2019 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The F-Type Automatic has standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to detect an immediately impending crash (warning the driver first if the available collision warning system is equipped) and automatically apply the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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

The F-Type’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F-Type’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The F-Type’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The F-Type has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F-Type and the GranTurismo Convertible 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, rear parking sensors and available front parking sensors.

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

The F-Type’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the GranTurismo Convertible’s (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

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. Maserati doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the GranTurismo Convertible.

There are over 41 percent more Jaguar dealers than there are Maserati dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the F-Type’s warranty.

Engine

The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 96 more horsepower (550 vs. 454) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 384) than the GranTurismo Convertible’s 4.7 DOHC V8. The F-Type SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 121 more horsepower (575 vs. 454) and 132 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 384) than the GranTurismo Convertible’s 4.7 DOHC V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the GranTurismo Convertible:

 

 

 

MPG

F-Type

RWD

Manual

P340 3.0 supercharged V6

16 city/24 hwy

 

 

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

15 city/24 hwy

 

Auto

P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

 

 

P340 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

 

 

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

 

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

 

 

R 5.0 supercharged V8

15 city/23 hwy

 

 

SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/24 hwy

GranTurismo Convertible

RWD

Auto

4.7 DOHC V8

13 city/20 hwy

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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar F-Type higher (3 to 7 out of 10) than the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible (1). This means the F-Type produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the GranTurismo Convertible every 15,000 miles.

Transmission and Drivetrain

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar F-Type, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the GranTurismo Convertible.

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 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible is not available with all wheel drive.

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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the F-Type’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GranTurismo Convertible:

 

F-Type

GranTurismo Convertible

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

13 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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the GranTurismo Convertible:

 

F-Type

GranTurismo Convertible

 

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

150 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GranTurismo Convertible (275/40R19 vs. 245/35R20).

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 GranTurismo Convertible’s 35 series tires.

The F-Type offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the GranTurismo Convertible; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GranTurismo Convertible.

The F-Type R Convertible handles at .96 G’s, while the GranTurismo Convertible pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 5.3 feet tighter than the GranTurismo Convertible’s (35.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the GranTurismo Convertible’s (37.1 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 1000 pounds less than the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible.

The F-Type is 1 foot, 5.3 inches shorter than the GranTurismo Convertible, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The F-Type Convertible has a much larger trunk than the GranTurismo Convertible (7.3 vs. 6.1 cubic feet).

With its convertible body style and remote trunk release lockout, the F-Type offers cargo security. The GranTurismo Convertible’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

The F-Type Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the GranTurismo Convertible, the F-Type has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

On a hot day the F-Type’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the GranTurismo Convertible can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Pushbutton Start standard on the F-Type allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse. The Maserati GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F-Type detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the F-Type’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The F-Type’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The GranTurismo Convertible’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

The F-Type’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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 GranTurismo Convertible isn’t in the top three.

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

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