2019 Jaguar XE vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The XE Portfolio/Sport/S’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XE and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.


The XE comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The 3 Series Sedan’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the 3 Series Sedan (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).


The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 295) than the 330i’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE 20d gets better fuel mileage than the 330i Sedan:




3 Series




32 city/42 hwy

26 city/36 hwy




30 city/40 hwy

25 city/34 hwy


The XE 25t/35t/S’ standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan (16.6 vs. 15.6 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XE S’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Sedan (F:235/35R20 & R:265/30R20 vs. F:225/35R20 & R:255/30R20).

Suspension and Handling

The XE’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the XE’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the 3 Series Sedan’s (36.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The XE’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the 3 Series Sedan xDrive’s (36.8 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Passenger Space

The XE has .8 inches more front shoulder room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.


The XE has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XE to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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