2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman

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 718 Cayman 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 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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 718 Cayman 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 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the F-Type and the 718 Cayman 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and front parking sensors.

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 718 Cayman’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 4 years and 50,000 miles longer than Porsche pays for maintenance for the 718 Cayman (5/60,000 vs. 1/10,000).

Engine

The F-Type has more powerful engines than the 718 Cayman:

Horsepower

Torque

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.

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

F-Type SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman S 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

350 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman GTS 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

365 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman GTS 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

365 HP

317 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the F-Type SVR is faster than the 718 Cayman S (automatics tested):

F-Type

718 Cayman

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122.7 MPH

114.9 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the F-Type R is faster than the Porsche 718 Cayman (automatics tested):

F-Type

718 Cayman

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

11.8 sec

12.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122.3 MPH

111.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type P300 RWD gets better fuel mileage than the 718 Cayman Auto with its standard engine (23 city/30 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

The F-Type 2.0-liter’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the 718 Cayman’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 14.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the 718 Cayman’s optional fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16.9 gallons).

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 718 Cayman.

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar F-Type, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the 718 Cayman.

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 Porsche 718 Cayman is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the F-Type’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 718 Cayman:

F-Type

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R/SVR

F-Type opt.

Cayman

Cayman opt.

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

11.8 inches

13.8 inches

The F-Type stops shorter than the 718 Cayman:

F-Type

718 Cayman

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

146 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the 718 Cayman (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:235/45R18 & R:265/45R18). The F-Type SVR’s front tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 718 Cayman (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:245/35R20 & R:305/30R20).

The F-Type’s standard 275/40R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 718 Cayman’s standard 45 series tires.

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 718 Cayman; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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 718 Cayman doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Type’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the 718 Cayman (103.2 inches vs. 97.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3.7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 718 Cayman.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.1 feet tighter than the 718 Cayman’s (35 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F-Type R Coupe is quieter than the 718 Cayman:

F-Type

718 Cayman

At idle

47 dB

54 dB

Full-Throttle

83 dB

88 dB

70 MPH Cruising

72 dB

76 dB

Cargo Capacity

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 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

The F-Type Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the 718 Cayman, 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 718 Cayman.

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 718 Cayman 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 718 Cayman’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 718 Cayman doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

The Jaguar F-Type comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Porsche 718 Cayman isn’t available as a convertible.

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