XE will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the XE will retain 39.2% to 42.64% of its original price after five years, while the Cadenza only retains 32.17% to 36.26%.

Recommendations

The Jaguar XE outsold the Kia Cadenza by 40% during 2016.

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