2019 Jaguar XF vs. 2019 Mercedes E-Class Wagon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XF and E-Class Wagon 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 Wagon’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 E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the XF and the E-Class Wagon 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 Wagon’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 Wagon’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 Wagon.

Engine

The XF S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 18 more horsepower (380 vs. 362) than the E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XF 20d AWD gets better fuel mileage than the E-Class Wagon (30 city/40 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

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

Brakes and Stopping

The XF stops much shorter than the E-Class Wagon:

 

XF

E-Class

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Class Wagon (255/35R20 vs. 245/45R18).

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 Wagon’s optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF offers optional 20-inch wheels. The E-Class Wagon’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 Wagon; 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.

Suspension and Handling

The XF S Sportbrake handles at .87 G’s, while the E 450 4MATIC Wagon pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XF’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the E-Class Wagon’s (38.1 feet vs. 39 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 700 pounds less than the Mercedes E-Class Wagon.

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sportbrake has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the E-Class Wagon with its rear seat folded (69.7 vs. 64 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XF offers cargo security. The E-Class Wagon’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

Ergonomics

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the XF has a standard rear speed-sensitive intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the E-Class Wagon only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 Wagon doesn’t offer headlight washers.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XF (except Base/Premium/Prestige/Sportbrake) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Both the XF and the E-Class Wagon offer optional heated front seats. The XF also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the E-Class Wagon.

Model Availability

The XF is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The E-Class Wagon doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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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