2020 Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan vs. 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

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2020 Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan

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Safety

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The AMG C-Class Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The AMG C-Class Sedan has standard Active Brake Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The XE SV Project 8 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The AMG C-Class Sedan’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The AMG C-Class Sedan’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 XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The AMG C-Class Sedan has standard Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the AMG C-Class Sedan and the XE SV Project 8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

Warranty

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There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the AMG C-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 12th in initial quality. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic (SMG) is standard on the Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the XE SV Project 8.

The AMG C-Class Sedan offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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The AMG C-Class Sedan stops shorter than the XE SV Project 8:

AMG C-Class Sedan

XE SV Project 8

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

148 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

105 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the AMG C-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The AMG C-Class Sedan’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 XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

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The AMG C-Class Sedan is 5.1 inches narrower on average than the XE SV Project 8, making the AMG C-Class Sedan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Passenger Space

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The AMG C-Class Sedan has .2 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear legroom and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XE SV Project 8.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Mercedes service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in service department satisfaction. With a 45% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the XE SV Project 8 Premium/Prestige/Portfolio/R-Sport/S, the AMG C-Class Sedan has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the AMG C-Class Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the AMG C-Class Sedan offers an optional Active Distance Assist Distronic, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes AMG C-Class offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Mercedes AMG C-Class comes in coupe, convertible and sedan bodystyles; the Jaguar XE SV Project 8 isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

The AMG C-Class Sedan is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the AMG C-Class Sedan owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the AMG C-Class Sedan will cost $9185 to $9655 less than the XE SV Project 8 over a five-year period.

The AMG C-Class Sedan will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the AMG C-Class Sedan will retain 44.57% to 44.61% of its original price after five years, while the XE SV Project 8 only retains 26.92%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mercedes AMG C-Class Sedan will be $120700 to $126036 less than for the Jaguar XE SV Project 8.

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