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Jaguar XF 2.2 D and Mercedes E 220 CDI in the test: common sense diesel

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Jaguar XF 2.2 D and Mercedes E 220 CDI in the test
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E ine luxury brand has to work hard for their reputation - and fight just as thoroughly against the odor of the unreasonable. This is exactly what Jaguar has been trying for years with various entry-level models, currently with the Jaguar XF. There has recently been a very sensible 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel with a standard eight-speed automatic. The 190 hp Jaguar XF 2.2 D costs 44,900 euros and thus even a little less than a Mercedes E 220 CDI with 170 hp and an optional seven-speed automatic.

With almost the same height and width, the Jaguar XF is a few millimeters longer, measures almost five meters. After the most recent facelift on the headlights, his representative stature looks even more sinewy and thus anything but stately - for a man this attribute is only a clauses for fat. On the contrary: The Jaguar XF seems to pull in its stomach with the effect that its back seat in particular offers significantly less space than that of the Mercedes E-Class.

Narrowed or cozy - a matter of definition in the Jaguar XF

Objectively speaking, this is a disadvantage, but subjectively it is also a typical Jaguar feature: the cozy feeling of security, slipping into the comfort of an extra portion of leather that hugs the body. Anyone sitting in the Jaguar XF knows where they have arrived - even if they have to duck their head a little more to get in. The sweeping roofline demands its price. The interior is unique and for lovers of modern architecture a pleasure in simple elegance - although the meticulous workmanship only fades in the trunk with the sloppy carpet.

The scale of the instruments in the Jaguar XF could, however, be clearer. Against this background, the E-Class appears simpler, but well thought-out down to the last detail and can be customized to your taste. Many expensive temptations await in its thick list of options, including a larger selection of assistance systems than the Jaguar XF. However, if you use the four-cylinder diesel, you will probably not be too willing to pull out your wallet when it comes to options. After all, the cautious engine choice is based on a certain eco-concept, especially since Jaguar, like Mercedes, supplies the basic type with an automatic start-stop system as standard.

Of course, the Mercedes E 220 CDI does nothing in terms of Swabian economyshow that it needs noticeably less than the Jaguar XF for both minimum and average consumption. On the other hand, its 20 hp more help it to achieve slightly better driving performance - without actually leaving the Mercedes E-Class behind. The differences are more related to the emotional area: The four-cylinder of the Jaguar XF takes a little more time before it gets down to business, which then feels more dramatic than with the Mercedes. Its 2.1 liter has to take in a little less air before pushing, and its torque develops more evenly.

Jaguar XF 2.2 D demands more attention

Gear changes take place almost completely in the background how the E-Class generally leaves its driver in peace - dignified and relaxed driving. The Jaguar XF demands significantly more attention. Viewed negatively, this includes the difficult-to-grasp operating system with the touch-sensitive screen. Except for the basic needs such as air conditioning, most of the elements can be found in sub-menus, whereby not all functions can be found straight away without studying the instructions.

But the Jaguar XF also integrates its driver positively into the action: It starts with the seating position - deeply integrated into the car -, continues with the ventilation nozzles, which practically do a somersault when opened, and ends with the extending gear rotary actuator in the center console. A play that retains the allure of the extraordinary even after repeated performance. If you want, you can get involved, for example requesting the speed levels by paddle train. That is not necessary, because apart from the somewhat rougher gear changes in the lower of the eight gears, the ZF automaton sorts the gears conscientiously. But it's fun, especially when the driver develops a dynamic drive and manually downshifts before cornering.

It is thanks to the smooth yet precise steering that the heavier Jaguar XF is more manageable than that despite the huge turning circle E-Class appears. Its stoic directional stability consolidates the image of the touring limousine, which sprints with heavy weight over the motorway and thereby reduces disruptive factors such as wind and rolling noise to a minimum - as well as the unnecessary information about the road condition. Anyone who changes from the Jaguar XF to the E-Class and covers the same route again would swear stone and leg that the road surface has been renewed.

Mercedes E 220 CDI for connoisseurs

Not that a misunderstanding arises: The Mercedes E-Class can follow the Jaguar XF on its feet even on winding streets; at best, the calm driver is less pressed for it. Instead, he enjoys the first-class seats: in the front you take a seat in generous armchairs and get out of the car without back pain, even after vacation trips. Even on the rear bench feelsyou are in good and safe hands at all times - also in view of the numerous active and passive protection systems. Every time the engine is started, Pre-Safe makes itself felt with a tug on the seat belt.

The safety chapter reveals the greatest gap between the rivals, because Jaguar still has some catching up to do with the assistance systems in particular. The Jaguar XF turns out to be more of a stylish alternative - after all, only a few models in this class give their buyers the feeling of having done something extraordinary. That it is cheaper than the E-Class, adjusted for equipment, only confirms the purchase decision for the XF. When it comes to running costs, however, it quickly becomes clear that a Jaguar has never been used to save: Both the insurance premiums and the maintenance costs are significantly higher than those of the Mercedes - on the subject of sanity anyway. But it has never been less senseless to drive a Jaguar XF than it is now. And: There has never been a better Jaguar in the upper middle class either.


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