2019 Jaguar XF vs. 2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XF and E-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 E-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.

Both the XF and the E-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 E-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 E-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 E-Class Sedan.

Engine

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

As tested in Car and Driver the XF S is faster than the E 300 Sedan:

 

XF

E-Class

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

12.3 sec

17.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5.4 sec

7.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.2 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

13.5 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

104 MPH

92 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XF Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the E-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

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

E-Class Sedan

 

RWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

Regardless of its engine, regenerative brakes improve the XF’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. Mercedes only offers a regenerative brake system on the E-Class Sedan 53 AMG.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Class Sedan (255/35R20 vs. 245/40R19).

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

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

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 E-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 E-Class Sedan don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling

The XF’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.2% to 49.8%) than the E-Class Sedan’s (54.2% to 45.8%). This gives the XF more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the E-Class Sedan’s (38.1 feet vs. 38.2 feet). The XF’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the E 450 4MATIC Sedan’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 200 pounds less than the Mercedes E-Class Sedan.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the XF S Sedan AWD is quieter than the E 300 Sedan 4MATIC (74 vs. 76 dB).

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sedan has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the E-Class Sedan (17.8 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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 E-Class Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Both the XF and the E-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 E-Class Sedan.

Recommendations

The XF was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 11 years. The E-Class has never been an “All Star.”

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