In the luxury compact sedan segment, two options stand ahead of the pack: the 2018 Jaguar XE and the 2018 Mercedes C300. Both have features that appeal to discriminating buyers.



The performance of the 2018 Jaguar XE beats that of the 2018 Mercedes C300 thanks to a few key differences. The C300 features a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that produces 273 pound-feet of torque and 241 horsepower. This engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission. The standard C300 comes with front-wheel drive, while the C300 4Matic has Mercedes' all-wheel-drive system.

The XE comes standard with a similar 2.0-liter engine that makes 269 pound-feet of torque and 247 horsepower, but it's available with a diesel-powered unit pumping out 318 pound-feet of torque and 180 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines. Drivers report the Jaguar offers a sportier and punchier driving experience.

Luxury & Convenience

Neither model skimps on luxury, boasting standard features like dual-zone climate control, simulated-leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and Bluetooth connectivity. The base model of the Jaguar XE also has an 8-inch touchscreen with a media infotainment system, while the C300 has a 7-inch central display screen with a central control mounted on the console.

Options for the C300 include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, heated and ventilated seats, a cabin air fragrance and purification system, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel. With the XE, you can add a larger 10-inch touchscreen, a premium Meridian audio system, heated rear seats, and a 3G Wi-Fi connection.

Safety & Security

Both models come equipped with ample safety features, including advanced airbags throughout the cabin, anti-lock brakes, and traction and stability control. All trim levels of the XE have a selectable driving mode system for driving in snow, ice, and rain. Packages combine some of the active safety features, such as lane-keep assist, forward collision mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. The XE is also available with front and rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring. 


The prices of the two sedans are similar, with the XE coming in at about $4,500 lower. The MSRP of the XE is $35,725, while the C300 starts at $40,250.

Fuel Economy

When comparing the fuel economy of the two vehicles, note that the XE is available with a diesel-powered engine option. With the base gas-powered engine, EPA estimates for the XE come in at 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, producing a combined estimate of 28 mpg. The estimates for the C300 are 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, making the XE a better choice for drivers wanting to maximize fuel efficiency. 


The Mercedes-Benz New-Vehicle Limited Warranty offers coverage for defects in workmanship or material for 48 months or 50,000 miles. New Jaguar models are covered by a best-in-class warranty of five years or 60,000 miles.

Take the stylish 2018 Jaguar XE for a test drive at Hennessy Jaguar Gwinnett to see how its features beat out those available on the 2018 Mercedes C300.

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