2019 Mercedes AMG GLC 63 vs. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG GLC 63 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jaguar F-Pace doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The AMG GLC 63’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The F-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG GLC 63 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar F-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the AMG GLC 63 and the F-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

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 AMG GLC 63’s 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 15th 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’ 2019 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 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

The AMG GLC 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 222 more horsepower (469 vs. 247) and 210 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 269) than the F-Pace 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The AMG GLC 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 173 more horsepower (469 vs. 296) and 184 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 295) than the F-Pace 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The AMG GLC 63’s 4.0 turbo V8 produces 89 more horsepower (469 vs. 380) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (479 vs. 332) than the F-Pace S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the AMG GLC 63 is faster than the F-Pace S:

AMG GLC 63

F-Pace

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.8 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.9 sec

13.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.4 sec

5.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.4 sec

3.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.1 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

12 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

115 MPH

102 MPH

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes AMG GLC 63, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the F-Pace.

The AMG GLC 63’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The F-Pace doesn’t offer launch control.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the AMG GLC 63 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the F-Pace, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The AMG GLC 63 has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The AMG GLC 63’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG GLC 63’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The F-Pace doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the AMG GLC 63 is 1.5 inches wider in the front and .4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the F-Pace.

For greater off-road capability the AMG GLC 63 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the F-Pace SVR (6.1 vs. 5.9 inches), allowing the AMG GLC 63 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The AMG GLC 63 is 5.5 inches narrower than the F-Pace, making the AMG GLC 63 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

The AMG GLC 63 has .5 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the F-Pace.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 45% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the F-Pace (except Base), the AMG GLC 63 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the AMG GLC 63 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the F-Pace.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG GLC 63 has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The AMG GLC 63 has a 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Mercedes AMG GLC 63 comes in traditional 4-door sport utility and 4-door coupe bodystyles; the Jaguar F-Pace isn’t available as a coupe style sport utility.

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