2011 Jaguar
XJL
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
S550

2011 Jaguar XJL

9.4

Winner

Jaguar XJL

starting from

$80,575
"It glides down the road with a sophisticated suppleness."
edmunds.com | talking about the XJ Series's noise
"Strikingly unique."
edmunds.com | talking about the XJ Series's external styling

Reasons to buy the Jaguar XJL

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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Average highway fuel efficiency
23 mpg
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Average city fuel efficiency
16 mpg
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550

9.2

Runner-up

Mercedes-Benz S550

starting from

$98,525
"A serene ride that are second to none."
edmunds.com | talking about the S-Class's noise
"Premium audio system suitable to high standard."
edmunds.com | talking about the S-Class's stereo

Reasons to buy the Mercedes-Benz S550

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Leather
Standard
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Premium radio
Standard
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More airbags
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Cost 10.0 vs 8.4
2011 Jaguar XJL Winner: XJL
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 16 mpg vs 14 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $17,950 cheaper (around 20% less), $80,575 vs $98,525
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Winner: S550
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  • Leather comes standard on the S550; the XJL only offers cloth seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs -
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Good highway range
  • People mover
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Fairly powerful
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with an entertainment system
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 9.4 vs 9.2

Cost

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XJL
2011 Jaguar XJL
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
S550
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MSRP $80,575 vs $98,525 The XJL has a reasonable price, while the S550 is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 14 mpg The XJL has OK city mileage, while the S550 is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 4 year The XJL's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, and the S550's warranty is OK, too

Luxury Features

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XJL
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S550
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moon roof Standard vs Standard Both come standard with sun roofs
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the S550; the XJL only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

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XJL
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

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XJL
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S550
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 499 miles vs 500 miles Good highway range
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Cargo space 15.2 ft3 vs 16.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats Unknown vs 54.2 ft3
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The XJL's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the S550
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

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XJL
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S550
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 6 The S550 has a good number of airbags, but the XJL is just OK (missing Rear Side)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs mbrace

Performance

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XJL
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Horsepower 385 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 382 HP @ 6,000 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The S550 has more gears and the XJL is OK, too
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Standard vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 10.7 lb/hp vs 12.1 lb/hp The XJL is a sporty car, while the S550 is just average
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive The S550 will handle off-road driving and poor weather much better than the XJL
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 41.7 ft vs 40.0 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Entertainment System

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XJL
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S550
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Number of speakers 14 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Standard Have your pick of music from around the world with the S550's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with an entertainment system

Road Tests

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XJL
2011 Jaguar XJL
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
S550
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0-60 mph 5.5 seconds vs 6.0 seconds Neither car's 0-60 time is remarkable
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Braking distance at 60mph 138 ft vs 141 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 14.0 s @ 106 mph vs 14.4 s @ 101 mph Both have average 1/4 mile times for this class of vehicle
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Lateral acceleration 0.85 g vs 0.87 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 161 mph vs Unknown

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