2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the F-Type and the 4 Series Convertible 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, 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 4 Series Convertible’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 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the 4 Series Convertible (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Engine

The F-Type has more powerful engines than the 4 Series Convertible:

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.

430i Convertible 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

440i Convertible 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

320 HP

330 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the 4 Series Convertible (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Transmission

The F-Type’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the F-Type’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 4 Series Convertible:

F-Type

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R/SVR

F-Type opt.

430i

440i

440i M Sport

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

12.3 inches

13.4 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

11.8 inches

13 inches

13.6 inches

The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the 4 Series Convertible (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. 225/45R18). The F-Type SVR’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 4 Series Convertible (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:225/40R19 & R:255/35R19).

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 4 Series Convertible’s standard 45 series tires. The F-Type’s optional 255/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the 4 Series Convertible’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The 4 Series Convertible’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 4 Series Convertible; 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 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 4 Series Convertible 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 front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the 4 Series Convertible.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the 4 Series Convertible’s (35 feet vs. 37.1 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the 4 Series Convertible xDrive’s (37 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 700 pounds less than the BMW 4 Series Convertible.

The F-Type is 6.5 inches shorter than the 4 Series Convertible, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The F-Type has .8 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more front shoulder room than the 4 Series Convertible.

Cargo Capacity

With its convertible body style and remote trunk release lockout, the F-Type offers cargo security. The 4 Series Convertible’s non-lockable folding seat defeats cargo security.

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 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the 4 Series Convertible, 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. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The F-Type’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The 4 Series Convertible has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the F-Type keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The 4 Series Convertible doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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