2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 Mercedes AMG C 63 Cabriolet

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the F-Type and the AMG C 63 Cabriolet 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, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

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 AMG C 63 Cabriolet’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The F-Type’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet’s (6 vs. 5 years).

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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG C 63 Cabriolet.

Engine

The F-Type SVR’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 72 more horsepower (575 vs. 503) than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet S’ optional 4.0 turbo V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R is faster than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet S:

F-Type

AMG C 63

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8 sec

8.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.9 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

12.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

119 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons).

Drivetrain

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 Mercedes AMG C 63 Cabriolet is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

The F-Type stops much shorter than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet:

F-Type

AMG C 63

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type SVR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG C 63 Cabriolet (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:255/40R18 & R:285/35R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet’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 AMG C 63 Cabriolet; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the AMG C 63 Cabriolet.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet’s (35 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is .1 feet tighter than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet’s (37 feet vs. 37.1 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 900 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG C 63 Cabriolet.

The F-Type is 10.9 inches shorter than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The F-Type has 1 inch more front legroom and 1.7 inches more front shoulder room than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet.

Cargo Capacity

The F-Type Convertible has a larger trunk than the AMG C 63 Cabriolet with its top down (7.3 vs. 7 cubic feet).

Ergonomics

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 AMG C 63 Cabriolet doesn’t offer headlight washers.

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 AMG C 63 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The AMG C 63 Cabriolet has never been an “All Star.”

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