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Autocar: Jaguar XJ vs. Mercedes S-Class (AutoBild: Jag XJ vs. BMW 7-series -> inside)

Discussion in 'Internal Combustion' started by ree, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. ree

    ree Well-Known Member

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    The new Jaguar XJ has been pitted against the Mercedes S-class in the latest Autocar head-to-head.


    Writer Matt Saunders pitted the Jaguar XJ 3.0D Portfolio LWB against the Mercedes S350L CDI for the test.


    Saunders first gets behind the wheel of the S-class, concluding that it is unflappably stable. "it consumes long distances with breathtaking calm," he says. "Its steering is weighty, a little inert but perfect for performing unhurried,, sweeping lane changes.
    "And its throttle and brake pedal allow you to mete out just enough acceleration or stopping power to deal with traffic lights without disturbing the stillness on board."…


    Jaguar XJ v Mercedes S-class - Autocar.co.uk


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  2. HighestOfHigh

    HighestOfHigh Global Moderator Staff Member Contributing Member

    Love them both! Even though their in the same class, based on the visuals they seem to serve a different purpose. The Jaguar looks more sportier were as the Benz has that sophisticated business meeting look. Still wouldn't mine owning either one.

    Thanks again for the photos ree!
     
  3. dr Dunkel

    dr Dunkel Global Moderator Staff Member

    I love what Jaguar has done in this generation but there is simply nothing there that would lure me away from the S-class. At least not if I was to pay for it myself.
     
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  4. LaArtist

    LaArtist Banned

    thats what you need to think about in the end..
    Would i pay for this car..
    And the answer is no for the jag..

    Hot car though:)
     
  5. ree

    ree Well-Known Member

    Just remember this test:

    7-series vs. Jag XJ

    Jaguar XJ gegen BMW 7er im Test - Jaguar XJ zeigt BMW 7er die Krallen - Testberichte - autobild.de

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    Love the XJ interior…such a door panel should be on the Mulsanne as well:

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    Here, the XJ got the 1st place, because it was pure fun to drive.
     
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  6. footie

    footie Banned

    The new XJ is simply glorious, even the rear which in pictures doesn't quite gel but actually does in real life. Inside is a real culture shock to the system, at least that was my feelings when I saw it. Another worth mentioning is the stereo (B&W setup), I have the B&W setup in my XF and it's brilliant beyond compare but compared to the new XJ it's good but no longer outstanding.

    If I were in the market for such a machine I would definitely place the XJ first, it's by far the prettiest, it's handling is meant to be exceptional and it offers the most kit for your dosh. The A8 is brilliant but too ugly to consider now, the S-class too old and the 7 series this the unloved rival that never lives up to the standards set by the 3 and 5 in there respective sectors.
     
  7. Just_me

    Just_me Well-Known Member

    Perhaps it's just_me but the rear is horrible. XF looks much better.
     
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  8. cawimmer430

    cawimmer430 Well-Known Member

    Wow, I seriously need to apply at Autocar as a car photographer! Because under my watch there would never be droplets of water inside the car that is about to be photographed. There would never be a dirty and wet floor mat on the floor either. This is a horrible picture and also makes the interior look bad (also because it was taken with flash). :t-banghea

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  9. Merc1

    Merc1 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

    S-Class w/AMG pack or SWB 7-Series with M/pack for me. Jaguar is just too ugly in the rear.

    M
     
  10. HighestOfHigh

    HighestOfHigh Global Moderator Staff Member Contributing Member

    Lol...Merc, the XJ can't catch a break with you. I understand though. It's something about that rear that just doesn't sit right.

    Good Catch! I didn't even notice that at first. It also seems to be some sticky substance on the arm rest as well.
     
  11. Giannis

    Giannis Global Moderator / Editor Staff Member

    The car is just so bloody dirty. Look at the seat... :D
     
  12. SKY

    SKY Well-Known Member

    S-Class and 7er for me aaaall the way ahead the rare Jag, the side profile and the rear end are a completly mess. I would buy the new A8 before the Jag too.

    I´m surprised to see the Jag beating the BMW in the Autobild test, for me, the bimmer is just way better than the XJ in every single aspect.
     
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  13. cawimmer430

    cawimmer430 Well-Known Member

    Looks like someone was very "excited" inside the S-Class. :t-applaus
     
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  14. Merc1

    Merc1 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

    I think I could do SWB version, in Black of course.


    M
     
  15. MBFanToDeath

    MBFanToDeath Well-Known Member

    +1
     
  16. footie

    footie Banned

    The 7 series I drove was on 20" rims and it's ride was too harsh to be classed as a luxury car, likewise the S-class was too soft to offer any sportiness.

    I would reckon it's a draw between the XJ and the A8, both offer the best compromise between comfort and dynamics but after seeing the A8 in person I just can't warm to it's looks. Great interior, but ugly exterior. I know looks is a personal thing and everyone is different but I too thought the XJ wasn't great at the rear, well that was until I actually saw it in person, I am not saying it's looks are for everyone but I doubt you would still think it's awful if seen in the fresh.
     
  17. HighestOfHigh

    HighestOfHigh Global Moderator Staff Member Contributing Member

    Black is an absolute must with this car.

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  18. Just_me

    Just_me Well-Known Member

    I'm sorry Footie but the rear wont help IRL. Keep your XF.
     
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  19. klier

    klier Member Premium Member

    I don't understand people who can't see through things like that. This isn't a photo competition......
     
  20. bmer

    bmer Well-Known Member

    Autocar, huh? Somehow I was expecting the Jag to win. ;)

     

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