Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2015 Chevrolet Corvette

Safety Comparison

The F-Type’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Corvette doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 Corvette doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Type and the Corvette have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The F-Type comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Corvette’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The F-Type’s 6 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Corvette runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the F-Type have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Corvette.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Type second among midsize premium sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Corvette isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the Corvette Auto with its standard engine (20 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/29 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 Corvette doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

F-Type

F-Type S

F-Type V-8

F-Type opt.

Corvette

Corvette Z51

Corvette Z06

Front Rotors

13.9 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

12.6 inches

13.6 inches

15.5 inches

The F-Type stops shorter than the Corvette:

F-Type

Corvette

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Corvette’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 Corvette, 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.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the F-Type uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Corvette, which uses transverse leafs springs. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

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 track on the Corvette.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Corvette’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F-Type V-8 S Convertible is quieter than the Corvette Stingray Convertible:

F-Type

Corvette

At idle

47 dB

55 dB

Full-Throttle

86 dB

90 dB

70 MPH Cruising

73 dB

73 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the F-Type easier. The F-Type’s trunk lift-over height is 33.3 inches, while the Corvette’s liftover is 41.2 inches.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Corvette.

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 Corvette’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 Corvette doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F-Type detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Corvette doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the F-Type offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Corvette doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The F-Type’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corvette’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Corvette doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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