2019 Mercedes E-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Jaguar XF

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The E-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 XF doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes E-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 XF doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The rear seatbelts optional on the E-Class Sedan inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The XF doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the E-Class Sedan and the XF 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 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 IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the E-Class Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2018, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XF 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 E-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the E-Class Sedan’s reliability 50 points higher than the XF.

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 E-Class Sedan has more powerful engines than the XF:

 

Horsepower

Torque

E 300 Sedan 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

241 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

E 450 4MATIC Sedan 3.0 turbo V6

362 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

AMG E 53 Sedan 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. hybrid

429 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

XF 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XF 30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XF S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

The E-Class Sedan 450/AMG 53’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XF Sedan’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 19.5 gallons).

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the E-Class Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the XF:

 

E-Class

AMG E 53

XF 25t/20d

XF 30t/S

Front Rotors

13.5 inches

14.6 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

14.2 inches

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

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

 

E-Class

XF

 

70 to 0 MPH

154 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

106 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 E-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 XF doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

The E-Class Sedan’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 XF doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC handles at .93 G’s, while the XF R-Sport Sedan AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The E-Class Sedan 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.7 seconds quicker than the XF R-Sport Sedan AWD (25.1 seconds @ .77 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the E 300 Sedan 4MATIC is quieter than the XF S Sedan AWD (38 vs. 40 dB).

Passenger Space

The E-Class Sedan has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XF (98 vs. 95).

The E-Class Sedan has .3 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the XF Sedan.

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

The E-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 XF doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the E-Class Sedan to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The XF doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid. Its optional heated washer nozzles will defrost the washer fluid but not the windshield.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the E-Class Sedan has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The XF doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

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

The E-Class Sedan 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 XF doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Mercedes E-Class comes in coupe, convertible, sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Jaguar XF isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes E-Class Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its May 2017 issue and they ranked the Mercedes E-Class Sedan 4MATIC first. They ranked the Jaguar XF S Sedan AWD fifth.

The E-Class was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The XF hasn’t been picked since 2009.

The Mercedes E-Class outsold the Jaguar XF by almost 15 to one during the 2018 model year.

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