2020 Jaguar XE vs. 2020 Mercedes A-Class

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Safety

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Both the XE and A-Class have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XE has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The A-Class’ child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XE has a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The A-Class doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the XE’s standard All Surface Progress Control allows you to creep down safely. The A-Class doesn’t offer All Surface Progress Control.

To help make backing safer, the XE’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 A-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the XE and the A-Class have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear 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 all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The XE comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The A-Class’ 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The XE’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the A-Class’ (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE 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 A-Class.

Reliability

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The battery on the XE is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XE’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The A-Class’ battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 59 more horsepower (247 vs. 188) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (269 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 108 more horsepower (296 vs. 188) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 221) than the A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the XE 25t is faster than the Mercedes A-Class:

XE

A-Class

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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Regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A-Class doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XE has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the A-Class (16.6 vs. 13.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar XE higher (7 out of 10) than the Mercedes A-Class (5). This means the XE produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the A-Class every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar XE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A-Class.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XE’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A-Class:

XE

XE R-Dynamic

A-Class

Front Rotors

12.8 inches

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

11.6 inches

The XE R-Dynamic’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the A-Class are solid, not vented.

The XE stops shorter than the A-Class:

XE

A-Class

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XE has larger standard tires than the A-Class (225/45R18 vs. 205/55R17). The XE R-Dynamic S’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A-Class (F:235/35R20 & R:265/30R20 vs. 225/40R19).

The XE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A-Class’ standard 55 series tires. The XE R-Dynamic S’ optional 235/35R20 front and 265/30R20 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the A-Class’ optional 40 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the A-Class. The XE R-Dynamic S’ optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the A-Class.

The XE has a standard 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 A-Class; 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. Some tire options on the A-Class don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XE’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the A-Class (111.6 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XE is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A-Class.

Passenger Space

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The XE has 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the A-Class.

Cargo Capacity

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The XE has a much larger trunk than the A-Class (14.5 vs. 8.6 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE offers cargo security. The A-Class’ non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the XE offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button or just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The A-Class doesn’t offer a power trunk, so its trunk has to be closed manually.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the XE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the A-Class. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XE to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The A-Class doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the XE’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the A-Class’ headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XE offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The A-Class doesn’t offer headlight washers.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XE to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A-Class doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Both the XE and the A-Class offer optional heated front seats. The XE also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the A-Class.

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