2019 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon vs. 2019 Jaguar XF

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the 3 Series Sports Wagon. But it costs extra on the XF.

Both the 3 Series Sports Wagon and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The 3 Series Sports Wagon’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XF’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 3 Series Sports Wagon’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the 3 Series Sports Wagon’s reliability 27 points higher than the XF.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 3 Series Sports Wagon’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the XF:

 

3 Series Sports Wagon

XF

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The 3 Series Sports Wagon stops much shorter than the XF:

 

3 Series Sports Wagon

XF

 

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the 3 Series Sports Wagon can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XF doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Chassis

The 3 Series Sports Wagon is 1 foot shorter than the XF Sportbrake, making the 3 Series Sports Wagon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that BMW service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks BMW 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 16% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 15th.

Ergonomics

The 3 Series Sports Wagon has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XF doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 3 Series Sports Wagon to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the XF.

Model Availability

The BMW 3 Series comes in sedan, four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Jaguar XF isn’t available as a four door hatchback.

Recommendations

The BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

3 Series

XF

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 20 of the last 25 years. The XF hasn’t been picked since 2009.

The 3 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 13 of the last 23 years. The XF hasn’t been picked since 2010.

The BMW 3 Series outsold the Jaguar XF by over 19 to one during 2018.

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