2019 Jaguar XE vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XE and C-Class Sedan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XE has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The C-Class Sedan’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XE has a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the XE’s standard All Surface Progress Control allows you to creep down safely. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer All Surface Progress Control.

Both the XE and the C-Class Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, 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, rear cross-path warning 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 C-Class Sedan’s 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 C-Class Sedan’s (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 C-Class Sedan.

Reliability

The battery on the XE is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XE’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The C-Class Sedan’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 273) than the C 300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE gets better fuel mileage than the C-Class Sedan:

 

 

 

MPG

XE

 

RWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

32 city/42 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

C-Class Sedan

 

RWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/33 hwy

 

 

AMG 43 3.0 turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

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

Brakes and Stopping

The XE stops much shorter than the C-Class Sedan:

 

XE

C-Class Sedan

 

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XE S’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Sedan (F:235/35R20 & R:265/30R20 vs. F:225/40R19 & R:255/35R19).

The XE S’ optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 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 C-Class Sedan’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

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

The XE has a standard 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 C-Class Sedan; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the C-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XE is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Sedan.

The XE R-Sport handles at .94 G’s, while the C 300 Sedan 4MATIC pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XE R-Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the C 300 Sedan 4MATIC (24.9 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

The design of the Jaguar XE amounts to more than styling. The XE has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is significantly lower than the C-Class Sedan (.3 to .32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XE get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the XE is 1.5 inches lower than the C-Class Sedan (15” vs. 16.5”). The XE’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the C-Class Sedan’s (15” vs. 16.8”).

Cargo Capacity

The XE has a much larger trunk than the C-Class Sedan (14.7 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the XE easier. The XE’s trunk lift-over height is 25.5 inches, while the C-Class Sedan’s liftover is 28 inches.

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 C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Both the XE and the C-Class Sedan offer optional heated front seats. The XE also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the C-Class Sedan.

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