2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 Chevrolet Corvette

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The F-Type has standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, which use 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 Corvette doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Corvette doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The F-Type’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Corvette doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F-Type’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Corvette doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the F-Type’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Corvette doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The F-Type’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 Corvette doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the F-Type and the Corvette 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, daytime running lights and rearview cameras.

Warranty

The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Corvette’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The F-Type’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Corvette runs out after 100,000 miles.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Corvette.

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-Type have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the Corvette:

MPG

F-Type

RWD

Auto

P300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

P340 3.0 supercharged V6

20 city/28 hwy

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

Auto

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

R 5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/24 hwy

SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/24 hwy

Corvette

RWD

Manual

6.2 OHV V8

16 city/25 hwy

Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

15 city/22 hwy

ZR1 6.2 supercharged V8

13 city/19 hwy

Auto

6.2 OHV V8

15 city/25 hwy

Z06 6.2 supercharged V8

14 city/23 hwy

ZR1 6.2 supercharged V8

12 city/20 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Corvette doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar F-Type higher (3 to 7 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Corvette (1). This means the F-Type produces up to 47 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Corvette every 15,000 miles.

Transmission and Drivetrain

The Jaguar F-Type comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Corvette.

All wheel drive, available in the F-Type, provides the best traction for acceleration in wet, dry, and icy conditions. In corners, all wheel drive allows both outside wheels to provide power, balancing the car. This allows for better handling. The Chevrolet Corvette is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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

F-Type

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R/SVR

F-Type opt.

Corvette

Corvette ZR1

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

12.6 inches

15.5 inches

The F-Type stops much shorter than the Corvette:

F-Type

Corvette

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

149 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Corvette’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

The F-Type offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Corvette; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

The front and rear suspension of the F-Type uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Corvette, which uses transverse leafs springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The F-Type’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 Corvette doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Corvette.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (35 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (37 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F-Type R Coupe is quieter than the Corvette ZR1 Coupe:

F-Type

Corvette

At idle

47 dB

57 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

99 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

76 dB

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the F-Type easier. The F-Type’s trunk lift-over height is 33.3 inches, while the Corvette’s liftover is 41.2 inches.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Corvette doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Corvette, the F-Type has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The F-Type’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Corvette.

On a hot day the F-Type’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Corvette can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The F-Type’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Corvette’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Corvette doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F-Type detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Corvette doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The F-Type’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corvette’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

On extremely cold winter days, the F-Type’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Corvette doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The F-Type R-Dynamic/R/SVR’s optional Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Corvette doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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