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

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2016 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2015 Mercedes SL-Class

Safety Comparison

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

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 SL-Class doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Type and the SL-Class 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, available blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The SL-Class’ 4-year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

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

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Mercedes doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the SL-Class.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are better in initial quality than Mercedes vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mercedes is ranked 14th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8 is faster than the Mercedes SL-Class (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.6 sec


Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

3.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.9 sec

4.2 sec

4.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

11.8 sec

11.8 sec

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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



70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

154 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

109 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the SL-Class (275/40R19 vs. 255/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The SL-Class’ largest wheels are only 19-inches in the front and 20-inches in the rear.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The SL-Class doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Type’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the SL-Class (103.2 inches vs. 101.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the SL-Class.

The F-Type R Convertible handles at .98 G’s, while the SL550 pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-Type R Convertible executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the SL550 (24 seconds @ .83 average G’s vs. 25.7 seconds @ .78 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.2 feet tighter than the SL550’s (35 feet vs. 36.2 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Mercedes SL-Class.

The F-Type is 5.6 inches shorter than the SL-Class, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Type has .1 inches more front legroom and 1 inch more front shoulder room than the SL-Class.

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 SL-Class doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 SL-Class doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the F-Type owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-Type will cost $2585 less than the SL-Class over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jaguar F-Type will be $14682 to $106011 less than for the Mercedes SL-Class.

Recommendations Comparison

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

The Jaguar F-Type outsold the Mercedes SL-Class by 130 units during the 2015 model year.

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