2019 Jaguar XJ vs. 2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the XJ and the E-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available around view monitors.


The XJ comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The E-Class Sedan’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The XJ’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the E-Class Sedan’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XJ for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the E-Class Sedan.


The XJ has more powerful engines than the E-Class Sedan:




XJ 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

XJ Supercharged 5.0 supercharged V8

470 HP

424 lbs.-ft.

XJR575 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

517 lbs.-ft.

E 300 Sedan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

E 450 4MATIC Sedan 3.0 turbo V6

362 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

AMG E 53 Sedan 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid

429 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jaguar XJ 3.0 Supercharged is faster than the E 300 Sedan:



E-Class Sedan

Zero to 60 MPH

5.2 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.7 sec

17.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.5 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The XJ has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the E-Class Sedan 300’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XJ’s brake rotors are larger than those on the E-Class Sedan:



XJ Supercharged/XJR


AMG E 53

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

13.5 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

11.8 inches

14.2 inches

The XJ stops shorter than the E-Class Sedan:





70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

161 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XJR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Class Sedan (F:265/35R20 & R:295/30R20 vs. F:245/40R19 & R:275/35R19).

The XJ’s standard 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the E-Class Sedan’s standard 45 series tires. The XJR’s 265/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the E-Class Sedan’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XJ has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the E-Class Sedan. The XJ’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the E-Class Sedan.

The XJ 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 E-Class Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the E-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

The rear suspension of the XJ uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the E-Class Sedan, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XJ’s wheelbase is 3.7 inches longer than on the E-Class Sedan (119.4 inches vs. 115.7 inches). The XJL’s wheelbase is 8.6 inches longer than on the E-Class Sedan (124.3 inches vs. 115.7 inches).

The XJ’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (51.1% to 48.9%) than the E-Class Sedan’s (54.2% to 45.8%). This gives the XJ more stable handling and braking.


As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the XJL Supercharged is quieter than the E 300 Sedan 4MATIC:





71 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the XJ a Large car, while the E-Class Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The XJ has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the E-Class Sedan (102 vs. 98).

The XJ has 2.1 inches more front headroom and 2.7 inches more rear legroom than the E-Class Sedan.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the XJ L’s available rear seats recline. The E-Class Sedan’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The XJ has a much larger trunk than the E-Class Sedan (15.2 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).


In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XJ offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The XJ has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the E-Class Sedan. The XJ also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the E-Class Sedan.

Standard air conditioned seats in front and rear seats keep the XJ’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The XJ has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the E-Class Sedan.


The XJ was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The E-Class has never been an “All Star.”

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