The Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Jaguar XJ are two representations of what a luxury sedan should be. As both manufacturers flagship sedans, you can expect to get the best in the world in every sense of the word. On the outside, the two vehicles look like they belong together as they stand with purpose and determination. Distinguishing between brands is not too difficult if you are trained in the luxury sedan industry, but if you are not someone who bleeds cars, they just look like to elegant machines that a celebrity might drive.
On the inside, you will find extreme luxury and comfort in both the front and the back seats alike with reclining rear seats, refrigerated glove compartments and endless features that will keep you occupied for decades. So what is the difference between the two?
|2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 Sedan||VS||2016 Jaguar XJ Supercharged|
|4.7L Biturbo V8||Engine||5.0L Supercharged V8|
|449 HP||Horsepower||470 HP|
|516 lb-ft||Torque||424 lb-ft|
|4.8 Seconds||0-60||4.9 Seconds|
There is one major distinction between Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz and that is the type of forced induction used on the engines. The Jaguar XJ is supercharged, blowing air through the front of the engine. The S-Class is equipped with a biturbocharging system. This means it uses two identical turbochargers to suck air through the exhaust. Both techniques are opportune for making extra power, but the power they make is not the same.
The Jaguar does in fact have more horsepower than the Mercedes-Benz, but thanks to the biturbos, the Mercedes-Benz has a lot more torque. This is ideal for accelerating from zero to sixty or making quick passes on the highway, which is what most drivers will use these cars for. For example, the S-Class has less horsepower than the XJ, but it accelerates faster thanks to the better use of materials and space. If you are in the market for a new luxury sedan, we have to insist you at least drive an S-Class before losing your money to a Jaguar. You won't regret it. If you have any questions about this comparison, let us know today by scheduling a test drive at Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale!