Back-To-Back Drives: 2013 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Vs 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum

As they say, "Go big or go home.Cadillac XTS and Jaguar XJL are great. Cadillac and Jaguar both represented the summit of great luxury dances for their respective countries of origin. Driving a 1960s Cadillac Since the Ville meant something it meant luxury. That meant quality. That meant you drove Cadillac of cars. On the other side of the dam I meant hunting Mark IX a lot, just with more tea.

Then came the dark times. The beginning of the middle to the end of the seventies was the quality, reliability, beauty and desire of both car manufacturers. High gas prices, new safety and environmental regulations and generally poor design haunted the once highly located luxury customs. It wasn't until recently that both brands turned around. Both Jaguar's and Cadillac's resurrections were first and foremost signaled by major design changes. Cadillac adopted "Art and Science"Design strategy, and Jaguar thew out anything but the jumping cat head ornament in favor of modern, stylish designs. The technology cutting technique, one-mile long list of freshly caught options and default setting performance followed shortly.

After being a fan of both Me and Caddy as long as I can remember, I was very happy when the opportunity to run 2013 Jaguar XJL and 2013 Jaguar XTS presented itself almost behind them. How are they? Expect Cadillac's and Jaguar's Era days to begin. Which is better? You just have to keep reading to find out …

2013 Jaguar XJL Supercharged

Those who know about Jaguar XJ's yore remember a traditional four-wheeler design, a long relatively flat hood, a large greenhouse and lots of wood and leather inside. A few years ago, everything that changed. Ye Olde XJ was killed with the introduction of a brand new, better looking, edgier and modern XJ. At first I was a little uncertain about the new design direction. But over time my opinion changed.

For 2013, Jaguar offers a cavalcade of trim levels and engine options for XJ, from base XJ to $ 73,200 all the way to (move over Rolls Royce Ghost) XJ Ultimate for $ 155,000. The engines include a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 that is good for 340 horses, a 5.0 liter natural aspirated V8 with 385 horse, a 5.0 liter supercharged V8 at 470 horse and the top dog 5.0 liter supercharged V8 with a whopping 510 HORSE. Jaguar releases a 550-horse XJR for 2014, but for today's article, we ignore it.

Our test was a RWD Jaguar XJL Supercharged with 470 horse supercharged 5.0 liter V8 and almost all possible options. Like I said, go big or go home, right? The base price of the XJL Supercharged is $ 92,600, but our prices are priced at $ 105,250. What do you get for over $ 105k? Very:

  • Ultimate Black Metallic Exterior Color: Included
  • 20 inch Orona Alloy Wheels with Performance Tires: $ 1000
  • Leather warm steering wheel: included
  • Carbon Fiber Interior Trim: included
  • Ivory Leather Chairs with Jet Black Upper Fascia with Contrast Stitch and Jet Suedecloth Headliner: $ 775
  • Heated windshield with timer: $ 375
  • Lighting package: $ 1700
  • Security package rear seat: $ 3,500
  • Front Seat Massage: $ 800
  • Rear-facing entertainment: $ 2,200
  • Adaptive Cruise Control: $ 2,300
  • 825W Meridian Sound System with 17 speakers: included
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio: included
  • Navigation: Included
  • DVD player: included
  • Hard drive Good to store up to 10 CDs: included
  • And a host of standard equipment

Suffice it to say, even without extra options, XJL Supercharged has almost all the features you would ever want and many you would never have thought of. Okay, so it's the back. Big, expensive, charged I: Check. Open road: Check. Keys: Check. Gas: Check. Ready for departure.

Immediately after entering the XJL 2013, you can really tell that there is no relation to the previous XJ layers except the Jaguar head in the middle of the wheel. Gone is the somewhat claustrophobic feeling. Gone is the nineteenth century Englishman's styling. The new XJ has a modern functional design and is not only spacious in terms of measurement. It feels spacious. No claustrophobia here. The long curved hinge reminds me to sit at the boat's root. Visibility out of all the windows is good, except for the back. You can't see much of anything back. The rear seats and luggage compartment are too high and the window is too small.

The seats are soft, comfortable and have 18-way adjustability so there is no reason not to find the perfect driving position. Actually, it's almost too adjustable. I found myself always trying to get the right feeling. Fortunately, there is memory, so you just have to do it once. If you have a cold butt, back or both, you can put the oven on a seat and seat back heater to the desired setting. If a baking soda is more your problem, the ventilated seats and backrests will make your tasteful tuchus a frigid buttock in no time. The huge 44.1 inch rear seat on the leg also gets heat and cold.

Because it was about 85 degrees outside, I chose the ventilated seats and turned my zone of climate control into four zones to 66 degrees. Great A / C! As a person who often runs in Florida heat, this A / C was by far one of the best I've seen. Massage chairs are also nice, although I would not recommend using them while driving, they can be a bit too relaxing.

Most of the car's functions are controlled via the 8-inch touch screen. Ever since I ran a Buick Reatta with a DOS touchscreen, I've had an illogical (but understandable) aversion to touch screens. XJL's are clear, comfortable and (most importantly) intuitive to use. Thankfully, temperature and sound controls are good, old-fashioned buttons and buttons. It's actually a very good mix of touch screen and physical controls.

Which takes me to seventeen loudspeakers Meridian Surround Sound Audio System. Good sauce, it's amazing! Whether you're enjoying your Brahms best of or blasting Metallica, the tweeter is crisp and clear, the center area is perfect and the base is defined without distortion with the volume as high as my ears could handle.

Enough move, time to drive. The Jaguar XJL features the pop-up, rotary knob for a Jaguar's gear selector. It really looks cool and pops up when you turn on the car, but it is a bit wobble and gives in the bud itself that I don't like. But I'm going to chalk that this is a test car that has been driven and beaten to hell and back. I turn the car to drive and turn off.

This car has a lot of power. Much more than I expect in a 4,191 pound car. The 470 horse and 424 pound-meter supercharged V8 drives the big Jag to 60 in about 4.9 seconds and sends the XJL Supercharged to an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. Turning the gas is a bit of a surreal experience. You don't really feel like a car that is 206.6 inches long and 74.6 inches wide should go up and go with pretty much spunk. But it does. However, the acceleration is not crushed. Many like XFR-S, which we tested a few weeks back, are XJL Supercharged smooth.

The gearbox with eight speeds is butter when it is in automatic or sports and much, very fast when you use the paddle switches. The acceleration is linear and constant until you need to slow down. And when you slow down, you do it with a revenge. The big brakes slow you down to a crawl in no time. In fact, when I first dropped the brakes too slowly, I almost hit a stop. It took a second to get used to them. Sludge on the brakes and you will go from 60 km / h to stay in about 103 feet.

In a straight line, the control is as smooth as trans. Not a hint of drama that continues in laps. XJL handles a lot (you guessed it) smoothly. There is only the smallest guide wire from the aluminum body at relatively high speeds, but adaptive air suspension and Active Dynamics System can do well. It will beat 0.88 g in laps. In normal driving, I couldn't ask for a better car. This is not an old Jaguar XJ. The Jaguar XJL Supercharged is definitely not a boat, so no cause for sea sickness. It is also not an ignition cutting super-sedan like the Audi RS6. It balances perfectly between comfort and performance.

I was able to really throw the car around a couple of off-camber yards, should we say questionable traction. I have to admit that traction control, adaptive suspension and active differential made the whole experience less than frightening for my passenger Cristina. Closing all the girl's controls and the big I was very easy to get back in line when they were forced into an operation. (Yes, I ran a $ 105k I XJL. It was fun.)

After some rocking corners, it was time to return to the great Jaguar. When I got in the car I was not sure what to expect. But I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. Apart from some rear visibility problems (which are mainly alleviated by a rear-facing camera) and a wobbly gear selector, the 2013 Jaguar XJL Supercharged is a phenomenal car. Even my passenger, wife and co-examiner Crisina (who always dislikes Jaguar) was very impressed and enjoyed the car. For those looking for a big luxury sauce, take a look at the 2013 Jaguar XJ and XJL. Is it better than the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS? You have to continue reading to find out.

2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum

Cadillac, the favorite car for Johnny Cash, Elvis and several presidents. (Kennedy had a Lincoln and looked at what happened to him.) The cars from the brand named Detroit's founder were so good that one referred to something that Cadillac of anything thought it was the best. (Only another car has had the honor, Duesenbergs led to the saying It is a doozy.) Sometimes in the mid-seventies, Cadillac was hobbled by the environmental laws like the murder of Ralph Nader, the death of design for American cars, and an overall lack of US vehicle desires.

It lasted until Cadillac released CTS in 2002. Then Caddy was back. Their resurrection and complete brand makeover culminated in the release of the 2013 Cadillac XTS, the flagship's great luxury sedan of the line. If Johnny Cash was today, he would order his in the Black Raven.

I've just driven the Jaguar XJL Supercharged 2013, I thought it was a good time to stack up against the big Caddy. Our test was a FWD Cadillac XTS Platinum with a 304 horse 3.6 liter Direct Injection V6 and a six-speed automatic gearbox. The base price is $ 58,160. Our had a variety of options and came in at $ 62,470. To be specific, here is the loading of our Cadillac XTS Platinum tester:

  • Black Diamond Tricoat Color: $ 995
  • Jet Black / Light Wheat, Opus Leather Seating: Included
  • 20 inch polished aluminum wheels: included
  • Driver Assist Package with HUD: $ 2,395
  • Heated and refrigerated places: included
  • CUE information and media control system: included
  • 14 Speakers Bose Surround Sound System: Included
  • Natural voice recognition: included
  • Adaptive cruise: included
  • Automatic front and rear brake and collision preparation: included
  • Adaptive remote start: included
  • Parking assistant: included
  • Automatic tailgate and manual side window Sun protection: included
  • Heated leather steering wheel: included
  • Navigation: Included
  • Side and rear collision warnings on HUD: included
  • And a host of standard equipment

The alternative-to-option, Cadillac is equipped with Jaguar. In terms of performance, sixty in 6.8 seconds and top speed is a respectable 130, not as fast as Jaguar but fast enough. By size, Caddy is about the same as the 202 inch tall Jaguar XJL, 72.9 inches wide and 4,006 pounds. As Cadillac will, XTS has a huge eighteen cubic foot trunk, more than enough for some bodies … it's golf bags.

So, besides speed (which is meaningful because I'm 164 horse more than Caddy) and price (Caddy is $ 42,780 less than Jaguar), the two cars are very similar on paper. Yes, I understand that a better comparison would have been between the XTS Platinum and the 3.0-liter V6 XJL Portfolio (340 hp and $ 76,700), but you're working on what you have.

That being said, how good is the 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum? In one word, good. I have spent a lot of time in a 2011 Cadillac CTS that has always impressed me with its driving quality. But if you don't get one CTS V, the generation of CTS has lacked a little in terms of material quality and fit. Not so with 2013 XTS Platinum. As soon as you put yourself in, setting the quality of the interior in practice, especially if you compare it to a similarly priced Mercedes E-Class where you don't even get the leather seats. The interior design is modern, functional but still feels like a Cadillac. The wood trim is actually wood. There are no gaps between the various components. It is very well designed and very well composed.

Leather from XTS Platinum's seats is soft and smooth. Although I'm not as good as Jaguar, the sites offer as much or as little support as you want with their near infinite adjustability. The depth of the headrest is also adjustable. Just like in the XJL, I am happy about the seat's memory, because I am always looking for pussy to try to find the perfect driving position. After a while I eventually find it. It is very hot out again, so I use the ventilated seats, which are strong enough to rip my pants. I'm really starting to like this car.

If I am looking for and adjusting the mirrors, I find that visibility is good from all windows. Better than XJL's. The only big blind tip caused by the very wide C-pillars. Thankfully, there is blind sport monitoring that vibrates my chair and pops up on my HUD if I am going to put on something.

Fourth speaker Bose Surround Sound System is good. I've always been a fan of Bose, and they're not disappointed with XTS. The sound is sharp, clean, clear and rich in all channels and all ranges. I would say it easily as well as Jaguar's Meridian system, but not quite as powerful. The entire shebang is controlled by the Cadillac CUE entertainment system via the large touch screen or by iPod-like capacitive "buttons". It looks really cool and works well. It's intuitive and easy to navigate, but I'm preliminary to the ability to work well after 70,000 or 80,000 miles. Time may decide.

XTS has a six-speed gear that is controlled by (holding on to your hats) an ordinary gear selector. No twisty knob or push button here. Somehow, with a solid, tight, normal gear selector is gratifying. Off you immediately notice that XTS can do well with another thirty or forty horses and a few more gears. It's not sluggish, but you wouldn't call it sharp. Get RPM up over 4000 and into 5,200 torque and the car will kick with confidence. As I said, this particular car is front wheel drive. So, when I put the pedal down, I was expecting much more torque control. In fact it was very, very little. XTS accelerates in a straight line without any proper adjustment needed on the steering wheel.

Drive down the road at a fast pace, and Cadillac XTS Platinum is safe and smooth. It is in no way similar to the old DTS or STS. There were soft boats that took all the bumps and turned like waves on the open water. XTS is smooth and comfortable and in no way, thanks to the magnetorheological shocks.

In the turns, XTS will beat 0.83 g. It is very happy with the curves. I had no trouble pushing it up (and sometimes before) its limit. The steering is fast and accurate with 2.6 swivel locking. The large Brembo brakes are similar to those on the CTS-V and scrubbing speed very, very efficiently. Stop distance from 60 to 0 is 116 feet.

The full-color heads-up screen is surprisingly clear and provides just the right information without being distracting. Basically, the 2013 Cadillac XTS is the best Cadillac's new breed has to offer. It is convenient if you are a passenger, even if you are in the back with your 40 inch legs. It is entertaining if you are the driver. And maxed out over $ 60,000, it's a huge value for the dollar.


So, basically, which is better, the 2013 Jaguar XJL Supercharged or the 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum? Both are the best representation of their respective brand resuscitation, whose design principles were each spiked by a mid-sized sedan (Jaguar XF and Cadillac CTS). Both are large, very well equipped luxury sedans. Unfortunately, it's a shared judgment. I like the interior better at XJL. I like the outside better on XTS. XJL has a better drive and works much better. XTS is $ 40k cheaper. I could buy an XTS and a used Lotus Elise for the price of the Jaguar. Everything points to this: If you want a big, fast, phenomenal sedan and money is no object, get me. If you want a large, comfortable, phenomenal sedan and have a "limited" budget, get Caddy. You really can't go wrong in any way.


  • 2013 Jaguar XJL Supercharged:
  • Price: $ 92,600 ($ 105,250 tested)
  • Engine: 5.0 liter Supercharged V8
  • Horsepower: 470
  • Torque: 424 lb ft at 5,500
  • 0-60 MPH: 4.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 155 mph
  • Skidpad: 0.88 g
  • Wheelbase: 111.7 inches
  • Length: 202.0 inches
  • Width: 74.6 inches
  • Height: 57.0 inches
  • Cargo volume: 15.2 cubic feet
  • Curb Weight: £ 4.191
  • fuel economy: 15 City / 23 Highway

2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum:

  • Price: $ 59,080 ($ 62,470 tested)
  • Engine: 3.6 liters V6
  • Horsepower: 304
  • Torque: 264 lb ft at 5,200
  • 0-60 MPH: 6.8 seconds
  • Top speed: 130 mph
  • Skidpad: 0.83 g
  • Wheelbase: 124.3 inches
  • Length: 206.6 inches
  • Width: 72.9 inches
  • Height: 59.4 inches
  • Cargo volume: 18 cubic feet
  • Curb Weight: £ 4,006
  • fuel economy: 17 City / 28 Highway