2019 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2018 Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

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Safety

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To help make backing safer, the F-Type’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Type and the C-Class Cabriolet 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, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The C-Class Cabriolet’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The F-Type’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the C-Class Cabriolet’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the C-Class Cabriolet.

Engine

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The F-Type has more powerful engines than the C-Class Cabriolet:

 

Horsepower

Torque

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.

C 300 Cabriolet 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

AMG C 43 Cabriolet 3.0 turbo V6

362 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R is faster than the C 300 Cabriolet (automatics tested):

 

F-Type

C-Class

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

2.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

6.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8 sec

16.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.9 sec

7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

3.7 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.8 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

94 MPH

Top Speed

186 MPH

129 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type P300 RWD gets better fuel mileage than the C 300 RWD Cabriolet (23 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

The F-Type has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-Class Cabriolet (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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

The F-Type Auto’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the F-Type’s brake rotors are larger than those on the C-Class Cabriolet:

 

F-Type

F-Type P380

F-Type R/SVR

F-Type opt.

C-Class

AMG C 43

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

13 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the C-Class Cabriolet:

 

F-Type

C-Class

 

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

158 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the C-Class Cabriolet (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/40R18). The F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Cabriolet (275/40R19 vs. 225/45R18).

The F-Type’s optional 255/35R20 front and 295/30R20 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 AMG C 43 Cabriolet’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The C-Class Cabriolet’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .9 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Cabriolet.

The F-Type R Convertible handles at .96 G’s, while the C 300 Cabriolet pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the C 300 Cabriolet’s (35.1 feet vs. 36.8 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the AMG C 43 Cabriolet’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet.

The F-Type is 8.5 inches shorter than the AMG C 43 Cabriolet, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The F-Type has 1 inch more front legroom and 1.7 inches more front shoulder room than the C-Class Cabriolet.

Cargo Capacity

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The F-Type Convertible has a larger trunk than the C-Class Cabriolet with its top down (7.3 vs. 7 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

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In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Type third among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The C-Class Cabriolet isn’t in the top three.

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The C-Class Cabriolet has never been an “All Star.”

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