2019 BMW 530e vs. 2019 Jaguar XF

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 530e’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XF doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The 530e has standard Post-Crash Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XF doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the 530e helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The XF doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the 530e 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 all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 530e its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 36 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XF has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The 530e’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 530e’s warranty.

Reliability

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.

Engine

The 530e’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 1 more horsepower (248 vs. 247) and 41 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 269) than the XF 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The 530e’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 295) than the XF 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The 530e’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. hybrid produces 68 more horsepower (248 vs. 180) than the XF 20d’s standard 2.0 turbo diesel 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 530e gets better fuel mileage than the XF diesel:

 

 

 

MPG

530e

 

RWD

Electric Motor (MPGe)

70 city/75 hwy

 

AWD

Electric Motor (MPGe)

66 city/68 hwy

XF

 

FWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

31 city/42 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

The 530e can drive on battery power alone for up to 16 miles. The XF must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the BMW 530e higher (7 out of 10) than the Jaguar XF (1 to 7). This means the 530e produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XF every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The 530e’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The XF doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 530e’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XF:

 

530e

XF

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 530e 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.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 530e is .1 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XF.

The 530e handles at .85 G’s, while the XF R-Sport Sedan AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 530e executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the XF R-Sport Sedan AWD (26.6 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

The design of the BMW 530e amounts to more than styling. The 530e has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is lower than the XF (.28 to .29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 530e get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the 530e uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XF doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The 530e has 3.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XF (98.8 vs. 95).

The 530e has 1.7 inches more front headroom and 1.8 inches more front shoulder room than the XF Sedan.

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 530e 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.

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