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Model
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2004. - 2011.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
front
Badges
Production
Vehicle class
Body style
Wheel drive
Safety
2008. - 2010.
D - Large family car
sedan, 4 door
4 x 4

Marketing

Dimensons & Outlines

4660 mm
1828 mm
1422 mm
405 liters
405 liters
70 liters
Length
Width
Height
Boot (min)
Boot (max)
Fuel tank
4672 mm
1789 mm
1392 mm
452 liters
452 liters
61 liters
2004 Alfa Romeo 159
2008 Jaguar X-Type

Engine

Alfa Romeo
1.8 Twin Spark
Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
1747 cc
140 hp
163 Nm
Engine
Fuel
Configuration
Aspiration
Displacement
Power
Torque
Jaguar / Ford
2.5 AJ25
Petrol
6 - V config, 4 valves per cylinder
Nat. Asp.
2497 cc
194 hp
240 Nm

Performance (manual gearbox)

manual gearbox - 5 gears
1405 kg
10.2 s
206 km/h
10.4 l/100km
6.1 l/100km
7.7 l/100km
181 g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
manual gearbox - 5 gears
1555 kg
8.3 s
225 km/h
13.6 l/100km
7.2 l/100km
9.6 l/100km
234 g/km

Performance (automatic gearbox)

 
kg
s
km/h
l/100km
l/100km
l/100km
g/km
Gearbox type
Vehicle weight
Acc. 0-100
Top speed
Cons. (urban)
Cons. (highway)
Cons. (average)
CO2 emissions
automatic - 5 gears
1595 kg
8.9 s
220 km/h
15.0 l/100km
7.6 l/100km
10.3 l/100km
244 g/km

Expenses

1700 EUR
Price from
3200 EUR

Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Two significantly similar cars, no doubt about that. Still, each one has something different to offer. Having both cars powered by petrol engines and utilizing the 4-door sedan body style within the same 'Large family car' segment, the only major difference here really is their wheel drive configuration (front for the Alfa Romeo and 4 x 4 in the case of the Jaguar). The first one has a Alfa Romeo-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 140hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 6-cylinder, 24-valves 194hp engine designed by Jaguar.

Safety

A starting point here would be to take a look at the results from European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) tests which were performed on both of the cars, with the Alfa Romeo being a slightly better choice apparently. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the large family car segment, which is generally a good thing safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. On the other hand, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the British car offers a considerable difference of 11% more metal.

Reliability

Manufacturers have been building their reliability reputation for decades now and, generally speaking, it appears that Jaguar does have a slight advantage, at least on all of the models level. These are the official statistics, while our visitors describe reliability of Alfa Romeo with an average rating of 4.2, and models under the Jaguar badge with 4.1 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. Above it all, drivers of cars with the same engine as the Italian car rank it on average as 3.5, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 5.0 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

Jaguar is undoubtly more agile, reaching 100km/h in 1.9 seconds less than its competitor. In addition to that it accelerates all the way to 225 kilometers per hour, 19km/h more than the other car. When it comes to fuel economy the winner has to be the Italian car, averaging around 7.7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (37 mpg), in combined cycle. We can't ignore that 25% difference compared to the British car.


Verdict

Jaguar appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In this case though, it seems that both cars show similar levels of passenger protection all together, so that won't break a tie. But one thing that actually could is the performance, with Jaguar being considerably quicker, thus putting more smile on driver's face. It does come at a cost though, and that's the fuel consumption... It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Alfa Romeo. Anyway, that's the most objective conclusion I could've came up with and it's based solely on the information found on this website. Aspects such as design, practicality, brand value and driving experience are there for you to measure them out. Also, you could use the oportunity to find out which car, everything taken into account, would be the perfect choice for you in the eyes of the virtual adviser, out of 12.000+ vehicles we currently have in our database.

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