It was Steve Sutcliffe at Autocar who got the tough job of comparing the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to the limited edition Jaguar XFR-S on the track and sheep-strewn British B-roads. In UK spec both Mephistophelean sedans wrangle the same 542 horsepower, but step out of the corral and things look to weigh heavily in the Mercedes' favor: it has more torque, it's lighter, it's quicker from 0-to-60 and it's less expensive.

But that's on paper. Sutcliffe was given the job to see what effect all those letters and numbers had on the real-world driving experience. One of them is "an absolute hoot at the track" with great steering and weight management, one is "magnificent." To find out which is which, watch the video below.



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      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every time I see that blue Jag, for an instant I think it's a Ford Falcon. That Jag catches my eye. They've done a GREAT job designing there cars lately IMO.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't see why someone would go for the Jaguar unless they wanted a very limited/collector's edition sports sedan.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even the added AMG bits can't make the front-end of the new E class look good.
      Dfelix70
      • 1 Year Ago
      After seeing Dick Van Dyke's Jaguar XJ up in flames, then the charred remains, I would not step foot near a Jaguar anytime soon. And that's not even taking into consideration its performance shortcomings to the E63
        Car Guy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dfelix70
        Ummmm, there isn't a car company out there that has not had a fire. I can guarantee whatever heap you drive has had one.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Merc is looking better and better with age. Can't say the same about the Jag.
      Judah Richardson
      • 1 Year Ago
      The M5's absence from the comparo is hilarious.
        Mondrell
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Judah Richardson
        Not really. The F10 is the weakest M5 to date in terms of impact: its power is a personal best rather than segment-defining, it got fatter and more remote, and it has repeatedly lost comparisons against cars that were substantially inferior not long ago in other publications. Autocar is one of several publications that does not consider it the segment standard this time around, which is arguably why it wasn't invited. That said, I'd love to see the E63 do battle with the M5 Competition package.
          Jonathan Wayne
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mondrell
          They can't sell them for crap. The dealership by me has two 2013s that have been there forever. I went to look at buying one and they had some new younger salesman that tried to play the whole arrogant role garbage, even claimed one was being traded out. Needless to say they are both still there and now the 2014s are hitting the lots. I have taken multiple road trips this year from Michigan, Chicago and in-between to Oklahoma and Dallas and have seen exactly one new M5 on the road. If this is indicative of their sales, then this model has been a massive flop.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Judah Richardson
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      JasonERF
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Jag in black for me. Much more rare.
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        Steveo
        • 1 Year Ago
        I actually like it. Easy to operate and looks great!
        Steveo
        • 1 Year Ago
        How is the dial slow? You twist it and it stops when you are in Drive. You want a "stick" sticking out in the middle? That looks great!!! How fast do you want to put the car in gear? I takes a half a second. You want to do it in .0005456 seconds? would a regular gear selector do that for you? Drive one for a few days and you will realize how easy the selector is.
        Time
        • 1 Year Ago
        "Why does Jaguar continues with the dial transmission, despite the widespread complaints." Because most of the "widespread" complaints are from people that don't own or some maybe even can't afford a Jaguar. So why should Jaguar try and please everyone...especially people on the internet that are never satisfied?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Time
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          Steveo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Time
          Great answer!!!
      dude
      • 1 Year Ago
      the jag looks like something my 13yr old Nephew designed on his Need for Speed game
      Auto-perspective
      • 1 Year Ago
      The XF has always been ugly. It looks too much like Hyundai, Kia Toyota to demand the lofty price. I didn't like when it came out, and I don't now. Where's the M5 in this debate? Mercs and BMWs look distinctive and are probably better built
      herrstreet
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel like Jag could do a better job of rediscovering some of it's heritage in terms of styling and of performance. The car also is clearly in need of a diet. I guess you see what all the extra development resources that Diamler has can pay for. And the the Jag does look far too much like a special edition Holden Commodore with that wing and corny paint color. I hope they get there with the next model.
        NamorF-Pro
        • 1 Year Ago
        @herrstreet
        What's wrong with those looks? I think Jag can teach the Germans a thing or two about looks. German cars are too conservative and old looking.
        vi_per
        • 1 Year Ago
        @herrstreet
        +10. Well said.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      The performance differences between these 2 cars will never really be seen by the vast majority of people out there - even those that think they are performance drivers. So in the end, styling and exclusivity will play a huge part in a person's decision. As such, I think its a no-brainer that the Jag wins. As long as their quality is comparable, I see little reason not to pick it. And his complaints about the lack of exhaust note in the Jag can be easily fixed with a tuned exhaust.
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