2019 Audi S3 Sedan vs. 2019 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The S3 Sedan’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XE doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi S3 Sedan 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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The S3 Sedan 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 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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the S3 Sedan. But it costs extra on the XE.

Both the S3 Sedan and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the S3 Sedan the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 113 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The S3 Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XE’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 S3 Sedan’s warranty.

Reliability

The Audi S3 Sedan’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the XE’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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’ 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 S3 Sedan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 41 more horsepower (288 vs. 247) and 11 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 269) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi S3 Sedan is faster than the XE 25t:

S3

XE

Zero to 60 MPH

4.7 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.4 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102.4 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Audi S3 Sedan uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The XE requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

The S3 Sedan 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 doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The S3 Sedan’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 XE doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the S3 Sedan’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XE:

S3

XE

Front Rotors

13.4 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

11.8 inches

The S3 Sedan’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the XE are solid, not vented.

The S3 Sedan stops much shorter than the XE:

S3

XE

70 to 0 MPH

160 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The S3 Sedan’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XE’s standard 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S3 Sedan has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the XE.

Suspension and Handling

The S3 Sedan handles at .92 G’s, while the XE AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The S3 Sedan executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the XE AWD (25.2 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the S3 Sedan’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the XE’s (36.1 feet vs. 36.8 feet).

Chassis

The S3 Sedan is 8.1 inches shorter than the XE, making the S3 Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The S3 Sedan is 7.4 inches narrower than the XE, making the S3 Sedan easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

The S3 Sedan’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The XE Base doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

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

The S3 Sedan has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XE doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the S3 Sedan 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 XE.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the S3 Sedan has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations

The Audi A3/S3 outsold the Jaguar XE by almost four to one during 2018.

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