2019 Mercedes E-Class Wagon vs. 2019 Jaguar XF

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The E-Class Wagon’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 Wagon 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the E-Class Wagon. But it costs extra on the XF.

Both the E-Class Wagon 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 lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 Wagon’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 E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 115 more horsepower (362 vs. 247) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 269) than the XF 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 66 more horsepower (362 vs. 296) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the XF 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The E-Class Wagon’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the XF S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the E 400 4MATIC Wagon gets better fuel mileage than the XF S Sportbrake AWD (19 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

The E-Class Wagon has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the XF Diesel’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The E-Class Wagon has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XF Sportbrake’s standard fuel tank (21.1 vs. 19.8 gallons).

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Mercedes E-Class Wagon, 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 Wagon’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XF:

 

E-Class

XF 25t/20d

XF 30t/S

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

14.2 inches

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

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

 

E-Class

XF

 

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the E-Class Wagon 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 rear suspension of the E-Class Wagon uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the XF, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The E-Class Wagon’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.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the E-Class Wagon a Mid-Size Station Wagon car, while the XF Sportbrake is rated a Small Station Wagon.

The E-Class Wagon has standard seating for 7 passengers; the XF can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity

The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area provides more volume than the XF Sportbrake.

 

E-Class

XF

Third Seat Removed

35 cubic feet

31.7 cubic feet

The E-Class Wagon’s cargo area is larger than the XF Sportbrake’s in almost every dimension:

 

E-Class

XF

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

46.3”/78.9”

45”/n.a.

Height

32.2”

26.7”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the E-Class Wagon’s second row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XF doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

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 Wagon 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 Wagon 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.

The E-Class Wagon 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

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its June 2018 issue and they ranked the Mercedes E 400 4MATIC Wagon first. They ranked the Jaguar XF S Sportbrake third.

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

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