2020 BMW M4 vs. 2020 Jaguar F-Type

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The M4 offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The F-Type only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the M4 and the F-Type have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.


The M4’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the F-Type’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the M4’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that BMW vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 61 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 BMW vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks BMW 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.


The M4 has more powerful engines than the F-Type:



M4 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

425 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

M4 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

444 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P340 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P380 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the BMW M4 (base engine) is faster than the F-Type P300 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

3.9 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter Mile

12.1 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

119.1 MPH

99.7 MPH

In a Motor Trend race course test, the BMW M4 Coupe was clocked 2.32 seconds faster than the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe (99.69 sec. vs. 102.01 sec.).


The M4 offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The F-Type doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The M4 offers an optional sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The F-Type doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the M4’s brake rotors are larger than those on the F-Type:



Front Rotors

15 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

14.6 inches

12.8 inches

The M4 stops much shorter than the F-Type:



80 to 0 MPH

193 feet

196 feet

Road and Track

60 to 0 MPH

98 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the M4 has larger front standard tires than the F-Type (F:255/40R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18).

The M4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Type’s standard 45 series front tires. The M4’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the F-Type’s optional 35 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

The M4 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The F-Type’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M4’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the F-Type (110.7 inches vs. 103.2 inches).

The M4 Coupe handles at 1.01 G’s, while the F-Type P300 Coupe pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The M4 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the F-Type P300 Coupe (24.1 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 25.4 seconds @ .73 average G’s).


The design of the BMW M4 amounts to more than styling. The M4 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .34 Cd. That is lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the M4 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the M4 get better fuel mileage.

The M4’s standard power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe. The F-Type doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the M4 Coupe is quieter than the F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe (68 vs. 74 dB).

Passenger Space

The M4 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the F-Type can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity

The M4 Convertible has a larger trunk with its top down than the F-Type Convertible (7.8 vs. 7.3 cubic feet). The M4 Convertible has a larger trunk with its top up than the F-Type Convertible (11 vs. 7.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the M4 easier. The M4’s trunk lift-over height is 26.2 inches, while the F-Type’s liftover is 33.3 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just kicking your foot under the back bumper can open the M4’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The F-Type doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.


The M4 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The F-Type doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the M4 has a standard remote convertible top that can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The F-Type doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The F-Type doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the M4 has standard cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The F-Type doesn’t offer cornering lights. The M4 also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The M4’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The F-Type’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the M4 Coupe to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The F-Type doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The M4 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the F-Type.

With standard voice command, the M4 offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F-Type doesn’t offer a voice control system.


Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its November 2014 issue and they ranked the BMW M4 Coupe four places higher than the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe.

The 4 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2014. The F-Type has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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