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Both the A6 and XJ have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A6 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The XJ’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.
The A6 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XJ doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A6. But it costs extra on the XJ.
A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The XJ doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the A6 and the XJ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
The A6’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XJ’s (12 vs. 6 years).
There are over 81 percent more Audi dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the A6’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 25th in initial quality. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 30th.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 13th in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 20th.
The A6’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the XJ’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.
On the EPA test cycle the A6 gets better fuel mileage than the XJ AWD (22 city/29 hwy vs. 17 city/26 hwy).
Regenerative brakes improve the A6’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XJ doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi A6 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The XJ requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The A6 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The XJ doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.
The A6 stops much shorter than the XJ:
60 to 0 MPH
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A6 Prestige offers optional 21-inch wheels. The XJ’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The A6 Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the XJL Portfolio pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The A6 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the XJL Portfolio (24.9 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 26.4 seconds @ .66 average G’s).
For better maneuverability, the A6’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the XJ’s (36.4 feet vs. 39 feet). The A6’s turning circle is 5.9 feet tighter than the XJL AWD’s (36.4 feet vs. 42.3 feet).
The A6 is 7.6 inches shorter than the XJ, making the A6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The A6 has .2 inches more front shoulder room and .9 inches more rear headroom than the XJ.
The A6’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The XJ doesn’t offer folding rear seats.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the A6’s available trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XJ doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
While the XJ Supercharged is not recommended to tow, any A6 can tow a minimum of 3500 pounds.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Audi third in service department satisfaction. With a 30% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 15th.
The A6 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XJ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A6 has standard extendable sun visors. The XJ doesn’t offer extendable visors.
The Audi A6/S6 outsold the Jaguar XJ by over five to one during the 2018 model year.
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