2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Mercedes 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 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 SLC doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Type and the 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 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 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 SLC.

Engine

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The F-Type P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 55 more horsepower (296 vs. 241) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the SLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The F-Type P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 139 more horsepower (380 vs. 241) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (339 vs. 273) than the SLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 334 more horsepower (575 vs. 241) and 243 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 273) than the SLC’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

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 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 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 SLC 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 SLC:

F-Type

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R

F-Type opt.

SLC

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

12.7 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

11.8 inches

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

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 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 SLC (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:225/45R17 & R:245/40R17). The F-Type R’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the SLC (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:225/45R17 & R:245/40R17).

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 SLC’s optional 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the SLC 300. The F-Type’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the SLC.

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 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 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 1.8 inches wider in the front and 3.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the SLC.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the SLC’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 SLC.

Cargo Capacity

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The F-Type Convertible has a larger trunk than the 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 SLC has never been an “All Star.”

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

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