Facts and figures

9 Jan, 2013 10:30am
BMW 730Ld SE Jaguar XJ L 3,0d Mercedes S350 L
On the road price/total as tested £61,215/£83,930 £63,135/£68,560 £65,410/£108,910
Residual value (after 3yrs/36,000) £24,621/40.2% £26,068/41.3% £27,132/41.5%
Depreciation £36,594 £37,067 £38,278
Annual tax liability std/higher rate £2,807/£5,614 £3,142/£6,284 £3,390/£6,779
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles) £2,359/£3,932 £2,555/£4,259 £2,936/£4,893
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost 46/£1,100/F/£135 48/£1,193/H/£195 49/£1,215/G/£170
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service 5yrs/60k (inc in price) £250/£400/£290 £38pcm*
Length/wheelbase 5,219/3,210mm 5,252/3,157mm 5,226/3,165mm
Height/width 1,481/1,902mm 1,457/1,899mm 1,479/1,871mm
Engine Inline 6cyl/2,993cc V6/2,993cc V6/2,987cc
Peak power/revs 255/4,000 bhp/rpm 271/4,000 bhp/rpm 254/3,600 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 560/1,500 Nm/rpm 600/2,000 Nm/rpm 620/1,600 Nm/rpm
Transmission 8-spd auto/rwd 8-spd auto/rwd 7-spd auto/rwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel 80 litres/run-flat 82 litres/sealant 83 litres/space-saver
Boot capacity (seats up) 500 litres 520 litres 560 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight 1,950/640/2,100kg 1,825/535kg/N/A 2,070/595/2,100kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient 12.7 metres/0.28Cd 12.3 metres/0.29Cd 12.2 metres/0.26Cd
Basic warranty/recovery 3yrs (unltd)/3yrs 3yrs (unltd)/3yrs 3yrs (unltd)/4yrs
Service intervals/UK dealers Variable/153 15,000 (1yr)/97 Variable/136
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos. 14th/16th 3rd/7th 8th/10th
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars N/A N/A N/A
0-60/30-70mph 6.8/6.3 secs 6.9/6.0 secs 7.4/6.9 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th 2.7/3.3 secs 2.8/3.2 secs 3.1/5.3 secs
50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th/8th 4.5/6.1/7.5/13.6 secs 4.5/5.7/8.5/14.3 secs 6.5/9.3 secs/N/A/N/A
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 155mph/1,400rpm 155mph/1,400rpm 155mph/1,500rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph 49.3/35.6/9.7m 51.3/37.2/9.6m 52.3/37.9/9.8m
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph 68/46/56/66dB 68/45/57/67dB 68/42/54/64dB
Auto Express econ. (mpg/mpl)/range 32.6/7.2/574 miles 30.1/6.6/543 miles 26.2/5.8/478 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 41.5/57.6/50.4mpg 36.7/50.4/44.8mpg 36.7/52.3/45.6mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined 9.1/12.7/11.1mpl 8.1/11.5/10.0mpl 8.0/11.5/10.0mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket 232/148g/km/23% 251/167g/km/25% 289/164g/km/26%
Airbags/Isofix/rear parking sensors Six/yes/yes Six/yes/yes Seven/yes/yes
Automatic box/stability/cruise control Yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes
Climate control/leather/heated seats Yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes
Met. paint/xenon lights/keyless entry Yes/yes/£722 Yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/£1,230
Sat-nav/USB connection/Bluetooth Yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes Yes/yes/yes

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Hold on a second, just look at the "prices as tested" for each of the cars. The Merc is £40k, that's forty thousand pounds MORE than the Jaguar XJ and £25k more than the BMW. Now I know buyers in this market are less price sensitive than in other car brackets but please, is the marginal win on the Merc worth paying £25k more than the beemer???

Why not get the boggo models of each where the price gap is £2k between all three and retest!!!