2019 Jaguar XE vs. 2019 Honda Accord

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XE have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda Accord doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the XE and Accord have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XE has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Accord’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XE has a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Accord doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XE offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Accord doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The XE Portfolio/Sport/S offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Accord only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the XE and the Accord 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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 Accord’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The XE’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Accord’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Honda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Accord.

Reliability

The battery on the XE is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XE’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Accord’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The XE has more powerful engines than the Accord:

 

Horsepower

Torque

XE 20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

180 HP

317 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.

Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

192 HP

192 lbs.-ft.

Accord 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 192) than the Accord’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 273) than the Accord’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the XE 25t is faster than the Honda Accord 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

XE

Accord

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.9 sec

12.8 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE gets better fuel mileage than the Accord:

 

 

 

MPG

XE

RWD

Auto

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

32 city/42 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

AWD

Auto

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

Accord

FWD

Manual

Sport 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

 

Auto

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

 

 

Sport/Touring 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

29 city/35 hwy

 

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

 

 

Sport/Touring 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/32 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Accord doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XE’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Accord doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The XE 25t/35t/S’ standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Accord (16.6 vs. 14.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

XE

XE 300 Sport/S

Accord

Accord 2.0T/Sport/Touring

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

13.8 inches

11.5 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

12.8 inches

11.1 inches

11.1 inches

The XE 300 Sport/S’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Accord are solid, not vented.

The XE stops much shorter than the Accord:

 

XE

Accord

 

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

170 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The XE S’ optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Accord Sport/Touring’s 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE S offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Accord’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The XE R-Sport handles at .94 G’s, while the Accord EX pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XE R-Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Accord EX (24.9 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Accord’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The XE’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Accord Sport Manual/2.0T’s (36.8 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Chassis

The XE is 8.3 inches shorter than the Accord, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the XE R-Sport AWD is quieter than the Accord Sport (73 vs. 78 dB).

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the XE is 1.5 inches lower than the Accord (15” vs. 16.5”).

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the XE’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. Its intrusive beam hinge reduces the Accord’s useful trunk space.

The XE’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Accord LX’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XE’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Accord doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

The XE uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Accord uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the XE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Accord. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the XE and the Accord have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XE is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Accord prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The XE’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Accord’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The XE’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Accord’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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 Accord doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the XE (except Base) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Accord doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XE (except Base/Premium) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Accord doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The XE’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the Accord Sport 2.0T/EX/EX-L/Touring.

The XE has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Accord offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

On extremely cold winter days, the XE’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Accord doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the XE and the Accord offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the XE has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Accord doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The XE Portfolio/Sport/S’ optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Accord doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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