Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2017 Porsche 718 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2017 Porsche 718

Safety Comparison

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The 718 Cayman 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 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the F-Type and the 718 Cayman 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.

The Jaguar F-Type weighs 401 to 903 pounds more than the Porsche 718 Cayman. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts. Crosswinds also affect lighter cars more.

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 718 Cayman’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 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Porsche doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 718 Cayman.

Engine Comparison

The F-Type has more powerful engines than the 718 Cayman:

 

Horsepower

Torque

F-Type 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

F-Type S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

F-Type SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

300 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

718 Cayman S 2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

350 HP

309 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R is faster than the 718 Cayman S (automatics tested):

 

F-Type

Cayman

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

12 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F-Type R’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the 718 Cayman’s standard fuel tank (15.4 vs. 14.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F-Type’s standard fuel tank has 1.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the 718 Cayman’s optional fuel tank (18.5 vs. 16.9 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F-Type’s brake rotors are larger than those on the 718 Cayman:

 

F-Type

F-Type S

F-Type R

F-Type opt.

Cayman

Cayman opt.

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

13 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

11.8 inches

13.8 inches

The F-Type stops shorter than the 718 Cayman:

 

F-Type

Cayman

 

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

143 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the 718 Cayman (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. F:235/45R18 & R:265/45R18). The F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 718 Cayman (275/40R19 vs. 235/45R18).

The F-Type’s standard 275/40R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the 718 Cayman’s standard 45 series tires. The F-Type’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the 718 Cayman’s optional 35 series tires.

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 718 Cayman doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F-Type’s wheelbase is 5.8 inches longer than on the 718 Cayman (103.2 inches vs. 97.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 3 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the 718 Cayman.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the 718 Cayman’s (35 feet vs. 36 feet).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

With its convertible body style and remote trunk release lockout, the F-Type offers cargo security. The 718 Cayman’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The 718 Cayman 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 718 Cayman doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional in the 718 Cayman, 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.

On a hot day the F-Type’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the 718 Cayman can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

The F-Type’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The 718 Cayman’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F-Type detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The 718 Cayman doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Recommendations Comparison

The Jaguar F-Type outsold the Porsche Cayman by 17% during the 2016 model year.

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