Mercedes S63 AMG Puts Jaguar XJR to Shame
In a head-to-head matchup between the Mercedes S63 AMG and the Jaguar XJR, there can only be one winner
by Jim Davis | 21 January 2014
If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury car but secretly want a car that can take nearly any other car off the line, the Mercedes S63 AMG is the car for you. But other brands have come out with their own version of luxury sport saloon, including Jaguar with the XJR.
Both cars offer the luxury and space of a fine limousine with supercar power that comes from a V8 and providing over 525bhp. With 577bhp and 900Nm of torque, the twin-turbo Mercedes already has a more powerful engine than the 542bhp supercharged XJR. But the Jaguar is the lighter of the two.
Putting the two luxury sports saloons to the test, they were pitted them against each other in a head-to-head matchup.
Check out the table below for a direct comparison of the to models and then scroll down to the photo gallery or click here to go directly to the gallery to view the victor.
|Mercedes S63 AMG L||Jaguar XJR|
|On-the-road price/total as tested||£119,565/£139,735||£92,370/£98,065|
|Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000)||£54,283/45.4%||£37,779/40.9%|
|Annual tax liability std/higher rate||£8,307/£16,614||£6,388/£12,775|
|Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)||£4,062/£6,771||£5,025/£8,374|
|Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost||50/£2,219/L/£475||50/£1,920/M/£490|
|Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service||£48 per month (3yrs)||£299/£399/£299|
|Peak power/revs||577/5,500 bhp/rpm||542/6,500 bhp/rpm|
|Peak torque/revs||900/2,250 Nm/rpm||680/2,500 Nm/rpm|
|Transmission||7-spd auto/rwd||8-spd auto/rwd|
|Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel||80 litres/sealant||82 litres/space-saver|
|Boot capacity||510 litres||520 litres|
|Turning circle/drag coefficient||12.5 metres/0.24Cd||11.9 metres/0.29Cd|
|Basic warranty (miles)/recovery||3yrs (unlimited)/4yrs||3yrs (unlimited)/3yrs|
|Service intervals/UK dealers||Variable/136||15,000 (1yr)/97|
|Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos.||5th/5th||3rd/12th|
|Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars||N/A||N/A|
|0-60/30-70mph||4.4/3.4 secs||4.1/3.5 secs|
|30-50mph in 3rd/4th||2.7/3.8 secs||2.3/3.1 secs|
|50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th/8th||4.4/5.9/N/A secs||3.9/5.5/7.2/N/A secs|
|Top speed/rpm at 70mph||186mph*/1,500rpm||174mph/1,500rpm|
|Noise levels outside/idle/30/70mph||44/63/54/64dB||42/63/54/71dB|
|Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range||18.8/4.1/331 miles||15.2/3.3/274 miles|
|Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket||347/237g/km/35%||429/270g/km/35%|
|Adaptive dampers/adaptive cruise ctrl||Yes/yes||Yes/£1,275|
|Met paint/privacy glass/soft-close doors||Yes/£400/£610||Yes/£255/yes|