2011 Jaguar
XJL Supercharged
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 Supercharged

9.5

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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Rear air conditioning
Standard
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Quite powerful
470 HP @ 6,000 RPM
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Sporty performance
9.2 lb/hp
Luxury Features 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid Winner: S400 Hybrid
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  • Almost the same
Entertainment System 8.9 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid Winner: S400 Hybrid
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  • The S400 Hybrid's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 9.1
2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Winner: XJL Supercharged
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  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 5 year vs 4 year
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Winner: XJL Supercharged
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  • Almost the same, Supercharger vs None
  • Around 60% more powerful, 470 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 295 HP @ 6,000 RPM
  • The XJL Supercharged's power-to-weight ratio is around 40% better, providing a sportier ride, 9.2 lb/hp vs 15.2 lb/hp
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid Winner: S400 Hybrid
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  • The S400 Hybrid has 1 more airbag (including Rear Side), 6 vs 5
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • People mover
  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Neither offers a folding rear seat
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.5 vs 9.8

Luxury Features

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XJL Supercharged
2011 Jaguar XJL Supercharged
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S400 Hybrid
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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 S400 Hybrid; the XJL Supercharged only offers cloth seats

Entertainment System

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XJL Supercharged
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S400 Hybrid
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Number of speakers 20 vs 15 Audiophile's dream: lots of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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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 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 No vs Yes 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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XJL Supercharged
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S400 Hybrid
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MSRP $91,575 vs $91,875 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 19 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 5 year vs 4 year The XJL Supercharged's basic warranty is long lasting and the S400 Hybrid is OK, too

Performance

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XJL Supercharged
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S400 Hybrid
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Horsepower 470 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 295 HP @ 6,000 RPM The XJL Supercharged is fairly powerful, but the S400 Hybrid is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 7 The S400 Hybrid 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 Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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Air compressor Supercharger vs None The XJL Supercharged's Supercharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 9.2 lb/hp vs 15.2 lb/hp The XJL Supercharged is a sporty car, but the S400 Hybrid is sluggish
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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 41.7 ft vs 40.0 ft Caution: these vehicles make wide turns

Safety Features

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XJL Supercharged
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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 5 vs 6 The S400 Hybrid 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

Crash Test Ratings

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XJL Supercharged
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S400 Hybrid
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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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S400 Hybrid
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Passengers 5 vs 5 People mover
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Highway driving range 477 miles vs 595 miles The S400 Hybrid gets fantastic distance on a single tank, and the XJL Supercharged gets OK distance
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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 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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XJL Supercharged
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S400 Hybrid
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0-60 mph 4.0 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 110 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 12.3 s @ 116 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs Unknown
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Top speed 161 mph vs Unknown

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