2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback vs. 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The RS 5 Sportback’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 seat shoulder belts of the Audi RS 5 Sportback 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 5 Sportback’s standard pretensioning seatbelts also sense rear collisions and remove slack from the seatbelts to help protect the occupants from whiplash and other injuries. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The RS 5 Sportback has standard Pre Sense City, 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 5 Sportback’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.

The RS 5 Sportback has a standard Audi Connect CARE, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the RS 5 Sportback and the XE SV Project 8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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 5 Sportback’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 5 Sportback’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 5 Sportback gets better fuel mileage than the XE SV Project 8 (17 city/26 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the RS 5 Sportback’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the RS 5 Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE SV Project 8 (275/30R20 vs. 265/35R20).

The RS 5 Sportback’s optional 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.

Chassis

The RS 5 Sportback is 6 feet, 4.6 inches shorter than the XE SV Project 8, making the RS 5 Sportback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The RS 5 Sportback has 1.1 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the XE SV Project 8.

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

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the RS 5 Sportback to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the RS 5 Sportback has standard extendable sun visors. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

On extremely cold winter days, the RS 5 Sportback’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The XE SV Project 8 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the RS 5 Sportback 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.

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