Used test: Jaguar F-Type vs Mercedes-Benz SL

Anyone shopping for stunning performance and wind-in-the-hair fun should consider the Jaguar F-Type and the Mercedes-Benz SL. But which one makes more sense as a used buy?...

F-Type vs SL

Our Verdict

The Mercedes SL wins thanks to its Swiss Army Knife-like ability to adapt to almost any situation. It’s a great cruiser, with or without the roof down, and is still capable of putting a big smile on your face when the road gets twisty. It also costs less to buy and is considerably cheaper to own, and comes with more standard kit and is more practical.

The Jaguar F-Type is slightly faster and even more fun to drive on a winding road, but that doesn’t make up for its shortcomings in other key areas.

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1st – Mercedes-Benz SL

Mercedes SL

For Comfortable cruiser; practical; strong engine

Against Less fun to drive than the Jag; outdated interior

Verdict Perfect for long distances, and still good fun to drive

4 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz SL review 

Used Mercedes-Benz SLs for sale >>


2nd – Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type

For Sharper handling; all-weather dependability; faster roof

Against Less practical; cheap-feeling interior; will cost more to run

Verdict  The driver’s choice, but not as well-rounded as the Merc

4 out of 5 stars

Jaguar F-Type review

Jaguar F-Types for sale >>


Specifications: Jaguar F-Type V6 S Convertible AWD

Engine size 3.0-litre petrol

List price when new £72,900

Price today £38,400

Power 375bhp

Torque 332lb ft

0-60mph 4.6sec

Top speed 171mph

Fuel economy 31.7mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 211g/km


Specifications: Mercedes-Benz SL 400 AMG Line

Engine size 3.0-litre petrol

List price when new £73,810

Price today £35,270

Power 362bhp

Torque 373lb ft

0-60mph 4.8sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 36.7mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 175g/km


Price today is based on a 2016 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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