2020 BMW 3 Series Sedan vs. 2019 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 3 Series Sedan’s 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.

Both the 3 Series Sedan 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 3 Series Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The 3 Series Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XE’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 3 Series Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 20th in initial quality. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

The 3 Series Sedan has more powerful engines than the XE:

Horsepower

Torque

330i 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

255 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

M340i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

382 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XE 30t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XE S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 3 Series Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the XE:

MPG

3 Series Sedan

RWD

330i 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/36 hwy

M340i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

AWD

330i 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

M340i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

XE

RWD

25t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

30t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

AWD

25t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/34 hwy

30t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

S 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/29 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

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

Transmission

The 3 Series Sedan’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The XE doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 3 Series Sedan’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XE:

3 Series

XE

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The 3 Series Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the XE are solid, not vented.

The 3 Series Sedan stops much shorter than the XE:

3 Series

XE

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The 330i’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 330i has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the XE.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 3 Series Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XE doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 330i xDrive handles at .89 G’s, while the XE R-Sport AWD pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

The 3 Series Sedan is 5.5 inches narrower than the XE, making the 3 Series Sedan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the 3 Series Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XE doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The 3 Series Sedan has 1.7 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, .6 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

The 3 Series Sedan’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 3 Series Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The BMW 3 Series comes in sedan, four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Jaguar XE isn’t available as a four door hatchback or station wagon.

Recommendations

The BMW 3 Series outsold the Jaguar XE by over 9 to one during 2018.

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