2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class VS 2018 Jaguar XE

There’s a class of large luxury sedans that caters to the demands of a loyal fan base and the 2019 models of both Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar deliver. We’re honing our razor sharp focus on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2018 Jaguar XE, to task ourselves with the impossible chore of picking a winner between the two. Sure it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it and we’re up for the challenge. Enjoy this comparison of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs 2018 Jaguar XE. We’ll get started by approaching the performance of the Mercedes-Benz and the Jaguar side-by-side.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2018 Jaguar XE: Performance

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a lineup of powerful engines. New for the 2019 C 300 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged, 255-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The base engine displays ample power, whether taking off quickly from a stop or cruising at high speeds. The C-Class comes standard with rear-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional. The C-Class prioritizes a comfortable and plush ride quality over athletic handling, though handling is still respectable.

The 2018 Jaguar XE’s handling is on point and favors athleticism, though it’s still composed for comfortable daily driving. The standard engine in a 2018 XE is a turbocharged four-cylinder with a 247-horsepower rating. Its snappy acceleration and refined eight-speed automatic transmission (the sole gearbox for the XE) make this sports sedan enjoyable to drive. The XE comes standard with rear-wheel drive and includes a torque vectoring system that enhances stability when cornering.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2018 Jaguar XE: Feature Comparison

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has an upscale and elegant interior that’s rife with premium materials. It offers plush power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery that come standard, while providing all-day comfort and plenty of support for long drives or spirited back-road adventures. There is sufficient room for passengers in the sedan’s second row. Standard features in the 2019 C-Class include dual-zone automatic climate control, *Bluetooth®, two USB ports, proximity key entry, push-button start, HD Radio, a 7-inch infotainment display screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a sunroof, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and attention assist driver drowsiness monitoring. The C-Class’ upgraded tech features give the car a modern look and feel.

The 2018 Jaguar XE has accommodating front seats and a quiet cabin. However, a number of drawbacks – including limited back-seat legroom, lackluster materials and build quality, a narrow trunk, and tech that some find awkward to use. The XE’s base infotainment system is composed of the InControl Touch interface, an 8-inch touch-screen display, HD Radio, a USB port, *Bluetooth®, and a six-speaker audio system. Other standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, push-button start, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Jaguar’s infotainment interface gets inconsistent feedback from critics. Some like the large, sleek display screen and say the system is responsive, while others wish for more redundant buttons and report that the interface is slow, especially with regard to the available navigation system.

*Bluetooth® is a registered mark Bluetooth® SIG, Inc.

2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class vs. 2018 Jaguar XE: Overall Comparison

The heavily refreshed 2019 C-Class is a good car. This Mercedes-Benz has several engine options, and all deliver satisfying power. The C 300 has ample power for daily driving, whether you’re taking off quickly from a stop or cruising and passing at highway speeds. The transmission delivers quick and smooth shifts. Plus, if you’re looking for a luxurious ride and cabin, the C-Class nails it. Elegant materials are everywhere you look (and touch), and the list of standard and optional features is extensive. All in all, the C-Class’ sleek, modern, and luxurious cabin is one of the nicest in the class.

The 2018 Jaguar XE has great overall performance. However, with a below-average predicted reliability rating and mixed reviews for its back seat, trunk, and infotainment technology, it sits near the bottom of the luxury small car rankings. As a relatively new addition to the class, the XE is a good option for those who want something a little less commonplace parked in their driveway. However, if you want to stand out with sharp exterior styling or an overly posh interior, you’re out of luck; the XE doesn’t quite hang with some of its German counterparts.

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