2020 Lexus GS Series vs. 2020 Jaguar XF

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lexus GS Series are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XF doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the GS Series helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The XF doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the GS Series and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Lexus’ powertrain warranty covers the GS Series 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Jaguar covers the XF. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the XF ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

There are over 43 percent more Lexus dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the GS Series’ warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the GS Series’ reliability 54 points higher than the XF.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 62 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The GS Series’ 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 64 more horsepower (311 vs. 247) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 269) than the XF 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The GS Series’ 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (311 vs. 296) than the XF 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the GS Series’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the XF:

GS Series

GS Series F Sport

XF 25t/20d

XF 30t/S

Front Rotors

13.1 inches

14 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

The GS Series stops much shorter than the XF:

GS Series

XF

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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The GS 350 handles at .94 G’s, while the XF Sedan AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The GS 350 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the XF Sedan AWD (25.4 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the GS Series’ turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the XF’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet). The GS Series AWD’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the XF’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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The GS Series is 5.6 inches narrower than the XF, making the GS Series easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The design of the Lexus GS Series amounts to more than styling. The GS Series has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the XF (.28 to .29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the GS Series get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The GS Series has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XF (99 vs. 95).

The GS Series has .9 inches more front headroom, .8 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear legroom than the XF Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

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The GS Series has a larger trunk than the XF Sedan with its rear seat up (18.4 vs. 17.8 cubic feet).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 56% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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The GS Series’ instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XF does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The GS Series has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XF doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the GS Series has standard extendable sun visors. The XF doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the GS Series owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the GS Series will cost $1395 less than the XF over a five-year period.

The GS Series will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the GS Series will retain 36.47% to 42.36% of its original price after five years, while the XF only retains 30.59% to 36.49%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Lexus GS Series will be $4394 to $19971 less than for the Jaguar XF.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lexus GS Series, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Lexus GS Series outsold the Jaguar XF by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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