Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 BMW M4 VS 2016 Jaguar F-Type Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 BMW M4

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2016 Jaguar F-Type

Safety Comparison

The M4 offers optional City Collision Mitigation, 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.

The M4’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The F-Type doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The M4 offers an optional Side and Top View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The F-Type only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the M4 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, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front parking sensors and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

The M4’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the F-Type’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 2 times as many BMW dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the M4’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The M4’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 85 more horsepower (425 vs. 340) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 332) than the F-Type’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The M4’s 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (425 vs. 380) and 67 lbs.-ft. more torque (406 vs. 339) than the F-Type S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

In a Motor Trend race course test, the BMW M4 Coupe was clocked 2.32 seconds faster than the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé (99.69 sec. vs. 102.01 sec.).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The M4 stops shorter than the F-Type:

M4

F-Type

80 to 0 MPH

193 feet

196 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

98 feet

106 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the M4 has larger front tires than the F-Type (F:255/40R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18).

The M4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Type’s standard 45 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The M4 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.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M4’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the F-Type (110.7 inches vs. 103.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the BMW M4 amounts to more than styling. The M4 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .34 Cd. That is lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the M4 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the M4 get better fuel mileage.

The M4’s 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.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the M4 Coupe is quieter than the F-Type R Coupé AWD (68 vs. 72 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The M4 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the F-Type can only carry 2.

The M4 Coupe has 2.8 inches more front headroom and 1.2 inches more front shoulder room than the F-Type Coupé.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The M4 Convertible has a larger trunk with its top down than the F-Type Convertible (7.8 vs. 7 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the M4 easier. The M4’s trunk lift-over height is 26.2 inches, while the F-Type’s liftover is 33.3 inches.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the M4’s trunk can be opened 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

The M4 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The F-Type doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the front windows are left down on the M4 the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. 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 M4 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.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the M4 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.

The M4’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.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the M4 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The F-Type doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

The M4 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.

The M4’s optional Parking Assistant 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The M4 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the M4 will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the F-Type.

M4

F-Type

Five Year

41% to 51%

26% to 29%

Three Year

58%

39% to 44%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the BMW M4 will be $8251 to $29346 less than for the Jaguar F-Type.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its November 2014 issue and they ranked the BMW M4 Coupe four places higher than the Jaguar F-Type R Coupé.

The 4 Series was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2014. The F-Type has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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