2020 Acura TLX vs. 2020 Jaguar XE

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Safety

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The TLX V6’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XE doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Acura TLX 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 TLX 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the TLX its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 174 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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Acura’s powertrain warranty covers the TLX 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the XE. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XE ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 62 percent more Acura dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the TLX’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 TLX’s reliability 37 points higher than the XE.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Acura vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Acura 24th in initial quality. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

Engine

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The TLX’s optional 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 43 more horsepower (290 vs. 247) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Acura TLX V6 is faster than the XE 25t:

TLX

XE

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.4 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the TLX V6’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 Acura TLX uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The XE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The TLX has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The XE doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Acura TLX V6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XE.

The TLX offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The XE doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The TLX stops shorter than the XE:

TLX

XE

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the TLX A-Spec’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (245/40R19 vs. 235/35R20).

The TLX has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The XE doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

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The TLX uses 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.

Passenger Space

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The TLX has 2.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (93.3 vs. 91).

The TLX has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Acura service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Acura 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 41% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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The TLX’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XE doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the TLX 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 XE can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The TLX’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The XE’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The TLX 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.

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the TLX owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the TLX will cost $755 to $8495 less than the XE over a five-year period.

The TLX will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the TLX will retain 39.92% to 41.77% of its original price after five years, while the XE only retains 31.71% to 35.6%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Acura TLX will be $7650 to $21188 less than for the Jaguar XE.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Acura TLX, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Acura TLX outsold the Jaguar XE by over six to one during the 2019 model year.

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