2019 Genesis G90 vs. 2019 Jaguar XJ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the G90 and the XJ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available all wheel drive.

The Genesis G90 weighs 474 to 1014 pounds more than the Jaguar XJ. 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 XJ has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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

The G90’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the XJ’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 XJ.

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

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.

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 XJ requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

G90

XJ

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

13.4 inches

12.8 inches

The G90 stops shorter than the XJ:

 

G90

XJ

 

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The G90 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XJ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the G90’s wheelbase is 5 inches longer than on the XJ (124.4 inches vs. 119.4 inches). The G90’s wheelbase is .1 inches longer than on the XJL (124.4 inches vs. 124.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the G90 is .6 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the XJ.

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 XJ (.29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the G90 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The G90 has 11.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XJ (113.2 vs. 102).

The G90 has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 4.8 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XJ.

Cargo Capacity

The G90 has a larger trunk than the XJ (15.7 vs. 15.2 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just waiting momentarily behind the back bumper can open the G90’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The XJ doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The G90 has a standard heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XJ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 XJ doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

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

The Genesis G90 outsold the Jaguar XJ by 62% during the 2018 model year.

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