2019 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 BMW Z4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The F-Type has standard tall side airbags which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Z4 doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head.

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Z4 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the F-Type and the Z4 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, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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 Z4’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the Z4 (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Engine

The F-Type has more powerful engines than the Z4:

 

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.

Z4 sDrive30i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

Z4 M40i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

382 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Z4 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Z4 (18.5 vs. 13.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The F-Type offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Z4 doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

All wheel drive, available in the F-Type, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The BMW Z4 is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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 Z4 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the Z4 (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:255/40R18). The F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Z4 (275/40R19 vs. 255/35R19).

The F-Type’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Z4’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Z4’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Z4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Type’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the Z4 (103.2 inches vs. 97.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Z4.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Z4’s (35.1 feet vs. 36 feet).

Passenger Space

The F-Type has .8 inches more front legroom and 2.2 inches more front shoulder room than the Z4.

Cargo Capacity

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 Z4 doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

The F-Type’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Z4’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

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 Z4 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the F-Type keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Z4 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Model Availability

The Jaguar F-Type comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the BMW Z4 isn’t available as a coupe.

Recommendations

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The Z4 has never been an “All Star.”

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