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Aditya Chatterjee Aditya Chatterjee Monday 20 Jul 2015, 7:24 PM

Exemplary display of ride and handling is what you need? Then look no further than the BMW 5 Series; a business sedan which handles the world of comfort and performance in the best way possible. BMW has been making it since 1972; it has set a new trend for many car makers to follow. Not so surprisingly, it remains to be the second most selling BMW car after 3 Series. Right from the beginning, the 5-Series was a performance oriented sedan. It had minimalistic but great quality interiors and an exterior design which expressed sophistication in style. It could have been the best out there if only the English remained away from this power game. The ultimate swagger of an English contribution to the auto world, Jaguar has the XF standing tall with a whiff of gentleman prowess. Crafted and not manufactured, it is a paradigm shift from anything offered against by rivals. We take a detailed look.

Exterior and Interior Design: Jaguar XF Vs BMW 5 Series

An emotion over technology is how you think then the Jaguar XF will definitely strike the right chord with you. It has the presumably the right proportions of everything and does not look one of the production line. The meticulous details seen on the headlights, grille or even the side muscle which flairs up on wheel arches to the voluptuous rear, it is difficult to criticise this English darling. The way the roof line climbs gently over the B pillar and then gradually drops is nothing but beautiful. There are air vents just behind the front wheel fender with the brand name embossed in chrome. The 2.0L gets humble 17” Libra alloy wheels unlike the delicious 18” which comes as standard on the 3.0L Diesel.

The BMW 5 Series is a very serious looking car which dawns a look of an intellectual on the way to his office to attend a important meeting to discuss something rather superbly important. That indeed was a dramatic description but can’t be proven wrong once you sight one in real. The kidney bin grille with wide and slender headlights, subtle yet strong shoulder line and winged tail lights have very generic of a 5 series to be mistaken for any other car.

Inside the Jaguar XF, the leather front seats are electrically adjustable. Different permutations with settings will set the seats to the exact desired position. The stitch quality and the leather feel is superb. Stretching legs is also not a problem in first row for taller passengers. While the rear section might not be as generous in offering room, it will still make sure the occupants are pampered by the cushy seats.

Performance: Jaguar XF Vs BMW 5 Series

Powering the Jaguar XF is a 2.0L Ford sourced engine which generates 240PS of power at 5500 rpm. It produces 340Nm of torque at 1750 rpm. Jaguar claims that this baby XF can do a 0 to 100 Km/h in 7.9 seconds and also can reach a limited maximum speed of 250 Km/h. Only available in diesel, the BMW 5 Series gets a 2L heart which makes 184Hp and 380Nm of torque. The more powerful 3L motor generates a handsome 258hp and 560Nm of torque. This one does 0 to 100 kmh in 5.8 seconds.

Conclusion: Jaguar XF Vs BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series is the best example of a performance sedan made by any German company. Its agility, ride and handling still remain unchallenged. However, if performance is not what you aim primarily and also seek craftsmanship and elegance with an iconic value, the Jaguar XF should make it to your collection for sure.