2019 Audi RS 3 vs. 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The RS 3’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi RS 3 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 XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The RS 3 has standard Audi Pre Sense Front, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The XE SV Project 8 doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The RS 3 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 XE SV Project 8 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.

The RS 3’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the RS 3 and the XE SV Project 8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and daytime running lights.

Warranty

The RS 3’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XE SV Project 8’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 RS 3’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.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the RS 3 Auto gets better fuel mileage than the XE SV Project 8 (19 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

Transmission

The RS 3 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 XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

The RS 3’s optional 255/30R19 front tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XE SV Project 8’s 35 series front tires.

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the RS 3’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the XE SV Project 8’s (36.1 feet vs. 37 feet).

Chassis

The Audi RS 3 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Jaguar XE SV Project 8.

The RS 3 is 9.2 inches shorter than the XE SV Project 8, making the RS 3 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The RS 3 is 6 inches narrower than the XE SV Project 8, making the RS 3 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Servicing Ease

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

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RS 3 has standard extendable sun visors. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the RS 3 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Recommendations

The RS 3 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2018. The XE SV Project 8 has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

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