Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jaguar XF VS 2016 Mercedes C63 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Jaguar XF

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2016 Mercedes C63

Safety Comparison

Both the XF and C63 Sedan have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XF has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The C63 Sedan’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XF offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C63 Sedan doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The XF offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The C63 Sedan 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.

To help make backing safer, the XF’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 C63 Sedan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the XF and the C63 Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and driver alert monitors.

Warranty Comparison

The XF comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The C63 Sedan’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

The XF’s corrosion warranty is 2 years and unlimited miles longer than the C63 Sedan’s (6/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XF 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 C63 Sedan.

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.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the XF gets better fuel mileage than the C63 Sedan:

XF

C63 Sedan

RWD

Base/Auto

20 city/30 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

Base/Auto

S/Auto

20 city/30 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

S/Auto

AWD

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

The XF has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the C63 Sedan (19.5 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the C63 Sedan (255/35R20 vs. 245/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF offers optional 20-inch wheels. The C63 Sedan’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 4.7 inches longer than on the C63 Sedan (116.5 inches vs. 111.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XF is 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the C63 Sedan.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Jaguar XF amounts to more than styling. The XF has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is significantly lower than the C63 Sedan (.32) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XF get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The XF has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more rear headroom and 2 inches more rear legroom than the C63 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The XF has a much larger trunk than the C63 Sedan (19.1 vs. 12.6 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The XF 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 C63 Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the XF to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The C63 Sedan doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Both the XF and the C63 Sedan offer available heated front seats. The XF also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the C63 Sedan.

Optional air conditioned seats in the XF Prestige/R-Sport/S keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The C63 Sedan doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the XF’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The C63 Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

The XF was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2009. The C63 Sedan has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The XF was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 8 years. The C63 hasn’t been picked since 2009.

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