2019 Jaguar XF vs. 2019 Genesis G90

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XF and G90 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XF 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 G90’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.

Both the XF and the G90 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, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Genesis pays for maintenance for the G90 (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Engine

As tested in Car and Driver the XF S is faster than the G90 5.0:

 

XF

G90

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.3 sec

12.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

13.8 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XF Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the G90:

 

 

 

MPG

XF Sedan

 

RWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

31 city/42 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

G90

 

RWD

3.3T turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

3.3T turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

 

 

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/23 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the XF’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The G90 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XF’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 G90 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping

The XF stops shorter than the G90:

 

XF

G90

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

179 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

122 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the G90 (255/35R20 vs. 245/45R19).

The XF’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the G90’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF offers optional 20-inch wheels. The G90’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 G90 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The XF R-Sport Sedan handles at .86 G’s, while the G90 5.0 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The XF S Sedan AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the G90 3.3T AWD (25.5 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the G90’s (38.1 feet vs. 39.2 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 850 to 1050 pounds less than the Genesis G90.

The XF Sedan is 9.9 inches shorter than the G90, making the XF easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sedan has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the G90 (17.8 vs. 15.7 cubic feet).

The XF’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The G90 doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the XF the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the G90 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 G90 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XF has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The G90 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The XF Sport/S/Portfolio’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 G90 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Jaguar XF comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Genesis G90 isn’t available as a station wagon.

Recommendations

The XF was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 11 years. The G90 has never been an “All Star.”

The Jaguar XF outsold the Genesis G90 by 68 units during 2018.

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