2020 Jaguar XE vs. 2020 Volkswagen Arteon

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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 Volkswagen Arteon doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the XE and Arteon 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 Arteon’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’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 Arteon doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XE and the Arteon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, 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 Arteon’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The XE’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Arteon’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE for 3 years and 40,000 miles longer than Volkswagen pays for maintenance for the Arteon (5/60,000 vs. 2/20,000).

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 Arteon’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 28 more horsepower (296 vs. 268) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the XE 25t is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon:

XE

Arteon

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

91.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XE gets better fuel mileage than the Arteon:

XE

Arteon

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (247 HP)/8-spd. Auto

25 city/34 hwy

22 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (247 HP)/8-spd. Auto

24 city/34 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (296 HP)/8-spd. Auto

22 city/30 hwy

n/a

Regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Arteon doesn’t offer a regenerative braking 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 Volkswagen Arteon (3). This means the XE produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Arteon every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XE R-Dynamic’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Arteon:

XE R-Dynamic

Arteon

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.2 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 Arteon are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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The XE R-Dynamic S’ optional 265/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Arteon’s optional 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The XE has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the XE flat and controlled during cornering. The Arteon’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Arteon doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The XE handles at .86 G’s, while the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Arteon SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion (26.4 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 26.9 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XE’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (36.8 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

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The Jaguar XE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the Volkswagen Arteon.

The XE is 7.2 inches shorter than the Arteon, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The XE has .3 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more front shoulder room than the Arteon.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE offers cargo security. The Arteon’s hatchback body style and non-lockable folding seat defeat cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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

Ergonomics

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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 Arteon doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 Arteon 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 Arteon doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 Arteon doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Recommendations

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The Jaguar XE outsold the Volkswagen Arteon by 45% during 2019.

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