2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Ford Mustang

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The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Mustang doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The F-Type has standard Parking Aid to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Mustang doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the F-Type and the Mustang have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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 Mustang’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

The F-Type’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mustang’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Mustang.

Reliability

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

Engine

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The F-Type has more powerful engines than the Mustang:

Horsepower

Torque

F-Type P380 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder

310 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder

330 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Mustang GT 5.0 DOHC V8

460 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Mustang BULLITT 5.0 DOHC V8

480 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the F-Type R is faster than the Mustang GT (automatics tested):

F-Type

Mustang

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.5 sec

12.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122.7 MPH

114.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the Mustang Fastback:

MPG

F-Type

RWD

Auto

P300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

AWD

Auto

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

R 5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/24 hwy

Mustang Fastback

RWD

Manual

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/31 hwy

Performance 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/24 hwy

BULLIT 5.0 DOHC V8

14 city/23 hwy

Auto

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/32 hwy

Performance 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

16 city/25 hwy

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

MPG

F-Type

RWD

Auto

P300 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

AWD

Auto

P380 3.0 supercharged V6

18 city/26 hwy

R 5.0 supercharged V8

16 city/24 hwy

Mustang Convertible

RWD

Manual

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

Performance 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/27 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

14 city/21 hwy

Auto

2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

Performance 2.3 turbo 4-cyl.

20 city/28 hwy

5.0 DOHC V8

15 city/24 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Mustang doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type 2.0-liter’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang EcoBoost’s standard fuel tank (16.6 vs. 15.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mustang GT’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16 gallons).

Transmission and Drivetrain

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The Jaguar F-Type comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Mustang.

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 Ford Mustang is not available with all wheel drive.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the F-Type’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mustang:

F-Type

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R

F-Type opt.

Mustang

Mustang GT

Mustang V8 PP

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

12.6 inches

13.9 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

12.6 inches

13 inches

13 inches

The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Mustang doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the Mustang:

F-Type

Mustang

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

165 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

111 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the Mustang (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. 235/55R17).

The F-Type’s standard 245/45R18 front and 275/40R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mustang’s standard 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Mustang.

Suspension and Handling

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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 Mustang doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the Mustang GT Premium Fastback pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-Type R Convertible handles at .98 G’s, while the Mustang GT Premium Convertible pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-Type Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Mustang EcoBoost Premium Fastback (24 seconds @ .87 average G’s vs. 25.1 seconds @ .75 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Mustang’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.5 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Mustang GT Fastback Performance Pack 2’s (37 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis

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The F-Type is 1 foot shorter than the Mustang, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe is quieter than the Mustang GT Fastback (85 vs. 88 dB).

Cargo Capacity

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The F-Type Coupe has a larger trunk than the Mustang Fastback (14.4 vs. 13.5 cubic feet).

With its convertible body style and remote trunk release lockout, the F-Type offers cargo security. The Mustang’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Servicing Ease

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The F-Type uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Mustang uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors optional at extra cost in the Mustang Premium/BULLITT, 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 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. An easy entry system costs extra on the Mustang, and is not available on all models.

The F-Type’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Mustang 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.

The F-Type has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Mustang doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The F-Type’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Mustang’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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

The F-Type’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Mustang Premium.

When the F-Type is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Mustang’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The F-Type’s standard rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Mustang has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The F-Type’s optional Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Mustang doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The Mustang has never been an “All Star.”

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