2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 BMW M4

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 M4 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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 M4 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 M4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the F-Type and the M4 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 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 M4’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 M4 (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Engine

The F-Type SVR’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 122 more horsepower (575 vs. 453) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 442) than the M4 CS Coupe’s optional 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R is faster than the BMW M4 (base engine) (automatics tested):

F-Type

M4

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

8.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.9 sec

4.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

2.8 sec

2.9 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

12.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

119 MPH

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

F-Type

M4

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

4 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122.7 MPH

117.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the M4 Coupe:

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

M4 Coupe

RWD

Manual

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

18 city/25 hwy

Auto

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

17 city/23 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the M4 Convertible:

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

M4 Convertible

RWD

Manual

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

17 city/25 hwy

Auto

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

16 city/22 hwy

The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the M4 (18.5 vs. 15.8 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 M4.

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 M4.

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 BMW M4 is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

The F-Type stops much shorter than the M4:

F-Type

M4

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

151 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

108 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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 M4; 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 M4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .4 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the M4.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the M4 Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 5 feet tighter than the M4’s (35 feet vs. 40 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the M4’s (37 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 300 pounds less than the BMW M4.

The F-Type SVR is 8.3 inches shorter than the M4, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the F-Type R Coupe is quieter than the M4 Coupe (47 vs. 48 dB).

Passenger Space

The F-Type Coupe has .8 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more front shoulder room than the M4 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The F-Type Coupe has a much larger trunk than the M4 Coupe (14.4 vs. 11 cubic feet).

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 M4 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 M4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the M4, 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 M4 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 M4 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 M4 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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