2019 Audi Q8 vs. 2019 Jaguar E-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q8’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 Q8 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 Q8 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 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.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Q8 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 E-Pace doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Q8 and the E-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The Audi Q8 weighs 829 to 969 pounds more than the Jaguar E-Pace. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

The Q8’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 Q8’s warranty.

Reliability

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

The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 89 more horsepower (335 vs. 246) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 269) than the E-Pace P250’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Q8’s 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid produces 39 more horsepower (335 vs. 296) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi Q8 uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The E-Pace requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Q8 has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the E-Pace (22.5 vs. 18.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the E-Pace:

 

Q8

E-Pace

E-Pace R-Dynamic

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

12.8 inches

13.7 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

The Q8’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.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q8 has larger standard tires than the E-Pace (275/50R20 vs. 225/65R17). The Q8’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the E-Pace (285/45R21 vs. 245/45R20).

The Q8’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the E-Pace’s standard 65 series tires. The Q8’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the E-Pace’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the E-Pace. The Q8’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the E-Pace.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q8’s wheelbase is 12.3 inches longer than on the E-Pace (117.9 inches vs. 105.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Q8 is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than on the E-Pace.

Passenger Space

The Q8 has 1.6 inches more front legroom, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, 5.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the E-Pace.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Q8’s rear seats recline. The E-Pace’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Q8 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the E-Pace with its rear seat up (28.6 vs. 24.2 cubic feet). The Q8 has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the E-Pace with its rear seat folded (67.5 vs. 52.7 cubic feet).

Towing

The Q8’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the E-Pace’s (7700 vs. 3968 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Q8 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

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the E-Pace, the Q8 offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Q8 Prestige has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The E-Pace doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Q8 has standard extendable sun visors. The E-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A manual rear sunshade is optional in the Q8 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The E-Pace doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

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