BMW 520d Touring vs Jaguar XF Sportbrake D200
Two beautiful diesel station wagons on trial
You don’t see the Jaguar XF Sportbrake so often. SUVs are also most needed for the Jaguar at the moment. The tragedy that BMW 5 Series Touring is also going through is a power struggle with all X entries as well as mobile phones. It’s scary, because this comparative experiment will show how big and modern these wagons are, even with the basic diesel engines in the engine room. Both? Yes, because the Jaguar is now very fast.
This is due to the very helpful figure update, which also benefits from its athletic and prestigious stature. Six cylinders were thrown out, but a new and well-equipped pilot room came in – including easy-to-read digital instruments, a powerful and understandable Pivi Pro infotainment software and upgraded seats. With the exception of the lower part of the lounge area which is very small, the spacious Jaguar XF Sportbrake shows a slight weakness here.
The BMW, which was already redesigned in 2020, only glows gently with its laser lights. “I know everything,” he whispered to Jaguar. “And do you see my swinging knob, open operation and my large door handles? I’ll have to do it by pressing a button.” However, you should keep quiet about digital tools with simple ideas and casual chairs with weak side support.
There is no weakness with its 560 to 1,700 liter trunk. In the spirit of visiting culture, five airy fulfills all the requirements that one might ask for a station car. Good carpet placement up to the lower parts which are very poor. Roller blind and cargo safety net can be maintained without any problems, with backrests curved forward in the form of spring-loaded, unlike the XF. In addition, cargo space, rails and of course separate hinged rear window. Great.
However, one should not underestimate the Jaguar. Lots of storage space (563-1,675 liters) and railways are also not a problem for him. The low charge load (505 kg) and Adblue filling neck are the most annoying. Located on the left side of the trunk, it is neatly hidden behind a flap between the luggage hook and the remote release lever. The disadvantages are obvious. The remnants of urea on the carpet point the way, even after about 1,000 miles. BMW solves this most practically with a pipe behind the diesel fuel filling flap.
The lower chamber in the XF looks confused as well. The plate is still decorated with fine leather straps, beneath it there is a Styrofoam box just for emergency and – hard to install – 48-volt electricity on board. Most of the Adblue cleaning cloth pack should not be stored there. The blind do not die anyway. So Touring can do it better.
There is life in a hut
Well then. Go to the street. Let’s start with a rare alien, a Jaguar, and immediately turn to the countryside. Because how straight, how Sportbrake is volunteering and if there is a lot of cockiness, it also slips a bit and the back is a rarity and can be fun. Ideally, the chassis with moisture enhancers is hard, but not too hard. If you drive a 19-wheel-drive rear wheel drive on rough roads, you will find a communication center car that is still skillfully controlling heavy tarmac damage. It also offers a lot more on the road, but to the extent that it does not irritate even after many miles. Instead, high operating power puts XF on track at moderate speeds.
BMW is completely different. Flexible chassis, 18-inch wheels and sports tires, key rear axle steering wheel, rear air suspension – everything is set. And yet he gives five without humor, more like a comfortable E-Class. He quietly executes the operating commands, follows the given line accurately and stoically, while the ESP carefully controls the fast operation. High suspension comfort is only reliable. Small bumps pass through, but otherwise, depending on the driving conditions, no wave bothers him.
The BMW 5 Series lacks pep
The only downside: it builds more body on winding roads and feels bigger than it really is. A widespread feeling, which unfortunately does not occur in the slightly wider XF. Overall, the lightweight BMW presents itself as a very safe and well-designed station car, which some five-row fans can find very nice.
In any case, 520d pilots should not rely on emotional support from the engine room. The gently mixed two-liter diesel (190 hp, 400 Nm) is efficient due to the 48-volt starting generator, the effect of adding 8 kW and a two-stage charge and allows for rated sporting standards. 7.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h is already an ad for five with a “basic engine”. However, a four-wheel-drive cylinder does not think of many good sounds.
The two-liter turbo diesel (204 hp, 430 Nm) in the XF is much larger. Great vibrations over the entire speed range, as well as loud, ugly, but no-sounding sounds – you must love that. But: This type of energy enhancement fits perfectly with the dedicated driving behavior of the Jaguar. In addition, it feels like it promotes more impetus from lower revs. The fact that he can’t quite keep up with BMW in sprint times, despite a little more power, doesn’t play a role in everyday life. Comfortable in both stationary wagons are eight-speed ZF adjustable transmitters, which are very similar in their gear management. Depending on the driving conditions, it is sometimes very soft or fast, but it is more complicated. In addition, they are scheduled as soon as the overseas sports trip awaits. It really doesn’t get any better than that.
Fuel consumption remains in the vehicle frame. The 520d proves to be worse than the diesel on the Jaguar (7.5 l / 100 km) with a 7.0 l / 100 km test drive, which also loses a few kilometers for BMW in terms of range. However, both cover 1,000 miles and more in moderate driving style. On the Eco cycle, BMW dropped it to five liters less, XF was still 0.3 liters more.
So it is important to note: Sportbrake is more fun to drive. On the other hand, Tourism of the fifth series – comfortable, important and dignified – is a safe station car for long-distance travel to the end of the day. Or until the governments of this planet finally ban the boiler, they also have limited production such as two two-liter model units. And what about the value of money and the added value, after all, the basic engines are under the hood of the station car. Looking at the list of equipment leads to an understanding of the amount that even the 520d with acceptable basic equipment is sold very confidently for 58,100 euros.
Basic and still expensive diesel
It deserves more mention than the parking beeper, automatic dual climate control, navigation and rear electric gate are not common on board. Even with roof rails, adjustable lumbar support or seat heating, BMW requires additional charge. Special applications of chassis, tires and steering wheel come on however. The price of a test drive is just as high. After all, it is a little ahead in terms of careful work and detailed clever solutions. A good example of this is its parts of the felt doors (front and back) or the negligence mentioned above in the XF luggage component.
Seen as an R-Dynamic SE, the Brit is still high on the price of 64,910 euros. But the Jaguar does not come out and prepares the station car almost completely. Unlike BMW, it already protects its occupants with a spot-operated assistant, detects traffic signals and looks particularly valuable inside as a test vehicle. Even large wheelchairs and comfortable and often adjustable leather seats – better in shape than the base five seats – are included in the price. For the recommended dampers – part of the power package, which also includes large front brake discs – you have to pay 1,770 euros. Thus, the price of the test car increases to 66,680 euros.
Finally, the question is allowed: What exactly is talking about XF? Basically, they are small items such as small loading or missing equipment components such as laser lights or parking accessories. On the other hand, it gives more impetus and is even more annoying to drive – when five has passed unchallenged so much that it almost threatens to be boring. He still wins the comparison.
Yes, you can see that diesel engines still have potential.
No, the diesel issue is over slowly.
No – 520d is not five with a guarantee of driving pleasure. But it is marked by an economical car, high driving comfort and a well-balanced interior.
Yes – XF Sportbrake is back in the game with an interesting alternative to the station’s best wagons. However, we would not recommend it to the Mustermann family.
|BMW 520d tourism||Jaguar XF Sportbrake D200 R-Dynamic SE|
|base price||€ 58,100||€ 64,910|
|stem volume||560 to 1700 l||563 to 1342 l|
|shift / engine||1995 cc / cylinder 4||1997 cc / cylinder 4|
|performance||140 kW / 190 hp for 4000 rpm||150 kW / 204 hp at 4250 rpm|
|high speed||225 km / h||230km / hour|
|0-100km / h||Sec 7.3||Sec 8.2|
|use||4.3L / 100km||4.6L / 100km|
|use of the test||7.0L / 100km||7.5L / 100km|
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