2019 BMW M5 vs. 2018 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The M5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XE doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the M5. But it costs extra on the XE.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the M5 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 XE doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the M5 and the XE 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, available around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The BMW M5 weighs 575 to 1050 pounds more than the Jaguar XE. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.


The M5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XE’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 M5’s warranty.


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.


The M5 has more powerful engines than the XE:




M5 4.4 turbo V8

600 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

M5 Competition 4.4 turbo V8

617 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XE 30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XE S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

The M5 has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE Diesel’s standard fuel tank (20.1 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The M5 has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE 25t/35t/S’ standard fuel tank (20.1 vs. 16.6 gallons).


The M5’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 XE doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the M5’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XE:





Front Rotors

15.6 inches

12.4 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

11.8 inches

12.8 inches

The M5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the XE are solid, not vented.

The M5 offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The XE doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The M5 stops much shorter than the XE:





80 to 0 MPH

190 feet

199 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

112 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the M5 has larger tires than the XE (F:275/40R19 & R:285/40R19 vs. 225/45R18). The M5’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (F:275/40R19 & R:285/40R19 vs. F:235/35R20 & R:265/30R20).

The M5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XE’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M5 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the XE.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the M5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XE doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M5’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the XE (117.4 inches vs. 111.6 inches).

The M5 handles at .98 G’s, while the XE R-Sport AWD pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.


As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the M5 is quieter than the XE R-Sport AWD (66 vs. 70 dB).

Passenger Space

The M5 has 3.7 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

The M5 has a much larger trunk than the XE (18.7 vs. 14.7 cubic feet).

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.


Unlike the driver-only memory system in the XE Premium/Prestige/Portfolio/R-Sport/S, the M5 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, suspension setting, power steering assist, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The M5 has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the XE.

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