Round 3: Interior Space
With its unique proportions, swept-back profile and clever visual trickery (the blacked-out C-pillars, for example) the XJL's appearance distracts from its massive dimensions - 206.6 inches long, 74.6 inches wide and 57 inches tall - making its spacious interior almost surprising. Front occupants get 41.5 inches of legroom and an additional feeling of roominess courtesy of the expansive leather dash and wraparound wood veneer. The extended wheelbase affords rear passenger 44.1 inches of legroom, nearly five inches more than in the standard XJ. Up front, all controls and switchgear are well placed with a slight bias toward the driver. Rear passenger controls include seat massage, heating and cooling, and cabin climate. The 760Li has similar dimensions, measuring 205.3 inches long, 74.9 inches wide and 58.3 inches tall. Inside, front occupants get 41.2 inches of legroom, though the seating position feels much closer to the road ahead. Riding on a 126.4-inch wheelbase, rear passengers enjoy 44.3 inches of legroom and a bevy of controls, including one for the position of the front passenger seat, allowing rear passengers to further enhance their legroom. Despite its short deck lid, the Jag actually has a slight edge in cargo space, with its the truck opening to an unusually wide angle and swallowing 15.2 cu. ft of luggage, roughly a cubic foot more than the BMW.
Scorecard: Both interiors are commodious places to spend some time. Dead even.