2020 Chevrolet Malibu vs. 2019 Jaguar XE

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Malibu are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The XE doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Malibu 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Malibu the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.


There are almost 18 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Malibu’s warranty.


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 Malibu’s reliability 17 points higher than the XE.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Malibu first among midsize cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XE isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, 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 Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.


As tested in Motor Trend the Malibu Premier 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.2 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Malibu uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended on Malibu Premier for maximum performance). The XE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Malibu has a gallon more fuel capacity than the XE Diesel’s standard fuel tank (15.8 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Malibu 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.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chevrolet Malibu higher (5 to 7 out of 10) than the Jaguar XE (1 to 7). This means the Malibu produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XE every 15,000 miles.


A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Malibu Premier, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XE.

The Malibu has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The XE doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Malibu stops much shorter than the XE:



70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Malibu RS/Premier’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (245/45R18 vs. 235/35R20).

Suspension and Handling

The Malibu Premier handles at .88 G’s, while the XE AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Malibu Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the XE AWD (26.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).


The Chevrolet Malibu may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 700 pounds less than the Jaguar XE.

The front grille of the Malibu (except 2.0 Turbo) 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.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Malibu LT is quieter than the XE R-Sport AWD:



At idle

42 dB

43 dB


71 dB

73 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Malibu a Mid-size car, while the XE is rated a Compact.

The Malibu has 11.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (102.9 vs. 91).

The Malibu has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 3.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

The front step up height for the Malibu is 1.5 inches lower than the XE (13.5” vs. 15”). The Malibu’s rear step up height is .9 inches lower than the XE’s (14.1” vs. 15”).

Cargo Capacity

The Malibu has a larger trunk than the XE (15.7 vs. 14.7 cubic feet).

The Malibu’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.


The Malibu has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The XE has no towing capacity.


The Malibu’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XE does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Consumer Reports rated the Malibu’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the XE’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

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

The Malibu Premier has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XE doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.


The Chevrolet Malibu outsold the Jaguar XE by almost 31 to one during 2018.

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