2019 Chevrolet Corvette vs. 2020 Jaguar F-Type

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Corvette and the F-Type have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

There are almost 18 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corvette’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

The Corvette has more powerful engines than the F-Type:

Horsepower

Torque

Corvette 6.2 V8

455 HP

460 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z51 6.2 V8

460 HP

465 lbs.-ft.

Corvette Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

650 HP

650 lbs.-ft.

Corvette ZR1 6.2 supercharged V8

755 HP

715 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P340 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P380 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

F-Type SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z51 is faster than the F-Type P380 (manual transmissions tested):

Corvette

F-Type

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.1 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.7 sec

12 sec

Quarter Mile

12.2 sec

13.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117 MPH

105 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Corvette Z06 is faster than the F-Type R (automatics tested):

Corvette

F-Type

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

3.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

8.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.2 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

11.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

127 MPH

122 MPH

As tested in Road and Track the Corvette ZR1 is faster than the F-Type P380 (automatics tested):

Corvette

F-Type

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.1 sec

4.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

4.8 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

6.8 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11.1 sec

12.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

129.1 MPH

110 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Corvette ZR1 is faster than the F-Type P300 (automatics tested):

Corvette

F-Type

Zero to 60 MPH

3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

10.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

133.1 MPH

99.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Corvette (except ZR1)’s fuel efficiency. The F-Type doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Corvette uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The F-Type requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Corvette has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Type 2.0-liter’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Corvette has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The F-Type doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The Corvette offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The F-Type doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

The Corvette stops much shorter than the F-Type:

Corvette

F-Type

80 to 0 MPH

167 feet

196 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

127 feet

151 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

88 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the F-Type (F:285/30R19 & R:335/25R20 vs. F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20).

The Corvette’s standard 245/35R19 front and 285/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Type’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The Corvette Z06/Grand Sport/ZR1’s 285/30R19 front and 335/25R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series front and 25 series rear profile than the F-Type’s optional 35 series front and 30 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Corvette has standard 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the F-Type.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Corvette can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The F-Type doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Corvette has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The F-Type’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Corvette’s wheelbase is 3.5 inches longer than on the F-Type (106.7 inches vs. 103.2 inches).

The Corvette Grand Sport Coupe handles at 1.18 G’s, while the F-Type P300 Coupe pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Convertible handles at 1.14 G’s, while the F-Type R Convertible pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Corvette Z06 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 3.1 seconds quicker than the F-Type P300 Coupe (22.3 seconds @ 1.06 average G’s vs. 25.4 seconds @ .73 average G’s).

Chassis

The design of the Chevrolet Corvette amounts to more than styling. The Corvette has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .29 Cd. That is significantly lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the Corvette go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Corvette get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Corvette Stingray Coupe is quieter than the F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe (71 vs. 74 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The Corvette Coupe has a larger trunk than the F-Type Coupe (15 vs. 14.4 cubic feet).

The Corvette Convertible has a much larger trunk than the F-Type Convertible (10 vs. 7.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

The Corvette’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The F-Type does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Corvette offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The F-Type doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Corvette has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Type doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Corvette’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The F-Type’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The Corvette has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the F-Type.

With standard voice command, the Corvette offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F-Type doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Recommendations

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its June 2014 issue and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible won out over the Jaguar F-Type R Convertible.

The Corvette was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 15 of the last 22 years. The F-Type has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Corvette was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2014 Car of the Year. The F-Type has never been chosen.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Corvette as the 2014 North American Car of the Year. The F-Type has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Corvette outsold the Jaguar F-Type by over 8 to one during 2018.

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