2019 Audi Q5 vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The E-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar E-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The E-Pace 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.

Both the Q5 and the E-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, 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.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Q5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The E-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the E-Pace’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 Q5’s warranty.

Reliability

The Audi Q5’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the E-Pace’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Q5’s reliability 62 points higher than the E-Pace.

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.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi Q5 is faster than the E-Pace P250:

 

Q5

E-Pace

Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

7.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.5 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

85.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q5 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The E-Pace requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The Q5 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 E-Pace doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Q5’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The E-Pace doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the E-Pace:

 

Q5

E-Pace

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The Q5’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the E-Pace are solid, not vented.

The Q5 stops much shorter than the E-Pace:

 

Q5

E-Pace

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q5 has larger standard tires than the E-Pace (235/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Q5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Pace (255/45R20 vs. 245/45R20).

The Q5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the E-Pace’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q5 has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the E-Pace.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q5’s wheelbase is 5.4 inches longer than on the E-Pace (111 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

The Q5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the E-Pace SE (27.2 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Q5’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the E-Pace’s (38.4 feet vs. 39.1 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Q5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the E-Pace (8.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Q5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

The Q5 has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Pace.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q5’s rear seats recline. The E-Pace’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Q5 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the E-Pace with its rear seat up (25.1 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Q5 has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (53.1 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Q5’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The E-Pace doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Towing

The Q5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the E-Pace’s (4400 vs. 3968 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q5 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the E-Pace. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

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.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the E-Pace.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q5 has standard extendable sun visors. The E-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Audi Q5, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jaguar E-Pace isn't recommended.

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