2021 BMW 5 Series Sedan vs. 2020 Jaguar XF

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The 5 Series Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XF doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The 5 Series Sedan has standard PostCrash iBrake, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XF doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The 5 Series Sedan offers optional Active Park Distance Control that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The XF doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the 5 Series Sedan helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera 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 5 Series Sedan and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 5 Series Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 82 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XF has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The 5 Series Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XF’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are almost 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the 5 Series Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 18th in initial quality. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 29th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The 5 Series Sedan has more powerful engines than the XF:

Horsepower

Torque

530i 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

540i 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder hybrid

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

M550i 4.4 turbo V8

523 HP

553 lbs.-ft.

XF 25t 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XF 30t 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XF S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the 540i 3.0 turbo 6-cylinder is faster than the XF S 3.0 supercharged V6:

5 Series Sedan

XF

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.1 sec

12.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.5 sec

2.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.2 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109 MPH

104 MPH

Top Speed

155 MPH

128 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the 5 Series Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the XF Sedan:

MPG

5 Series Sedan

RWD

530i 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

540i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

25 city/32 hwy

AWD

530i 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/32 hwy

540i 3.0 turbo 6-cyl. Hybrid

23 city/31 hwy

M550i 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/25 hwy

XF Sedan

RWD

30t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

AWD

30t 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

S 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

Transmission

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The 5 Series Sedan’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The XF doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the 5 Series Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XF:

530i

M550i

XF 25t

XF 30t/S

Front Rotors

13.7 inches

14.7 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

13.6 inches

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

The 5 Series Sedan stops much shorter than the XF:

5 Series Sedan

XF

70 to 0 MPH

168 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

103 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The 5 Series Sedan’s optional 275/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XF’s optional 35 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the 5 Series Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XF doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The 5 Series Sedan 540i/M550i offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The XF doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The M550i offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Jaguar doesn’t offer an active suspension on the XF.

The M550i xDrive handles at .92 G’s, while the XF Sedan AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The M550i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the XF Sedan AWD (24.9 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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The design of the BMW 5 Series Sedan amounts to more than styling. The 5 Series Sedan offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .27 to .29 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is lower than the XF (.29 to .32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the 5 Series Sedan get better fuel mileage.

The front grille of the 5 Series Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XF doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the 540i is quieter than the XF S Sedan AWD:

5 Series Sedan

XF

At idle

38 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

68 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

64 dB

Passenger Space

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The 5 Series Sedan has 3.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XF (98.8 vs. 95).

The 5 Series Sedan has 1.7 inches more front headroom and 1.8 inches more front shoulder room than the XF Sedan.

Ergonomics

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The 5 Series Sedan 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.

The 5 Series Sedan offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the XF.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the BMW 5 Series offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XF doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The 5 Series Sedan’s optional Parking Assistant Plus can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. Optional Remote Control Parking will park and retrieve your car remotely: press a button and watch it park itself. This is ideal for tight locations. The XF S’ automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park and it doesn’t offer remote control parking.

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The BMW 5 Series outsold the Jaguar XF by almost 33 to one during 2019.

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