2020 Chrysler 300 vs. 2020 Jaguar XE

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Chrysler 300 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 300 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, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Chrysler 300 weighs 453 to 995 pounds more than the Jaguar XE. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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There are over 14 times as many Chrysler dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 300’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 300’s reliability 63 points higher than the XE.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large 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 Chrysler vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chrysler 25th in initial quality. With 10 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 Chrysler vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chrysler 16th in reliability. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The 300 has more powerful engines than the XE:

Horsepower

Torque

300 3.6 DOHC V6

292 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

300S 3.6 DOHC V6

300 HP

264 lbs.-ft.

300 5.7 V8

363 HP

394 lbs.-ft.

XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XE 30t 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Chrysler 300 V6 is faster than the XE 25t:

300

XE

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

7.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.6 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.8 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the 300 V8’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 Chrysler 300 uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The XE requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The 300 has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE (18.5 vs. 16.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The 300 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.

Brakes and Stopping

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The 300 stops shorter than the XE:

300

XE

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the 300’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (245/45R20 vs. 235/35R20).

Having a flat tire is dangerous, inconvenient and expensive. The self-sealing tires available on the 300 can automatically seal most punctures up to 3/16 of an inch, effectively preventing most flat tires. The XE doesn’t offer self-sealing tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the 300’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the XE (120 inches vs. 111.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the 300 is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XE.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the 300 a Large car, while the XE is rated a Compact.

The 300 has 15.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE (106.3 vs. 91).

The 300 has 1.6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear legroom and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

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The 300 has a much larger trunk than the XE (16.3 vs. 14.5 cubic feet).

Towing

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The 300 has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The XE has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The 300 (except Base)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The XE doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The 300 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the 300 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the XE.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the 300 has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the 300 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the 300 will cost $325 to $8225 less than the XE over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chrysler 300 will be $6467 to $17530 less than for the Jaguar XE.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Chrysler 300, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar XE isn't recommended.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Jaguar XE by over 8 to one during 2019.

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