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

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Safety

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Both the F-Type and the 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 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 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 C-Class Cabriolet.

Engine

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The F-Type P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 41 more horsepower (296 vs. 255) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the C-Class Cabriolet’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The F-Type P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 125 more horsepower (380 vs. 255) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (339 vs. 273) than the C-Class Cabriolet’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 320 more horsepower (575 vs. 255) and 243 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 273) than the C-Class Cabriolet’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type P300 RWD gets better fuel mileage than the C 300 Cabriolet RWD (23 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/29 hwy).

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

Transmission

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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 C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

F-Type

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R

F-Type opt.

C-Class

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

11.8 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 C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

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

F-Type

C-Class

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

158 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the 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 C-Class Cabriolet (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/40R18).

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 C 43 Cabriolet’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The F-Type offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The C-Class Cabriolet’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 3.8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the C-Class Cabriolet.

The F-Type R Convertible handles at .96 G’s, while the C 300 Cabriolet pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the C 300 Cabriolet’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.8 feet).

Chassis

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 500 pounds less than the Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet.

The F-Type is 8.5 inches shorter than the C-Class 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 C-Class Cabriolet.

Cargo Capacity

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The F-Type Convertible has a larger trunk than the 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 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 C-Class Cabriolet doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Economic Advantages

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The F-Type will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the F-Type will retain 40.76% to 43.42% of its original price after five years, while the C-Class Cabriolet only retains 34.77%.

Recommendations

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

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