2020 Lexus LS                        vs.                                        Jaguar XJ

If you are considering a car like the 2020 Lexus LS or Jaguar XJ, you are probably looking for a sporty vehicle with plenty of power. Speed and maneuverability, in addition to comfort and craftsmanship, are the hallmarks of these luxury models. But, the LS and XJ are not the same. Here is a breakdown of some of the qualities they share, and note that there are six models in the LS line, so options vary.



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Vehicles like the LS and XJ are performance-oriented and designed for maximum speed and maneuverability. Both vehicles look and perform like they would operate just as well on the racetrack as they do on the road.

  • The LS 500 model, pictured above, includes Lexus' first twin-turbocharged engine, providing speeds of up to 60 mph in under five seconds, and up to 30 miles to the gallon on the highway. The XJ has a slower acceleration and gets only 27 mpg.
  • The LS' standard Adaptive Variable Suspension provides the kind of handling and maneuverability you would expect to find in a much larger, heavier automobile. The Jaguar XJ's extended wheelbase is responsible for the Jaguar's improved road handling.
  • Every model in the Lexus LS series is available with automatic All-Wheel Drive, further improving handling and maneuverability, even in volatile weather conditions.

Luxury & Convenience

Also recognized for their unparalleled luxury, the level of detail and craftsmanship which goes into manufacturing high-performance vehicles like the Lexus LS and Jaguar XJ requires handmade customization that can take months to complete.

  • Kiriko style glass detailing comes optional in higher-end packages. Including this Japanese method of handcrafting layered, multicolored glass transcends traditional car design, elevating the LS to a true work of art. Kiriko style detailing is not available on the Jaguar XJ.
  • Handcrafted, Takumi wood trim, fashioned from multiple layers of the Agathis tree, is another optional design feature unique to the Lexus LS. While the Jaguar's interior is exquisitely manufactured, this level of customization is not available.
  • 28-Way Power Front Seats are not only highly customizable but heated, and include a massage function. Meanwhile, the Jaguar's twin-needle stitched interior focuses largely on logo placement.
  • Full-Service, Four Zone Climate "Concierge" controls allow the driver and all passengers, including those in the rear, to customize the climate in their area of the cabin. The Jaguar XJ does not offer this level of personal convenience.
  • The Panoramic Glass Roof takes the sunroof to new heights, allowing for up to twice the amount of natural light in the cabin. The XJ also has a tinted and retractable glass roof.

While the Jaguar name is deservedly synonymous with automotive excellence, the Lexus LS continues setting industry standards with its innovative design, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. The optional, artisanal features in the models from the Lexus LS line surpass anything previously seen in auto design. Contact Hennessy Lexus Atlanta to arrange for a test drive.