2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vs. 2019 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 4 Series Gran Coupe 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 and around view monitors.

Warranty

The 4 Series Gran Coupe’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 4 Series Gran Coupe’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 4 Series Gran Coupe first among compact premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The XE isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 61 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 4 Series Gran Coupe gets better fuel mileage than the XE:

MPG

4 Series Gran Coupe

RWD

440i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

AWD

440i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

XE

RWD

S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

AWD

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 4 Series Gran Coupe higher (3 to 7 out of 10) than the Jaguar XE (1 to 7). This means the 4 Series Gran Coupe produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XE every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The 4 Series Gran Coupe’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 4 Series Gran Coupe stops much shorter than the XE:

4 Series

XE

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The 4 Series Gran Coupe’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 4 Series Gran Coupe 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 4 Series Gran Coupe 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 430i Gran Coupe 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 4 Series Gran Coupe is 5.5 inches narrower than the XE, making the 4 Series Gran Coupe easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 430i Gran Coupe xDrive is quieter than the XE R-Sport AWD:

4 Series

XE

At idle

40 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

73 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

The 4 Series Gran Coupe has 2.9 inches more front headroom and .7 inches more front legroom than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

The 4 Series Gran Coupe has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the XE (17 vs. 14.7 cubic feet).

The 4 Series Gran Coupe’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

The 4 Series Gran Coupe 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.

Model Availability

The BMW 4 Series comes in coupe, convertible and four-door hatchback bodystyles; the Jaguar XE isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Recommendations

The 4 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2014. The XE has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 4 Series was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The XE has never been an “All Star.”

The BMW 4 Series outsold the Jaguar XE by almost seven to one during 2018.

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