Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class VS 2017 Jaguar XE Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Mercedes Benz C-Class

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2017 Jaguar XE

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision. The Jaguar XE doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The C-Class Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XE doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes C-Class Sedan are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XE doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the C-Class Sedan and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 2 times as many Mercedes dealers as there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the C-Class Sedan’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The C300 Sedan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 1 more horsepower (241 vs. 240) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 251) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The C450 AMG’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 22 more horsepower (362 vs. 340) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (384 vs. 332) than the XE 35t’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The C-Class Sedan has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the XE Diesel’s standard fuel tank (17.4 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the C-Class Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XE:

C-Class Sedan

C450 AMG



Front Rotors

13 inches

14.2 inches

12.4 inches

13.8 inches

The C-Class Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the XE are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the C-Class Sedan can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The XE doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The C-Class Sedan has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The XE doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better maneuverability, the C-Class Sedan’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the XE’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The C-Class Sedan is 6.1 inches narrower than the XE, making the C-Class Sedan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

The front grille of the C-Class Sedan uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XE doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the C-Class Sedan’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XE doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the XE Premium/Prestige/R-Sport, the C-Class Sedan offers an optional 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.

Recommendations Comparison

The Mercedes C-Class Sedan won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The C-Class Sedan was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2015. The XE has never been an “All Star.”

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