2020 Jaguar XF vs. 2020 Cadillac CT5 V-Series

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XF 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 Cadillac CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the XF and CT5 V-Series have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XF 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 CT5 V-Series’ 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 XF 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 CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XF’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 CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XF and the CT5 V-Series 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The XF comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The CT5 V-Series’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Cadillac only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the CT5 V-Series.

Engine

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The XF S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 20 more horsepower (380 vs. 360) than the CT5 V-Series’ 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XF Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the CT5 V-Series:

MPG

XF Sedan

RWD

25t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

30t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

AWD

25t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

30t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

S 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

CT5 V-Series

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/25 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the XF’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XF has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the CT5 V-Series (19.5 vs. 17.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar XF higher (7 out of 10) than the Cadillac CT5 V-Series (5). This means the XF produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the CT5 V-Series every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XF 30t/S’ brake rotors are larger than those on the CT5 V-Series:

XF 30t/S

CT5 V-Series

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.4 inches

The XF’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the CT5 V-Series are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CT5 V-Series (255/35R20 vs. 245/40R19).

The XF’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CT5 V-Series’ 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF offers optional 20-inch wheels. The CT5 V-Series’ largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The XF has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the CT5 V-Series; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The XF Sportbrake has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The XF’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.2% to 49.8%) than the CT5 V-Series’ (52.9% to 47.1%). This gives the XF more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the CT5 V-Series’ (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet). The XF’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the CT5 V-Series AWD’s (38.1 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 400 pounds less than the Cadillac CT5 V-Series.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the XF S Sedan AWD is quieter than the CT5 V-Series:

XF

CT5 V-Series

At idle

40 dB

43 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

86 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space

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The XF Sedan has .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CT5 V-Series.

Cargo Capacity

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The XF Sedan has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the CT5 V-Series (19.1 vs. 11.9 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XF offers cargo security. The CT5 V-Series’ non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the XF (except Premium) 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 CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the CT5 V-Series, the XF S has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XF to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The CT5 V-Series 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 XF has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The CT5 V-Series’ optional cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The XF’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XF S Sedan and manual rear side window sunshades are optional in the XF S to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The CT5 V-Series doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

Both the XF and the CT5 V-Series offer optional heated front seats. The XF also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CT5 V-Series.

Model Availability

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The Jaguar XF comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Cadillac CT5 V-Series isn’t available as a station wagon.

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