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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XE have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Kia Cadenza doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.
Both the XE and Cadenza have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XE has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Cadenza’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The XE has a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The XE offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Cadenza doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
Compared to metal, the XE’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Kia Cadenza has a metal gas tank.
Both the XE and the Cadenza have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, collision warning systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The XE’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Cadenza’s (6/unlimited vs. 5/100,000).
Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Kia doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Cadenza.
The battery on the XE is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XE’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Cadenza’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.
The XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 253) than the Cadenza’s 3.3 DOHC V6. The XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 6 more horsepower (296 vs. 290) and 42 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 253) than the Cadenza’s 3.3 DOHC V6.
On the EPA test cycle the XE 25t RWD gets better fuel mileage than the Cadenza (25 city/34 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XE’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Cadenza doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar XE higher (7 out of 10) than the Kia Cadenza (3). This means the XE produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Cadenza every 15,000 miles.
For better stopping power the XE’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Cadenza:
The XE R-Dynamic’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Cadenza are solid, not vented.
The XE R-Dynamic S’ optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cadenza Limited’s 40 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE R-Dynamic S offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Cadenza’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.
The XE offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Cadenza’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.
The XE’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Cadenza doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
The XE handles at .86 G’s, while the Cadenza Limited pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The XE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the Cadenza Limited (26.4 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s).
The Jaguar XE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Kia Cadenza.
The XE is 1 foot shorter than the Cadenza, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the XE easier. The XE’s trunk lift-over height is 25.5 inches, while the Cadenza’s liftover is 29.6 inches.
The XE’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Cadenza doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.
With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE offers cargo security. The Cadenza’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the XE offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.
The engine in the XE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Cadenza. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.
The XE offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The XE’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Cadenza’s standard rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.
If the windows are left open on the XE the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Cadenza can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XE to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Cadenza doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XE offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Cadenza doesn’t offer headlight washers.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the XE (except Base) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Cadenza doesn’t offer cornering lights.
A power rear sunshade is optional in the XE to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Cadenza doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.
The XE’s standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cadenza has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
The XE’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Cadenza doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Jaguar XE outsold the Kia Cadenza by over two to one during 2019.
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