Both Mercedes and Jaguar are highly desirable luxury car manufacturers which compete for a similar customer base. Most people buying luxury sedans and SUVs value comfort, luxury, ease of use, status, style, and technology.
As such, it makes perfect sense that you want your car to look the part. Proper wheels design and size are important if you want your car to look as luxurious as it is, but if you want to interchange wheels between different manufacturers you need to make sure certain measurements are on point.
First of all, you need to pay close attention to the bolt pattern of both wheels which needs to be identical if you want to preserve your car’s original driveability and safety. The wheel diameter and tire size also need to match. Finally, you need to pay close attention to the wheel offset which also needs to match.
If all of these match and the wheels are as they should be, Mercedes wheels will fit a Jaguar or any other car out there with these respective measurements taken into account. However, it’s always best to talk to a professional before you invest in a new set of wheels in order not to make a bad decision.
The bolt pattern
Even though wheels and their respective bolts might look the same at first glance, chances are that they are not. As such, most modern-day Mercedes cars use a 5×112 bolt pattern which means that these wills are going to fit on cars that also require a 5×112 bolt pattern.
On the ether hand, most Jaguar wheels use a 5×114.3 bolt pattern which is different when compared to most Mercedes models which means that these will not be interchangeable. There are some companies out there that offer bolt adapters but these should not be used as they can severely impact how a car drives.
Different bolt patterns are a definite no-go as far as wheel interchangeability is concerned. You might be able to use a different bolt pattern only if the car’s user manual allows you to do so. The best thing you can do if the bolt patterns don’t match is to contact your dealer and ask if something specific can be done.
However, they are likely going to tell you that that’s not a safe thing to do and that you should look for wheels with an identical bolt pattern.
Tire size and wheel diameter
Your speedometer and odometer are tuned precisely with a specific tire size in mind which means that if you mount your car with larger or smaller tire sizes, these will not be able to function properly. The wheel diameter is the size of the wheel which can change only if you change the tire size correspondingly.
This means that if you opt for 1-inch larger wheels you need to countereffect that with 1-inch smaller tires. The easiest way to compare these is to look for these measurements on the wheels themselves. If you are still unsure about what to do you should also look at online rim compatibility charts.
The most important part here is that the wheel and the tire match both between each other and in regards to the car they are being mounted on. If the bolt patterns match and the wheel diameter/tire size measurements match, you should be able to mount your Mercedes wheels on a Jaguar.
Because both Mercedes and Jaguar manufacture similar types of cars you should be able to find Mercedes wheels that fit Jaguar models easily as far as wheel diameter and tire size are concerned.
The last measurement you need to pay attention to is the wheel offset which can be either neutral, positive, or negative. A wheel offset refers to the distance between the centerline of the wheel and the mounting hub.
A neutral offset wheel is one in which the mounting hub falls directly onto the centerline of the wheel which means that wheels with a neutral offset should easily be interchangeable if all others measurements match. A positive offset wheel refers to a wheel where the mounting hub is located on the front of the wheel.
A negative offset wheel places the mounting hub closer to the suspension and is moved inwards. However, if you change the wheel diameter or tire size, chances are that your offset is also going to need some adjustments.
What is important while changing wheels on a car?
Besides looking at the bolt pattern, the wheel diameter, tire size and offset, you should also pay close attention to the maximum load a wheel can take, especially if you are changing wheels on a commercial vehicle that tends to do lots of hauling or towing.
The center bore of the wheel, lug hardware and the impact a wheel replacement has on your suspension are also worth considering if you want to retain your car’s original driving characteristics. Wheels and tires require precision work and balancing before they can safely be used on a daily basis.
Where can I find my wheel measurements?
The first place to look for wheel measurements is on the tire or the wheel as most tires/wheels have their own corresponding measurements placed directly onto them. You can also look for these measurements in the door sill as most cars tend to place a specific sticker with all the corresponding data there.
The owner’s manual also has a dedicated section for wheels and tires and you should also easily be able to find these measurements here.
Is it okay to put larger wheels on a car?
If the bolt pattern and the wheel offset match you should easily be able to do it. However, you also need to make sure that the wheel size and tire size are the same across all wheels. As previously mentioned, you can put a 17-inch wheel on a car that came with 16-inch wheels only if you decrease the tire size by one inch.
However, it’s always best to talk to a professional before you decide to do anything as this can play a huge role in how your car behaves and how safe it is.