2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class VS 2018 Jaguar XJ

There’s a class of super luxury cars that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the models of both Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs 2018 Jaguar XJ, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs 2018 Jaguar XJ. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Jaguar side-by-side.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. 2018 Jaguar XJ: Performance

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has nimble handling for a car of its size, as well as a smooth ride and powerful engine options. It’s adaptive suspension keeps the ride enjoyable over bumps and dips in the road. The S 450 features a 362-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that’s mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. There are two high-performance trims as well. The S-Class comes standard with rear-wheel drive. Mercedes-Benz AIRMATIC® adaptive suspension system comes standard, which contributes to the S-Class’ serene ride. This car also handles well; it remains planted around curves and there is virtually no body lean.

The 2018 Jaguar XJ is more engaging than most of its rivals. Its responsive steering and controlled body movements make the XJ easy to drive. The base trim level of the XJ comes with a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. This 340-horsepower engine – like all others in the lineup – is accompanied by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Handling is also a highlight for the XJ. Its sporty tuning imparts an athletic quality to its steering and body movements, so the XJ feels more agile than most large luxury cars (especially in its short-wheelbase form). Ride quality is decent, though a touch firmer than what other class rivals offer.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. 2018 Jaguar XJ: Feature Comparison

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arguably the nicest interior in the super luxury car class or of any car in any class. The cabin is spacious and quiet, and every surface is dripping with luxury. Both rows of seats are roomy and supremely comfortable, and there are a million features (almost literally). Standard features in the S-Class include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, Mercedes-Benzmbrace® Connect (which lets you control some vehicle functions from your phone), a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, *Bluetooth®, two USB ports, wireless device charging, and the COMMAND® infotainment system with a 12.3-inch screen, a touchpad controller, and navigation. Standard driver assistance features include driver drowsiness monitoring, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, crosswind assist, and Mercedes-Benz PRESAFE®.

Although the 2018 Jaguar XJ’s cabin is nice enough, a lack of over-the-top features means this interior falls behind the super luxe cabins of many competitors. A mix of high- and medium-grade materials brings down the overall level of opulence. The standard infotainment system in the 2018 XJ is comprised of the InControl Touch Pro infotainment interface, a 10-inch touch screen, a navigation system, a 20-speaker Meridian audio system, smartphone integration, a built-in 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, *Bluetooth®, satellite radio, HD Radio, and two USB ports. Dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a proximity key, and push-button start are also included. The infotainment interface draws criticism for its complex menus and slow response times. Seating comfort, technology, and cargo space are sufficient, but they won’t inspire any oohs and aahs.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vs. 2018 Jaguar XJ: Overall Comparison

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class finishes near the top of the super luxury car rankings. Whether you care more about performance or interior opulence, the S-Class delivers, making it one of the finest automobiles on the market. There are several powerful engines options, and the S-Class also provides poised handling and a sumptuous ride. This Mercedes-Benz offers more features than almost every other car out there, and its cabin quality stands above even other high-priced luxury vehicles. If you’re shopping for a car in this class, this Mercedes-Benz absolutely belongs on your list.

Nimble handling, muscular engines, and sophisticated styling help make the 2018 Jaguar XJ an attractive super luxury sedan. However, a poor predicted reliability rating and an abundance of interior setbacks place it at the bottom of its class. The 2018 XJ may be a super luxury car worth considering, but you’ll want to check out its top-rated competitors first. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers far more luxurious interiors, more advanced tech features, and higher predicted reliability ratings.

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