2019 Mercedes C-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The C-Class Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XE doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan 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 XE doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the C-Class Sedan and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the C-Class Sedan the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

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 C-Class Sedan’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 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.

Engine

The C-Class Sedan has more powerful engines than the XE:

 

Horsepower

Torque

C 300 Sedan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

255 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

AMG C 43 Sedan 3.0 turbo V6

385 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XE 30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XE S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

The C-Class Sedan has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE Diesel’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes C-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XE.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the C-Class Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XE:

 

C 300

AMG C 43

XE

XE 300 Sport/S

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12.4 inches

13.8 inches

The C-Class Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the XE are solid, not vented.

The C-Class Sedan stops much shorter than the XE:

 

C-Class

XE

 

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the C-Class Sedan 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 C 300 Sedan handles at .91 G’s, while the XE AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The C 300 Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the XE AWD (25.7 seconds @ .71 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

The C-Class Sedan is 6.1 inches narrower than the XE, making the C-Class Sedan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the C-Class Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XE doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

The C-Class Sedan has .1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

The C-Class Sedan’s optional 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 C-Class Sedan offers an optional 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.

The C-Class Sedan has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XE doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the C-Class Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Mercedes C-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Jaguar XE isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its June 2017 issue and they ranked the Mercedes C 300 Sedan three places higher than the Jaguar XE Prestige.

The C-Class Sedan was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The XE has never been an “All Star.”

The Mercedes C-Class outsold the Jaguar XE by almost 12 to one during the 2018 model year.

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