2011 Jaguar
XJL
vs. 2011 Mercedes-Benz
S400 Hybrid

2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

9.8

starting from

$91,875
"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 S400 Hybrid

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Is a hybrid
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Fantastic range in the city
452 miles
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Fantastic range on the highway
595 miles
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More airbags
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2011 Jaguar XJL

9.4

Runner-up

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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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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OK performance
10.7 lb/hp
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Power outlets
Standard
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 8.3
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  • The S400 Hybrid's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the S400 Hybrid's satellite radio
  • The S400 Hybrid's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Cost 8.8 vs 10.0
2011 Jaguar XJL Winner: XJL
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
  • The best price we've seen is $11,300 cheaper (more than 10% less), $80,575 vs $91,875
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.9
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  • Leather comes standard on the S400 Hybrid; the XJL only offers cloth seats
Safety Features 10.0 vs 9.6
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  • The S400 Hybrid has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Performance 9.8 vs 10.0
2011 Jaguar XJL Winner: XJL
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  • The XJL's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 10.7 lb/hp vs 15.2 lb/hp
  • More than 30% more powerful, 385 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 295 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the S400 Hybrid in particular gets exceptional range
  • People mover
  • Both come standard with navigation systems
Road Tests - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.8 vs 9.4

Entertainment System

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S400 Hybrid
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Number of speakers 15 vs 14 Both have more speakers, but the S400 Hybrid in particular has a large number
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs No The S400 Hybrid's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the XJL does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the S400 Hybrid's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The S400 Hybrid has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with an entertainment system

Cost

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MSRP $91,875 vs $80,575 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 16 mpg Both get OK mileage 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 4 year vs 5 year The XJL's basic warranty is long lasting and the S400 Hybrid is OK, too

Luxury Features

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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 Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the S400 Hybrid; the XJL only offers cloth seats

Safety Features

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S400 Hybrid
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The S400 Hybrid 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 mbrace vs None

Performance

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Horsepower 295 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 385 HP @ 6,500 RPM The XJL is fairly powerful, but the S400 Hybrid is not far behind
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Number of gears 7 vs 6 The S400 Hybrid 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 Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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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 15.2 lb/hp vs 10.7 lb/hp The XJL has OK performance while the S400 Hybrid gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.0 ft vs 41.7 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Crash Test Ratings

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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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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 595 miles vs 499 miles Both can go pretty far on the highway on a single tank, however the S400 Hybrid in particular gets exceptional range
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Cargo space 16.4 ft3 vs 15.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.2 ft3 vs Unknown
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a folding rear seat
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard The XJL's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the S400 Hybrid
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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 4 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Road Tests

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0-60 mph Unknown vs 5.5 seconds
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Braking distance at 60mph Unknown vs 138 ft
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1/4 mile Unknown vs 14.0 s @ 106 mph
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.85 g
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Top speed Unknown vs 161 mph

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