2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Mercedes AMG SLC

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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

To help make backing safer, the F-Type’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 SLC doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Type and the AMG SLC 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 and available blind spot warning systems.

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 SLC’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 SLC’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 SLC.

Engine

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The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 190 more horsepower (575 vs. 385) and 132 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 384) than the AMG SLC’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG SLC (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons).

Transmission and Drivetrain

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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 Mercedes AMG SLC is not available with all wheel drive.

The F-Type’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The AMG SLC doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R

F-Type opt.

AMG SLC

Front Rotors

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 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 AMG SLC doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the AMG SLC (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:235/40R18 & R:255/35R18). The F-Type R’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG SLC (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:235/40R18 & R:255/35R18).

The F-Type’s optional 255/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG SLC’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The AMG SLC’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

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 AMG SLC doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Type’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the AMG SLC (103.2 inches vs. 95.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the AMG SLC.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the AMG SLC 43’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.8 feet).

Passenger Space

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The F-Type has .5 inches more front legroom and 4.3 inches more front shoulder room than the AMG SLC.

Cargo Capacity

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The F-Type Convertible has a larger trunk than the AMG SLC with its top down (7.3 vs. 6.5 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 SLC doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

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The F-Type has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The AMG SLC doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the F-Type R keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The AMG SLC doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 SLC doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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

Model Availability

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The Jaguar F-Type comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Mercedes AMG SLC isn’t available as a coupe.

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

The Jaguar F-Type outsold the Mercedes SLC by 24% during 2019.

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