2019 Genesis G90 vs. 2019 Jaguar XF

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The G90’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.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Genesis G90 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XF doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the G90 and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available all wheel drive.

The Genesis G90 weighs 585 to 1315 pounds more than the Jaguar XF. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the G90 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XF has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

Genesis’ powertrain warranty covers the G90 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the XF. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the XF ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The G90’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the XF’s (7 vs. 6 years).

There are over 2 times as many Genesis dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the G90’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 G90’s reliability 20 points higher than the XF.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the G90 first among large premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The XF isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Genesis vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Genesis first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 80 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine

The G90 has more powerful engines than the XF:

 

Horsepower

Torque

G90 3.3T turbo V6

365 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

G90 5.0 DOHC V8

420 HP

383 lbs.-ft.

XF 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XF 30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XF S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Genesis G90 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The XF requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The G90 has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the XF Diesel’s standard fuel tank (21.9 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The G90 has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the XF Sportbrake’s standard fuel tank (21.9 vs. 19.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the G90’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XF:

 

G90 3.3T

G90 5.0

XF 25t/20d

XF 30t/S

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14.8 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

13.4 inches

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

The G90 stops shorter than the XF:

 

G90

XF

 

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the G90 has larger rear tires than the XF (275/40R19 vs. 245/45R18). The G90’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the XF (275/40R19 vs. 255/35R20).

The G90’s 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XF’s standard 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the G90 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XF.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G90’s wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer than on the XF (124.4 inches vs. 116.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the G90 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XF.

The G90 3.3T AWD 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 G90 3.3T AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the XF R-Sport Sedan AWD (26.1 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

The design of the Genesis G90 amounts to more than styling. The G90 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 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 G90 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the G90 a Large car, while the XF Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The G90 has 18.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XF (113.2 vs. 95).

The G90 has 4 inches more front headroom, 4.8 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 1.2 inches more rear legroom and 1.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the XF Sedan.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the G90 5.0’s rear seats recline. The XF’s rear seats don’t recline.

Ergonomics

The G90 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.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the G90 has standard extendable sun visors. The XF doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The G90 has standard front air-conditioned seats and the G90 5.0 also has them in the rear. This keeps the passengers comfortable and takes the sting out of hot seats in summer. The XF doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The G90 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 XF.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Genesis G90, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Genesis G90 outsold the Jaguar XF by 66 units during the 2018 model year.

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