2019 Jaguar XF vs. 2019 Mercedes C-Class Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XF and C-Class Sedan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XF 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 XF 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 XF’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 XF 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

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

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF 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.

Engine

The XF’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 XF Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the C-Class Sedan:

 

 

 

MPG

XF Sedan

 

RWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

31 city/42 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 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 XF’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XF Sportbrake’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the C-Class Sedan (19.8 vs. 17.4 gallons).

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the C-Class Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/50R17). The XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C-Class Sedan (255/35R20 vs. 225/40R19).

The XF’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the C-Class Sedan’s standard 50 series tires. The XF’s optional tires have a lower 35 series profile than the C-Class Sedan’s optional 40 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the C-Class Sedan. The XF’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the C-Class Sedan.

The XF 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

The XF Sportbrake has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The C-Class Sedan doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the C-Class Sedan (116.5 inches vs. 111.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XF is 1 inch wider in the front and 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Sedan.

The XF’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.2% to 49.8%) than the C-Class Sedan’s (53% to 47%). This gives the XF more stable handling and braking.

The XF S Sedan AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the C 300 Sedan 4MATIC (25.5 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis

The design of the Jaguar XF amounts to more than styling. The XF offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .28 to .29 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is 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 XF get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the XF Sedan a Mid-size car, while the C-Class Sedan is rated a Compact.

The XF has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-Class Sedan (95 vs. 90).

The XF Sedan has 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-Class Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sedan has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the C-Class Sedan (17.8 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XF 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.

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

Both the XF and the C-Class Sedan offer optional heated front seats. The XF 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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