Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2017 Mercedes AMG Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2017 Mercedes AMG

Safety Comparison

Both the F-Type and the AMG C43 Coupe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

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 AMG C43 Coupe’s 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 AMG C43 Coupe’s (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 AMG C43 Coupe.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Type third among midsize premium sporty cars in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The AMG C43 Coupe isn’t in the top three in its category.

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

The F-Type S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 18 more horsepower (380 vs. 362) than the AMG C43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6. The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 188 more horsepower (550 vs. 362) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 384) than the AMG C43 Coupe’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F-Type Base/S’ standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the AMG C43 Coupe (18.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-Type S/R’s brake rotors are larger than those on the AMG C43 Coupe:

F-Type S/R

AMG C43 Coupe

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

12.6 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 AMG C43 Coupe doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the AMG C43 Coupe (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:225/45R18 & R:245/40R18). The F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the AMG C43 Coupe (275/40R19 vs. 225/45R18).

The F-Type’s optional 255/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the AMG C43 Coupe’s 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The AMG C43 Coupe’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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 AMG C43 Coupe doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .5 inches wider in the front and 3.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the AMG C43 Coupe.

Chassis Comparison

The F-Type is 8.9 inches shorter than the AMG C43 Coupe, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Type has 1.3 inches more front legroom and 2.5 inches more front shoulder room than the AMG C43 Coupe.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 AMG C43 Coupe doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The AMG C43 Coupe has never been an “All Star.”

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