2020 Mercedes GLC Coupe vs. 2020 Jaguar E-Pace

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Safety

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The GLC Coupe’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The E-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes GLC Coupe 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 E-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the GLC Coupe and the E-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

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 GLC Coupe’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the GLC Coupe’s reliability 24 points higher than the E-Pace.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the GLC Coupe third among compact premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The E-Pace isn’t in the top three in its category.

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.

Engine

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The GLC Coupe’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 more horsepower (255 vs. 246) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 269) than the E-Pace P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Mercedes GLC Coupe is faster than the E-Pace P250:

GLC Coupe

E-Pace

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.6 MPH

85.2 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

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The GLC Coupe’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the E-Pace are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the GLC Coupe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Pace (F:255/45R20 & R:285/40R20 vs. 245/45R21).

The GLC Coupe’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the E-Pace’s standard 60 series tires. The GLC Coupe’s optional 285/40R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series profile than the E-Pace’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the GLC Coupe has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the E-Pace.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the GLC Coupe can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The E-Pace doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The GLC Coupe has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The E-Pace’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The GLC Coupe’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 E-Pace doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the GLC Coupe’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the E-Pace (113.1 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

The GLC 300 Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the E-Pace SE (27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The GLC Coupe has .7 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom and 2.1 inches more rear legroom than the E-Pace.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the GLC Coupe’s rear seats recline. The E-Pace’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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Pressing a switch automatically lowers the GLC Coupe’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The E-Pace doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Servicing Ease

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

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 optional at extra cost in the E-Pace, the GLC Coupe offers an optional 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.

If the windows are left open on the GLC Coupe the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the E-Pace can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the GLC Coupe to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the E-Pace.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the GLC Coupe offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The E-Pace doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the GLC Coupe has standard extendable sun visors. The E-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Mercedes GLC offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The E-Pace doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The GLC Coupe has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The GLC Coupe’s optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting and stopping automatically, with the driver only responsible for switching from reverse to drive. The E-Pace’s automatic parking system requires operating the brakes and transmission to safely park.

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Motor Trend selected the GLC Coupe as their 2017 Sport Utility of the Year. The E-Pace has never been chosen.

The Mercedes GLC outsold the Jaguar E-Pace by over fourteen to one during the 2019 model year.

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