2020 BMW 7 Series vs. 2019 Jaguar XJ

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The 7 Series has standard Post-Crash Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XJ 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 7 Series has standard Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The XJ doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the 7 Series helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight and even aims one of the vehicle’s headlights in the direction of the person or object. The XJ doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the 7 Series and the XJ 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, driver alert monitors and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

The 7 Series’ corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XJ’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 7 Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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 7 Series’ reliability 40 points higher than the XJ.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 7 Series second among large premium cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The XJ isn’t in the top three.

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.

Engine

The 7 Series has more powerful engines than the XJ:

Horsepower

Torque

745e 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid

389 HP

443 lbs.-ft.

750i 4.4 turbo V8

523 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

M760i 6.6 turbo V12

600 HP

627 lbs.-ft.

XJ 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

XJ Supercharged 5.0 V8

470 HP

424 lbs.-ft.

XJR575 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

517 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the 745e running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the XJ AWD (52 city/61 hwy MPGe vs. 17 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the 745e running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the XJ AWD (19 city/26 hwy vs. 17 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the 7 Series gets better fuel mileage than the XJ:

MPG

7 Series

RWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

740i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

750i 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/25 hwy

XJ

RWD

3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/27 hwy

5.0 supercharged V8

15 city/23 hwy

XJR575 5.0 supercharged V8

15 city/23 hwy

AWD

3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/26 hwy

LWB 3.0 supercharged V6

17 city/25 hwy

The 745e can drive on battery power alone for up to 16 miles. The XJ must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the 7 Series’ fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XJ doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Transmission

The 7 Series’ 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 XJ doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 750i’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XJ:

750i

XJ

XJ Supercharged/XJR

Front Rotors

15.5 inches

14 inches

15 inches

The 7 Series stops shorter than the XJ:

7 Series

XJ

70 to 0 MPH

151 feet

159 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 7 Series can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XJ doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The 7 Series has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The XJ’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 7 Series offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The XJ doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the 7 Series uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the XJ, which uses coil springs in front. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The 7 Series offers an available active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Jaguar doesn’t offer an active suspension on the XJ.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 7 Series’ wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the XJL (126.4 inches vs. 124.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the 7 Series is 1.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the XJ.

The Alpina B7 handles at .97 G’s, while the XJL Supercharged pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The 750i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the XJL Portfolio (25.4 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.4 seconds @ .66 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the 7 Series uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XJ doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The 7 Series has 12 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XJ (114 vs. 102).

The 7 Series has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 5.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XJ.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the 7 Series easier. The 7 Series’ trunk lift-over height is 27.2 inches, while the XJ’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the 7 Series’ trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XJ doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics

The 7 Series offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XJ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 7 Series has standard extendable sun visors. The XJ doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the BMW 7 Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The BMW 7 Series outsold the Jaguar XJ by over five to one during 2018.

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