2019 Jaguar XE vs. 2019 Mercedes A-Class

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XE have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Mercedes A-Class doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the XE (except Base)’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 A-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the XE and the A-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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

The XE’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the A-Class’ (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE 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 A-Class.

Engine

The XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 59 more horsepower (247 vs. 188) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 108 more horsepower (296 vs. 188) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XE S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 192 more horsepower (380 vs. 188) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 96 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE 20d gets better fuel mileage than the A 220:

 

 

XE

A-Class

 

2WD

Auto

32 city/42 hwy

24 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

30 city/40 hwy

25 city/33 hwy

 

Regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A-Class doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XE Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the A-Class (14.8 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XE 25t/35t/S’ standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the A-Class (16.6 vs. 13.5 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar XE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A-Class.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XE 300 Sport/S’ brake rotors are larger than those on the A-Class:

 

XE 300 Sport/S

A-Class

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

11.6 inches

The XE 300 Sport/S’ standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the A-Class are solid, not vented.

The XE stops shorter than the A-Class:

 

XE

A-Class

 

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

153 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XE has larger standard tires than the A-Class (225/45R18 vs. 205/55R17). The XE S’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A-Class (F:235/35R20 & R:265/30R20 vs. 205/55R17).

The XE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A-Class’ standard 55 series tires. The XE S’ optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the A-Class’ 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE S offers optional 20-inch wheels. The A-Class’ largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XE’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the A-Class (111.6 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XE is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A-Class.

The XE handles at .96 G’s, while the A 220 4MATIC pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

The XE has 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the A-Class.

Cargo Capacity

The XE has a much larger trunk than the A-Class (14.7 vs. 8.6 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the XE (except Base/Premium) offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The A-Class doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the XE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the A-Class. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XE to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The A-Class doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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