2019 Mercedes A-Class vs. 2019 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the A-Class’ warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 14th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 56 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 15th in reliability. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

 

MPG

A-Class

 

FWD

220 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/35 hwy

 

AWD

220 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/33 hwy

XE

 

FWD

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy

 

 

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/31 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

 

AWD

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

 

 

S 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/29 hwy

Transmission

The A-Class offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The XE doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the A-Class’ standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the XE:

 

A-Class

XE

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The A-Class stops much shorter than the XE:

 

A-Class

XE

 

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the A-Class can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XE doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The A 220 4MATIC handles at .95 G’s, while the XE R-Sport AWD pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the A-Class’ turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the XE’s (36.1 feet vs. 36.8 feet).

Chassis

The A-Class is 4.8 inches shorter than the XE, making the A-Class easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The A-Class is 6.7 inches narrower than the XE, making the A-Class easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The A-Class has 3.3 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom and .2 inches more rear headroom than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

The A-Class’ standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The XE Base doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 6th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 27% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 15th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the XE (except Base), the A-Class has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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