Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2017 BMW M4 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2017 BMW M4

Safety Comparison

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The M4 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 M4 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Type and the M4 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, 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 M4’s 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than BMW pays for maintenance for the M4 (5/60,000 vs. 3/36,000).

Engine Comparison

The F-Type has more powerful engines than the M4:

 

Horsepower

Torque

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

F-Type SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

M4 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

425 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

M4 Competition Package 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

444 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

M4 GTS 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

493 HP

443 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jaguar F-Type is faster than the M4 (automatics tested):

 

F-Type R

F-Type SVR

M4

M4 GTS

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

3.3 sec

4 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

11.8 sec

11.5 sec

12.2 sec

12.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122.3 MPH

113 MPH

117.8 MPH

118.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type RWD Auto gets better fuel mileage than the M4 Auto (20 city/28 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy). The F-Type S RWD Auto gets better fuel mileage than the M4 Auto (19 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

The F-Type’s standard fuel tank has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the M4 (18.5 vs. 15.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-Type stops much shorter than the M4:

 

F-Type

M4

 

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

151 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

108 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 M4 (275/40R19 vs. 265/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The M4’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 M4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .1 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the M4.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the M4 Coupe pulls only .98 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 5 feet tighter than the M4’s (35 feet vs. 40 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The F-Type is 8.5 inches shorter than the M4, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the F-Type R Coupe is quieter than the M4 Coupe (47 vs. 48 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Type Coupe has .8 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more front shoulder room than the M4 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The M4 doesn’t offer a power trunk.

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 M4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the M4, the F-Type offers an optional 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.

The F-Type’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The M4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 $3310 less than the M4 over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its November 2016 issue and they ranked the Jaguar F-Type SVR Coupe two places higher than the BMW M4 GTS.

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