Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Mercedes Benz SL-Class VS 2016 Jaguar F-Type Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Mercedes Benz SL-Class

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2016 Jaguar F-Type

Safety Comparison

The SL-Class’ pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The F-Type doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The SL-Class has standard NECK-PRO Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the NECK-PRO Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The F-Type doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The SL-Class offers an optional PRE-SAFE Brake, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The F-Type doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the SL-Class helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The F-Type doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The SL-Class’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The F-Type doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The SL-Class’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The F-Type doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the SL-Class and the F-Type 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

There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the SL-Class’ warranty.

Engine Comparison

The SL-Class has more powerful engines than the F-Type:

Horsepower

Torque

SL400 3.0 turbo V6

329 HP

354 lbs.-ft.

SL550 4.7 turbo V8

429 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

SL63 AMG 5.5 turbo V8

577 HP

664 lbs.-ft.

SL65 AMG 6.0 turbo V12

621 HP

738 lbs.-ft.

F-Type 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

F-Type S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the SL63 AMG is faster than the F-Type R:

SL-Class

F-Type

Zero to 60 MPH

3.5 sec

3.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

123 MPH

122.3 MPH

In a Car and Driver race course test, the Mercedes SL63 AMG was clocked 1.9 seconds faster than the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé (179.1 sec. vs. 181 sec.) at an average lap speed .9 MPH faster (82.4 MPH vs. 81.5 MPH).

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The SL-Class has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Type R’s standard fuel tank (19.8 vs. 15.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The SL-Class has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Type’s standard fuel tank (19.8 vs. 18.5 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

SL550

SL63/SL65

F-Type

F-Type S/R

Front Rotors

14.2 inches

15.8 inches

14 inches

15.7 inches

The SL-Class stops shorter than the F-Type:

SL-Class

F-Type

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

106 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the SL-Class has larger tires than the F-Type (F:255/40R18 & R:285/35R18 vs. F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18).

The SL-Class’ standard 255/40R18 front and 285/35R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Type’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the SL-Class can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The F-Type doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The SL-Class offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Jaguar doesn’t offer an active suspension on the F-Type.

The SL-Class offers an optional automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The F-Type doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The SL65 AMG handles at .96 G’s, while the F-Type R Convertible pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Mercedes SL-Class amounts to more than styling. The SL-Class offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .29 to .31 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the SL-Class get better fuel mileage.

The SL-Class’ standard power retractable hardtop allows a seamless transition from an open car, to a completely sealed coupe. The F-Type doesn’t offer a retractable hardtop.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The SL-Class has a much larger trunk with its top down than the F-Type Convertible (8.5 vs. 7 cubic feet). The SL-Class has a much larger trunk with its top up than the F-Type Convertible (13.5 vs. 7 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the SL-Class’ available trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The F-Type doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the SL-Class the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote (remote must be aimed at door sensor); on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the F-Type can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case of a sudden change of weather, the SL-Class has a standard remote convertible top which can be raised from a distance to protect the interior of the vehicle from damage. The F-Type doesn’t offer a remote top, so the driver will have to run to the car, get in, turn the ignition on and raise the top to prevent the interior from being damaged.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the SL-Class has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Type doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The SL-Class’ sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The F-Type’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The SL-Class’ standard air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The F-Type doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

The SL-Class has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the F-Type.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the SL-Class offers an optional Distronic Plus, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The F-Type doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The SL-Class’ optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The F-Type doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Mercedes SL-Class outsold the Jaguar F-Type by 22% during 2014.

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