2020 Jaguar XE vs. 2020 Mazda 6

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Safety

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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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the XE and Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6’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 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The XE’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the XE’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda 6 has a metal gas tank.

Both the XE and the Mazda 6 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The XE comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Mazda 6’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The XE’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mazda 6’s (6 vs. 5 years).

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. Mazda doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Mazda 6.

Reliability

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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 Mazda 6’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 60 more horsepower (247 vs. 187) and 83 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 186) than the Mazda 6’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 46 more horsepower (296 vs. 250) than the Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the XE 25t is faster than the Mazda 6 4 cyl.:

XE

Mazda 6

Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

9.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.8 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XE 25t RWD gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature turbo 4 cyl. (25 city/34 hwy vs. 23 city/31 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar XE higher (7 out of 10) than the Mazda 6 (3 to 7). This means the XE produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Mazda 6 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar XE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Mazda 6.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XE’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mazda 6:

XE

XE R-Dynamic

Mazda 6

Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

11.7 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

10.9 inches

10.9 inches

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 Mazda 6 are solid, not vented.

The XE stops shorter than the Mazda 6:

XE

Mazda 6

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XE R-Dynamic S’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 6 (F:235/35R20 & R:265/30R20 vs. 225/55R17).

The XE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mazda 6 Sport’s standard 55 series tires. The XE R-Dynamic S’ optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Mazda 6 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature’s 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Mazda 6 Sport. The XE R-Dynamic S’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Mazda 6 Touring/Grand Touring/Signature.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Mazda 6’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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The XE handles at .86 G’s, while the Mazda 6 Grand Touring pulls only .82 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 Mazda 6 Touring (26.4 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The XE is 8.5 inches shorter than the Mazda 6, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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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 Mazda 6’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE offers cargo security. The Mazda 6’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the XE. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XE’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

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The XE uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Mazda 6 uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the XE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Mazda 6. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The power windows standard on both the XE and the Mazda 6 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the XE is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Mazda 6 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Mazda 6 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The XE’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Mazda 6’s power lock switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 Mazda 6 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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XE to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The XE’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Mazda only offers heated mirrors on the Mazda 6 Grand Touring/Signature.

When the XE is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Mazda 6’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the XE and the Mazda 6 offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the XE has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Jaguar XE offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The Mazda 6 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 Mazda 6 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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