2019 Jaguar XF vs. 2019 BMW 3 Series Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The XF Sport/S/Portfolio’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 XF and the 3 Series Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.


The XF 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 XF 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 XF’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 XF 20d gets better fuel mileage than the 3 Series Sedan:




3 Series Sedan




31 city/42 hwy

26 city/36 hwy




30 city/40 hwy

25 city/34 hwy


The XF Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 1.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan (17.4 vs. 15.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XF Sportbrake’s standard fuel tank has 4.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the 3 Series Sedan (19.8 vs. 15.6 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the 3 Series Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 3 Series Sedan (255/35R20 vs. 225/35R20).

Suspension and Handling

The XF Sportbrake has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The 3 Series Sedan doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the 3 Series Sedan (116.5 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

Passenger Space

The XF Sedan has .9 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the 3 Series Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sedan has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the 3 Series Sedan (17.8 vs. 17 cubic feet).


The XF 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 XF 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.


The XF was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 11 years. The 3 Series Sedan has never been an “All Star.”

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