Son's Automotive Group Compares 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2016 Aston Martin Martin Near Braselton, GA

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2016 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2016 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2016 Aston Martin Martin

Safety Comparison

The F-Type offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Vantage doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The F-Type’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Vantage doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 Vantage doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The F-Type has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Vantage doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F-Type and the Vantage 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 and available 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 Vantage’s 3 year basic warranty expires 2 years 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. Aston Martin doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Vantage.

There are almost 13 times as many Jaguar dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the F-Type’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Type third among midsize premium sporty cars in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Vantage isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the F-Type R is faster than the V12 Vantage S (automatics tested):

F-Type

Vantage

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

11.8 sec

12.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122.3 MPH

121.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the Vantage:

F-Type

Vantage

RWD

Base/Manual

16 city/24 hwy

13 city/19 hwy

V8/Manual

S/Manual

15 city/24 hwy

13 city/19 hwy

S-GT/Manual

Base/Auto

19 city/28 hwy

14 city/21 hwy

V8/Auto

S/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

14 city/21 hwy

S-GT/Auto

n/a

12 city/18 hwy

V12 S/Auto

AWD

S/Auto

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

R/Auto

15 city/23 hwy

n/a

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Vantage doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The F-Type stops much shorter than the Vantage:

F-Type

Vantage

80 to 0 MPH

193 feet

205 feet

Road & Track

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

123 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Vantage (275/40R19 vs. 255/35R19).

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

The F-Type offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Vantage, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 Vantage doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .8 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Vantage.

The F-Type R Coupé handles at 1.00 G’s, while the Vantage Coupe pulls only .91 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-Type R Convertible handles at .96 G’s, while the Vantage Roadster pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Vantage’s (35 feet vs. 37.3 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Vantage V-12 S’ (37.8 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-Type has .3 inches more front headroom and .2 inches more front legroom than the Vantage.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The F-Type Coupé has a much larger trunk than the Vantage Coupe (11.7 vs. 10.6 cubic feet).

The F-Type Convertible has a much larger trunk than the Vantage Roadster (7 vs. 5 cubic feet).

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

The F-Type’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Vantage doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Smart Key System standard on the F-Type allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Aston Martin Vantage doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Vantage doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the F-Type offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Vantage doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the F-Type is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Vantage’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The F-Type offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Vantage offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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

The F-Type’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Vantage doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Standard InControl Apps for the F-Type allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Vantage doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the F-Type, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Vantage.

Recommendations Comparison

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The Vantage hasn’t been picked since 2007.

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