2019 Jaguar XF vs. 2019 Tesla Model X

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XF 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 Tesla Model X doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The XF 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 Model X doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the XF’s standard All Surface Progress Control allows you to creep down safely. The Model X doesn’t offer All Surface Progress Control.

The XF Sport/S/Portfolio offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Model X 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.

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 Model X 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 Model X doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The XF has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Model X doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the XF and the Model X 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

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 Model X’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The XF’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the Model X’s (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Tesla doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Model X.

There are almost 3 times as many Jaguar dealers as there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the XF’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the XF’s reliability 17 points higher than the Model X.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the XF S is faster than the Model X 75D:

 

XF

Model X

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.1 MPH

100.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The XF 20d’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel is 730.8 miles, after which it can be refueled at any diesel pump in minutes. The Model X’s range is only 238 to 295 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only a 54% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 82 hours and 53 minutes.

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 Model X doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The XF stops shorter than the Model X:

 

XF

Model X

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

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 Model X; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The XF S Sportbrake handles at .87 G’s, while the Model X pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the Model X’s (38.1 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1350 to 1700 pounds less than the Tesla Model X.

The XF Sportbrake is 3.2 inches shorter than the Model X, making the XF easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The XF is 5.4 inches narrower on average than the Model X, making the XF easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The XF is 8.9 inches shorter in height than the Model X, making the XF much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the XF S Sportbrake is quieter than the Model X (38 vs. 44 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sportbrake has a much larger cargo volume than the Model X with its rear seat up (31.7 vs. 26 cubic feet).

The XF’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Model X 6-Passenger doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XF offers cargo security. The Model X’s sport utility bodystyle defeats cargo security.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XF’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Model X doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the XF to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Tesla doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Model X.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Model X, the XF Portfolio/S has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XF’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Model X doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Model X 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 Model X can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XF has a standard rear wiper. The Model X doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

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 Model X doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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

Optional air-conditioned seats in the XF (except Premium) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Model X doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

The XF has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Model X doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

Model Availability

The Jaguar XF comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Tesla Model X isn’t available as a sedan.

The XF is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The Model X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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

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