2020 Jaguar XF vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG A-Class

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Safety

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Both the XF and AMG A-Class have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XF 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 AMG 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 XF 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 AMG A-Class doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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

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

Both the XF and the AMG 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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

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

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

Engine

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The XF S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 78 more horsepower (380 vs. 302) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 295) than the AMG A-Class’ 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XF 25t AWD gets better fuel mileage than the AMG A 35 (23 city/33 hwy vs. 24 city/31 hwy).

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

The XF has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG A-Class (19.5 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 XF higher (7 out of 10) than the Mercedes AMG A-Class (5). This means the XF produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the AMG A-Class every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the AMG A-Class (245/45R18 vs. 235/40R18). The XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG A-Class (255/35R20 vs. 235/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF offers optional 20-inch wheels. The AMG A-Class’ largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The XF 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 AMG 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 AMG A-Class don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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The XF Sportbrake has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The AMG A-Class doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 9.1 inches longer than on the AMG A-Class (116.5 inches vs. 107.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XF is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the AMG A-Class.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the XF Sedan a Mid-size car, while the AMG A-Class is rated a Compact.

The XF Sedan has 1.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the AMG A-Class.

Cargo Capacity

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The XF Sedan has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the AMG A-Class (19.1 vs. 8.6 cubic feet).

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

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the XF (except Premium) 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 AMG 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 XF is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the AMG 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 XF to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The AMG A-Class doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XF S Sedan and manual rear side window sunshades are optional in the XF S to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The AMG A-Class doesn’t offer a rear or rear side window sunshades.

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

Model Availability

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The Jaguar XF comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Mercedes AMG A-Class isn’t available as a station wagon.

The XF is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The AMG A-Class doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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