HEAD TO HEAD: Jaguar XF Vs. BMW 5-Series – AskMen

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HEAD TO HEAD: Jaguar XF Vs. BMW

Partly because it was the professional to do, but mainly because I was bored at 40,000ft on my way to Arizona for my rendezvous the Jaguar XF, I whipped out its spec and compared it with that of the BMW against which we planned to it the following day. I’ll say now it didn’t make pretty

And if you’ll bear with me, put you in the same picture I found in before climbing aboard; it give a sense of scale to the that Jaguar’s most new car of the last generation now must

The XF waiting for us in Phoenix to face the is the slightly tortuously entitled V8 Luxury, which carries a tag of $55,200, compared with for the 550i. BMW, in its wisdom, has to provide us with a 550i which changes its price (to but not the underlying sense that has jacked the price of the XF through the Fact is, this normally XF not only costs more the S-type it replaces, but more than the supercharged S-type R used to top the range.

True, XF and 550i use normally aspirated V8 but while the Jag’s displaces 4.2 the BMW’s has 4.8 liters so, unsurprisingly, it has more power and torque, it much quicker. Jaguar a 6.5sec sprint to 62mph for the XF BMW claims 5.3sec, even fitted with an automatic like the one that comes as in the Jag. Yet astonishingly, it is the BMW that less fuel on all quoted

It is also a fraction lighter.

brings us to a fairly blunt line: there is not a single figure the most tedious of bar-room bore would of quoting in the local juicer puts the Jaguar on top; if you set a lot of by statistical evidence, the BMW has won this without turning a wheel.

if you don’t, the task facing the today remains demonstrably This, after all, is the a breed of BMW that has remained on top of its through its last three dating back to 1988. you, knowing the desperate straits Jaguar has been in the development of the XF, bet on it being the one to topple it?

But conclude that this is already run – not yet, at You have only to look at the most recent Jaguar, the XK to know that Jaguar a perhaps unrivalled ability to up in design flair and engineering what it has so painfully often in folding readies. On paper, an XK seems just as disadvantaged a 650i coupe as does the XF to the 550i, yet there’s not a person a pulse in our office who’d past the XK to get to the 6-series.

Parked it, the Jaguar XF is startlingly more than the 550i. Although it is bigger than its rival in important dimension, the Jag appears to be lithe and sleek, thanks to its four-door coupe design and the BMW’s Sport Package

Which is not to say the XF is perfect; I like everything about it apart the nose in general and the headlights in which simply seem not to fit the of the car. You notice it most in or dark colors. This car is not the XK, a car that can appear a little odd on the page but which always gorgeous in the real world.

If the of the XF seems awkward to you, because it is. And it is Jaguar’s simple fortune that the 5-series, for all its and manifest talents, is so externally

Inside, however, the XF makes no with its appearance. Jaguar director Ian Callum says as time was spent working on the of the XF as its exterior and frankly it shows, for is no classier cabin in the segment.

The is a particular triumph, comprising dials, a swooping fascia and the uneasy alliance of wood and working together with harmony. By contrast, the 5-series’ environment looks functional but lacking entirely the sense of offered by the Jag’s interior. a place to help you go about business, but never does it you feel at home like the of the Jaguar.

Unless, of course, it is unlucky fate to be stuffed the back seat of the XF. Both and BMW have larger sedans to so it’s no surprise that offers space to sprawl, but the 5-series offers adequate for four decent-sized adults, the XF not, lacking both and legroom.

Jaguar is keen to point out there’s a lot more room in the of the XF than there was in the S-type, but like saying measles are than mumps: true, but rather not have to put up with Jaguar also claims the XF has the trunk in the class, but fails to this is only true if you up the right to a spare tire. one in place, the BMW’s trunk is and it has run-flat tires as standard.

again, perhaps we are looking at the XF the way. Its chief engineer, Mohan, is fairly frank on the saying, We are not in the transportation business. We are in the business.

That sounds one of the cheesy excuses for building a car that we hear from to time. But then you actually get XF out onto the open road.

deal with the difficult bit The BMW has such a power advantage vs 294hp) that even if its were useless it would be able to drive away the XF on a decent road. But as we all know, the chassis is extremely accomplished.

with typical fluency that engine, it confers a of point-to-point speed that, not enough to embarrass the Jaguar, is substantially superior.

Whether is a significant advantage or not depends on how you value driving flat out to at any given place a few seconds than you would had you bought a instead. I’ve always more interested in the journey the arrival time, and regardless of we are running fast down the flinging the cars up a mountain or snarled in city traffic, the driving seat is always the I want to be.

Away from the hard and into the less easily but no less important world of how a car and how it makes its driver feel, particular XF offers an enticing beyond anything the BMW can match.

The for instance, is as good as any I’ve in this class of car. of appearing to react to your so that your progress is by the process of input followed by it flows as seamlessly as if your were steering the front themselves. Good though the steering is, it can’t do that.

The XF rides with rare and is untroubled in this area by the BMW its needless Sport suspension.

If the of the 550i’s setup over of the XF was matched by a commensurate advantage in over a difficult road, there would be some to it; there’s not.

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Although the XF is more supple, it controls its movements just as well, and if its levels are not quite so high, the of its chassis is such that it can be with even greater than the still-excellent 5-series. And on the limit, while the Jaguar has a more inherent understeer the commendably neutral BMW, it throttle-induced changes of direction neatly, and feels at least as as a result.

But it is the powertrain that springs the surprise. BMW furnished us with a 550i, which did its case no at all because the change is notchy and to the torque characteristics of the engine. But we that even with the ZF auto offered as standard by the the BMW would still feel special to drive, despite its performance.

Jaguar can make gearbox do things that of the other brands that use it can of. Its changes are snappy and smooth in directions, and when you use the paddles on the column to call up an instant the speed with which it while perfectly blipping the to match the revs, is reminiscent of a DSG gearbox; it really is that Yet set the controls to cruise and you at once the car has a transmission at all, unless you to spot the occasional repositioning of the needle.

The speed with the ‘box reacts also you are rarely (if ever) aware of the comparative lack of low-down The engine is so sweet and sonorous in its reaches, and the gearbox so eager to it there when you’re on, that holding the motor in the band (where it works isn’t just easy, natural. The BMW engine will greater grunt at all points in the rev but it’s never as easy on the ear or so free-spinning at the top end.

So it is because the XF is such a delight to sit in (up and drive that I’m to give it the nod here, and the designers and at Jaguar who have sweated so for so long, with so few resources at disposal, are right to feel

Building a car to beat a 5-series is a that has foxed many of the greatest brains for most of the 20 years, but Jaguar has pulled off to many must have near enough impossible. It also be said that the aspirated V8 XF is a clearly superior to its more expensive ($62,200), likeable supercharged sister.

But is not the only issue that this victory, for in truth it as many questions as it answers. For how will it stack up against the CLS, a car whose four-door design was clearly studied by Jaguar? We look forward to answers to this and many questions in the coming months.

In the I would not be so mean as to begrudge its victory here; it is deserved for But the real test is yet to come.

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