2019 Jaguar XF vs. 2019 Porsche Panamera

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To help make backing safer, the XF’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Panamera doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 Panamera doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XF and the Panamera have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front 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 and around view monitors.

Warranty

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 Panamera’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 4 years and 50,000 miles longer than Porsche pays for maintenance for the Panamera (5/60,000 vs. 1/10,000).

Brakes and Stopping

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The XF has a standard Emergency Brake Assist to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Panamera doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

Tires and Wheels

The XF has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Panamera; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Panamera’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet). The XF’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Panamera Executive’s (38.1 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 1100 pounds less than the Porsche Panamera.

The XF Sedan is 3.8 inches shorter than the Panamera, making the XF easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the XF S Sedan AWD is quieter than the Panamera Turbo:

 

XF

Panamera

At idle

40 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

65 dB

Passenger Space

The XF has standard seating for 5 passengers; the Panamera can only carry 4.

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sportbrake has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Panamera Sport Turismo with its rear seat up (31.7 vs. 18.3 cubic feet). The XF Sportbrake has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the Panamera Sport Turismo with its rear seat folded (69.7 vs. 49 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XF offers cargo security. The Panamera’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

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 Panamera doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The XF’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Panamera.

The XF (except Premium) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Panamera doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Panamera 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 Panamera doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XF has a standard rear wiper. A rear wiper costs extra on the Panamera.

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 Panamera doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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

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