2019 Volkswagen Arteon vs. 2019 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Volkswagen Arteon 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.

The Arteon has a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XE doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Arteon offers optional Maneuver Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The XE doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Arteon and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

The Arteon comes with a full 6-year/72000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car. The XE’s 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 12000 miles sooner.

The Arteon’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the XE’s (10 vs. 6 years).

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

Reliability

The Volkswagen Arteon’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the XE’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Volkswagen vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 24th in initial quality. With 45 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 Volkswagen vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Volkswagen 19th in reliability. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Engine

The Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 21 more horsepower (268 vs. 247) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Arteon has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE Diesel’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Arteon’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XE:

 

Arteon

XE

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Arteon has larger tires than the XE (245/45R18 vs. 225/45R18). The Arteon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (245/45R18 vs. 235/35R20).

The Arteon’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XE’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Arteon has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the XE.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Arteon a Large car, while the XE is rated a Compact.

The Arteon has 5.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (96.2 vs. 91).

The Arteon has .7 inches more front headroom and 5.2 inches more rear legroom than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

The Arteon has a much larger trunk than the XE (27.2 vs. 14.7 cubic feet).

The Arteon’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.

Ergonomics

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

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