Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2015 Maserati GranTurismo Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2015 Maserati GranTurismo

Safety Comparison

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The F-Type offers optional Park Aid to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The F-Type also offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

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 GranTurismo Convertible 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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The F-Type has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F-Type and the GranTurismo Convertible 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’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the GranTurismo Convertible’s (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 3 times as many Jaguar dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the F-Type’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Type second among midsize premium sporty cars in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The GranTurismo Convertible isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The F-Type has more powerful engines than the GranTurismo Convertible:

Horsepower

Torque

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

GranTurismo Sport 4.7 DOHC V8

444 HP

376 lbs.-ft.

GranTurismo Sport/MC 4.7 DOHC V8

454 HP

384 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type RWD Auto with its standard engine gets better fuel mileage than the GranTurismo Convertible Sport Auto (20 city/28 hwy vs. 13 city/20 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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-Type S/R’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the GranTurismo Convertible:

F-Type S

F-Type R

F-Type S/R

GranTurismo

Front Rotors

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

13 inches

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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops shorter than the GranTurismo Convertible:

F-Type

GranTurismo

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

150 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the GranTurismo Convertible (275/40R19 vs. 245/35R20).

The F-Type’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the GranTurismo Convertible’s 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-Type offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The GranTurismo Convertible’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .2 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the GranTurismo Convertible.

The F-Type R Convertible handles at .96 G’s, while the GranTurismo Convertible pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 5.4 feet tighter than the GranTurismo Convertible’s (35 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The F-Type 4x4’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the GranTurismo Convertible’s (37.8 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 900 pounds less than the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible.

The F-Type is 1 foot, 6.2 inches shorter than the GranTurismo Convertible, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-Type Convertible has a larger trunk than the GranTurismo Convertible (7 vs. 6.1 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The F-Type Auto 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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory seat in the GranTurismo Convertible, the F-Type has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the F-Type is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The GranTurismo Convertible’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The F-Type’s standard steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The GranTurismo Convertible’s standard cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

Standard InControl Apps for the F-Type allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The GranTurismo Convertible doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The F-Type’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The GranTurismo Convertible’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Type third among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The GranTurismo Convertible isn’t in the top three.

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The GranTurismo Convertible has never been an “All Star.”

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