2019 Mazda 6 vs. 2019 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mazda 6 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XE doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Mazda 6 and the XE 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 and available around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Mazda 6 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.


There are almost 4 times as many Mazda dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 6’s warranty.


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 Mazda 6’s reliability 45 points higher than the XE.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 22nd in initial quality. With 48 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mazda 14th in reliability. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.


As tested in Consumer Reports the Mazda 6 (base engine) is faster than the XE 25t:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.8 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.5 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Mazda 6 (except Turbo)’s fuel efficiency. The XE doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Mazda 6 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature for maximum performance). The XE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Mazda 6 has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE Diesel’s standard fuel tank (16.4 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mazda 6 higher (3 to 7 out of 10) than the Jaguar XE (1 to 7). This means the Mazda 6 produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XE every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Mazda 6 Touring/Signature’s front brake rotors are larger than those standard on the XE:


Mazda6 Turbo


Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The Mazda 6 stops shorter than the XE:


Mazda 6



70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

The Mazda 6 Grand Touring handles at .84 G’s, while the XE AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.


The Mazda 6 (except Sport) offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XE doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Mazda 6 Touring is quieter than the XE R-Sport AWD (42 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Mazda 6 a Mid-size car, while the XE is rated a Compact.

The Mazda 6 has 8.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (99.7 vs. 91).

The Mazda 6 has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, 3.7 inches more rear legroom and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

The Mazda 6’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The XE Base doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.


The Mazda 6 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XE doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Consumer Reports rated the Mazda 6’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the XE’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Mazda 6 has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Mazda 6, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar XE isn't recommended.

The Mazda 6 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 2 of the last 6 years. The XE has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Mazda 6 outsold the Jaguar XE by almost seven to one during 2018.

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