2019 Audi RS 5 vs. 2020 Jaguar F-Type

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The RS 5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The F-Type doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the RS 5. But it costs extra on the F-Type.

The RS 5 offers an optional Top and Corner View Cameras to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The F-Type only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the RS 5 and the F-Type have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The RS 5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the F-Type’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’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 22nd in initial quality. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

The RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6 produces 148 more horsepower (444 vs. 296) and 148 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 295) than the F-Type P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6 produces 104 more horsepower (444 vs. 340) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 332) than the F-Type P340’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6 produces 64 more horsepower (444 vs. 380) and 104 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 339) than the F-Type P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Road and Track the Audi RS 5 is faster than the Jaguar F-Type:

RS 5

F-Type P380

F-Type R

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.2 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

11.8 sec

12.7 sec

11.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

114.9 MPH

110 MPH

122.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the RS 5 gets better fuel mileage than the F-Type P380 AWD (18 city/27 hwy vs. 18 city/26 hwy). The RS 5 gets better fuel mileage than the F-Type R/SVR (18 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the RS 5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The F-Type doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the RS 5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the F-Type:

RS 5

F-Type

Front Rotors

14.8 inches

14 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the RS 5 has larger standard tires than the F-Type (265/35R19 vs. 245/45R18). The RS 5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the F-Type (275/30R20 vs. 265/35R20).

The RS 5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Type’s standard 45 series front and 40 series rear tires. The RS 5’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the F-Type’s optional 35 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the RS 5 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the F-Type.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the RS 5’s wheelbase is 5.7 inches longer than on the F-Type (108.9 inches vs. 103.2 inches).

Chassis

The design of the Audi RS 5 amounts to more than styling. The RS 5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd. That is lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36). A more efficient exterior helps the RS 5 go faster and keeps the interior quieter. It also helps the RS 5 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The RS 5 has standard seating for 4 passengers; the F-Type can only carry 2.

Cargo Capacity

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, just kicking your foot under the back bumper can open the RS 5’s trunk, leaving your hands completely free. The F-Type doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 32% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

The RS 5 offers an optional 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 F-Type doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the RS 5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The F-Type 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 has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Type doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The RS 5’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The F-Type’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The RS 5 has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the F-Type.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the RS 5 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 F-Type doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With standard voice command, the RS 5 offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F-Type doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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