2020 Chrysler 300 vs. 2020 Jaguar XF

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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 XF doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the 300 and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

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 XF.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the 300 third among large cars in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The XF 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 XF:

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.

XF 25t 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XF 30t 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XF S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

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 XF 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 XF requires premium, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

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 XF doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The 300 stops shorter than the XF:

300

XF

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 XF 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 3.5 inches longer than on the XF (120 inches vs. 116.5 inches).

The 300S handles at .85 G’s, while the XF Sedan AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The 300S executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the XF Sedan AWD (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the 300’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the XF’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the 300S is quieter than the XF S Sedan AWD (39 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the 300 a Large car, while the XF Sedan is rated a Mid-size.

The 300 has 11.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XF (106.3 vs. 95).

The 300 has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XF Sedan.

Towing

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

Ergonomics

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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 XF 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 XF.

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 XF doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chrysler 300 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The XF doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 $2845 to $7920 less than the XF 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 $20790 to $28295 less than for the Jaguar XF.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Chrysler 300, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Chrysler 300 outsold the Jaguar XF by almost 25 to one during 2019.

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