Poll: Jaguar XE 35t or BMW 340i?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

It’s time for another poll! Which luxury sports sedan do YOU prefer, the fresh-faced Jaguar XE, which is brand new, or the ever-popular BMW 340i?

Starting with the big-cat offering, the XE 35t is motivated by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. This powerplant delivers 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. It’s matched exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This combo can propel this largely aluminum luxury car to 60 miles an hour in a claimed 5.1 seconds, top speed is 155 miles an hour.

For added traction, this Jaguar can also be had with all-wheel drive, which does eat into its fuel efficiency a little bit. In its most economical guise, the XE 35t stickers at 21 miles per gallon in urban driving and 30 on the highway. Combined it should average 24 MPG.

Mirroring its British rival, the 340i also features a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, though its cylinders are arranged in a row, for perfect internal balance. This turbocharged unit is good for 320 horses and 330 lb-ft of twisty goodness. Similarly, an eight-speed automatic gearbox is offered, but you can also avail yourself of a six-ratio manual for maximum fun. All-wheel drive is available as well.

As for efficiency, the best this Bimmer can do is 21 MPG city, 32 highway and 25 combined when equipped with a self-shifting transmission, figures that better its rival, if only just.

But the Jag has a lead in one critical area: pricing. It kicks off around $43,000 but the 340i is about six-grand more expensive.

So, which of these luxury sports sedans do YOU prefer? Compare them to each other right here and please vote in our latest poll!

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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