2020 Jaguar XE vs. 2020 Volkswagen Passat

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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 Passat doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the XE and Passat 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 Passat’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 Passat 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 Passat doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The XE offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Passat only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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 Passat doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XE and the Passat 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 blind spot warning systems 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 Passat’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 Passat’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 Passat (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 Passat’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 73 more horsepower (247 vs. 174) and 63 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 206) than the Passat’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 122 more horsepower (296 vs. 174) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 206) than the Passat’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the XE 25t is faster than the Volkswagen Passat:

XE

Passat

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.8 sec

5.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

91 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XE 25t RWD gets better city fuel mileage than the Passat (25 city/34 hwy vs. 23 city/34 hwy).

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

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 Passat.

Brakes and Stopping

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

XE

XE R-Dynamic

Passat

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

10.7 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 Passat are solid, not vented.

The XE stops shorter than the Passat:

XE

Passat

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XE has larger standard tires than the Passat (225/45R18 vs. 215/55R17).

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 Passat’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 Passat R-Line’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Passat. The XE R-Dynamic S’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Passat R-Line.

Suspension and Handling

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The XE has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Passat’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

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 Passat’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 Passat doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XE’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Passat (111.6 inches vs. 110.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XE is .9 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Passat.

The XE handles at .86 G’s, while the Passat R-Line pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XE executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Passat R-Line (26.4 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis

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The XE is 9.4 inches shorter than the Passat, 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 Passat’s liftover is 28.2 inches.

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the XE’s trunk lid uses concealed beam hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Passat’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

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 Passat doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the XE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Passat. 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 Passat doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The XE’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Passat has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

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 Passat can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The XE’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Passat’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Passat 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 Passat doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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 Passat’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Passat offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the XE keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Passat doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the XE’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Passat doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The XE has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Passat SE/R-Line/SEL.

Both the XE and the Passat 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 Passat 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 Passat doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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