2011 Jaguar
XJL Supercharged
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
S550

2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged

9.4

starting from

$91,575
"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 Supercharged

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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Good braking distance from 60mph
110 ft
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Blindingly fast 1/4 mile time
12.3 s @ 116 mph
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550

9.3

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
6
Cost 10.0 vs 8.6
2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Winner: XJL Supercharged
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • Gets around 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 15 mpg vs 14 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $6,950 cheaper (around 10% less), $91,575 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 Supercharged only offers cloth seats
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs -
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • People mover
  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Fairly powerful
  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Caution: these vehicles make wide turns
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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Overall 9.4 vs 9.3

Cost

Jaguar
XJL Supercharged
2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
S550
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MSRP $91,575 vs $98,525 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 14 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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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 Supercharged's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, and the S550's warranty is OK, too

Luxury Features

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XJL Supercharged
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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 Supercharged only offers cloth seats

Crash Test Ratings

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XJL Supercharged
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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 Supercharged
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S550
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 477 miles vs 500 miles The S550 has good highway range and the XJL Supercharged is reasonable
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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 Supercharged'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 Supercharged
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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 Supercharged 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 Supercharged
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2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
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Horsepower 470 HP @ 6,000 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 Supercharged 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 Supercharger vs None The XJL Supercharged's Supercharger lets it maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 9.2 lb/hp vs 12.1 lb/hp The XJL Supercharged 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 Supercharged
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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 Supercharged
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S550
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Number of speakers 20 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes 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 Supercharged
2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz
S550
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0-60 mph 4.0 seconds vs 6.0 seconds The XJL Supercharged has a good 0-60 time, but the S550 is just average
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Braking distance at 60mph 110 ft vs 141 ft The XJL Supercharged has above average braking ability, but the S550 is quite bad
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1/4 mile 12.3 s @ 116 mph vs 14.4 s @ 101 mph The XJL Supercharged's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the S550's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs 0.87 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 161 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 XJL Supercharged vs CLS550
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2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged 2012 Ford Mustang GT XJL Supercharged vs Mustang GT
2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged 2011 Hyundai Equus Signature XJL Supercharged vs Equus Signature
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 2012 BMW 750Li S550 vs 750Li
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 2011 Lexus LS 460 S550 vs LS 460
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 S550 vs CLS550
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 2011 Audi A8 L 4.2 S550 vs A8 L 4.2
2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom S550 vs Phantom

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