2019 Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door vs. 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The AMG GT 4-Door’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The AMG GT 4-Door has a standard Active Brake Assist, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The XE SV Project 8 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The AMG GT 4-Door has a standard Rear Cross Traffic Brake that use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The AMG GT 4-Door has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the AMG GT 4-Door and the XE SV Project 8 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 and daytime running lights.

The Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door weighs 792 to 911 pounds more than the Jaguar XE SV Project 8. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 GT 4-Door’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 12th in initial quality. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

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 GT 63’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (590 vs. 516) than the XE SV Project 8’s 5.0 supercharged V8. The AMG GT 63 S’ standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 38 more horsepower (630 vs. 592) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (664 vs. 516) than the XE SV Project 8’s 5.0 supercharged V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the AMG GT 53 gets better fuel mileage than the XE SV Project 8 (19 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the AMG GT 4-Door 63/63 S’ fuel efficiency. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regenerative brakes improve the AMG GT 4-Door 53’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door higher (5 to 6 out of 10) than the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 (3). This means the AMG GT 4-Door produces up to 23.4 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the XE SV Project 8 every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is available on the Mercedes AMG GT 4-Door, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XE SV Project 8.

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the AMG GT 4-Door offers optional 21-inch wheels. The XE SV Project 8’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The AMG GT 53 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The AMG GT 4-Door’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions that would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the AMG GT 4-Door’s wheelbase is 4.6 inches longer than on the XE SV Project 8 (116.2 inches vs. 111.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the AMG GT 4-Door is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the XE SV Project 8.

Passenger Space

The AMG GT 4-Door has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XE SV Project 8 (96 vs. 91).

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 XE SV Project 8 Premium/Prestige/Portfolio/R-Sport/S, the AMG GT 4-Door 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 GT 4-Door to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

On extremely cold winter days, the AMG GT 4-Door’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the AMG GT 4-Door offers an optional Distronic, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The AMG GT 4-Door offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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