2019 Ford Mustang vs. 2019 Jaguar F-Type

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Mustang and the F-Type have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

There are almost 19 times as many Ford dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Mustang’s warranty.

Reliability

The Mustang has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The F-Type doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the car’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Mustang first among midsize sporty cars in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The F-Type isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 67 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Engine

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

 

Mustang

F-Type

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.7 sec

12 sec

Quarter Mile

12.6 sec

13.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

115 MPH

105 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Mustang EcoBoost is faster than the F-Type P300 (automatics tested):

 

Mustang

F-Type

Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

13.9 sec

14.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Mustang 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 Mustang 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

A 10-speed automatic is available on the Ford Mustang, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the F-Type.

To facilitate fast shifting and allow the driver to focus on the road, the Mustang offers an optional up-shift light to indicate when to shift, based on a value pre-entered by the driver. The F-Type doesn’t offer an up-shift light.

Brakes and Stopping

The Mustang stops shorter than the F-Type:

 

Mustang

F-Type

 

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Mustang 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 Mustang’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the F-Type (107.1 inches vs. 103.2 inches).

The Mustang GT Premium Fastback handles at 1.00 G’s, while the F-Type P300 Coupe pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Mustang GT Premium Fastback executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the F-Type P300 Coupe (24 seconds @ .83 average G’s vs. 25.4 seconds @ .73 average G’s).

Chassis

The front grille of the Mustang (except Performance Pack) uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The F-Type doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Mustang uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The F-Type doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Mustang has standard seating for 4 passengers; the F-Type can only carry 2.

The Mustang Fastback has .6 inches more front headroom and 2.1 inches more front legroom than the F-Type Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The Mustang Convertible has a much larger trunk than the F-Type Convertible (11.4 vs. 7.3 cubic feet).

Towing

The Mustang has a 1000 lbs. towing capacity. The F-Type has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Mustang’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.

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

The Mustang’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.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Mustang offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The F-Type doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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

Recommendations

The Ford Mustang outsold the Jaguar F-Type by almost 20 to one during 2017.

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