2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG C-Class Cabriolet

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Safety

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Both the F-Type and the AMG C-Class Cabriolet have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front 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 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 AMG C-Class Cabriolet’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The F-Type’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the AMG C-Class Cabriolet’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. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the AMG C-Class Cabriolet.

Engine

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The F-Type R’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 72 more horsepower (575 vs. 503) than the AMG C 63 S Cabriolet’s optional 4.0 turbo V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the M4 Coupe:

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

M4 Coupe

RWD

Manual

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

18 city/25 hwy

Auto

3.0 turbo 6-cyl.

17 city/23 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type P380 gets better fuel mileage than the AMG C 43 Cabriolet (18 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG C-Class Cabriolet (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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The F-Type stops much shorter than the AMG C-Class Cabriolet:

F-Type

AMG C-Class

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the AMG C-Class Cabriolet (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/40R18). The F-Type R’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG C-Class Cabriolet (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:255/40R18 & R:285/35R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The AMG C-Class Cabriolet’s largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

The F-Type offers an optional 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 C-Class Cabriolet; 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 C-Class Cabriolet don’t have a run-flat feature, either.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 2.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the AMG C-Class Cabriolet.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 3.5 feet tighter than the AMG C 43 Cabriolet’s (34.9 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the AMG C-Class Cabriolet’s (37 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 900 pounds less than the Mercedes AMG C-Class Cabriolet.

The F-Type is 8.8 inches shorter than the AMG C 43 Cabriolet, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The F-Type has 1 inch more front legroom and 1.7 inches more front shoulder room than the AMG C-Class Cabriolet.

Cargo Capacity

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The F-Type Convertible has a larger trunk than the AMG C-Class Cabriolet with its top down (7.3 vs. 7 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The AMG C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

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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 AMG C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer headlight washers.

On extremely cold winter days, the F-Type’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The AMG C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the F-Type owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-Type will cost $4315 less than the AMG C-Class Cabriolet over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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

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