Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Porsche Cayman VS 2015 Jaguar F-Type Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Porsche Cayman

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2015 Jaguar F-Type

Safety Comparison

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The Cayman Auto offers optional Porsche Active Safety, which use 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.

Both the Cayman 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

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The Cayman’s corrosion warranty is 4 years longer than the F-Type’s (10 vs. 6 years).

There are over 33 percent more Porsche dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Cayman’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked second.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

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The flat cylinder configuration of the boxer engine in the Cayman lowers its center of gravity, enhancing handling stability. The F-Type doesn’t offer a boxer engine configuration.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Cayman gets better fuel mileage than the F-Type:

Cayman

F-Type

Base/Manual

20 city/30 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

GTS/Manual

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

22 city/32 hwy

20 city/28 hwy

S/Auto

21 city/30 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

S

GTS/Auto

22 city/31 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

V-8 S/R

Regenerative brakes improve the Cayman’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The F-Type doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Cayman stops shorter than the F-Type:

Cayman

F-Type

80 to 0 MPH

187 feet

196 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

146 feet

151 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

106 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Cayman has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The F-Type’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Cayman offers optional vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The F-Type doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Cayman handles at 1.03 G’s, while the F-Type R Coupé pulls only 1.00 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The Porsche Cayman may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 650 pounds less than the Jaguar F-Type.

The Cayman is 3.6 inches shorter than the F-Type, making the Cayman easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the Porsche Cayman amounts to more than styling. The Cayman offers aerodynamic coefficients of drag from .3 to .31 Cd (depending on bodystyle and options). That is significantly lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the Cayman go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the Cayman get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Cayman has a much larger trunk than the F-Type Coupé (15 vs. 11 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Cayman’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The F-Type does not have an oil pressure gauge.

If the windows are left down on the Cayman the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder; 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Cayman to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The F-Type doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Cayman offers an optional rear wiper. The F-Type doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Cayman’s 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 Cayman’s optional 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 front seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Cayman Auto offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, 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.

Optional Online Services for the Cayman allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The F-Type doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Cayman second among compact premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The F-Type was rated third in its category.

The Cayman was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” for 8 of the last 9 years. The F-Type has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The Porsche Cayman outsold the Jaguar F-Type by 50% during 2013.

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