2019 Audi S5 Sportback vs. 2019 Jaguar XE

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The S5 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 doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi S5 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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The S5 Sportback has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply 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 S5 Sportback. But it costs extra on the XE.

Both the S5 Sportback and the XE 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the S5 Sportback the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The S5 Sportback’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 S5 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.

Engine

The S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 102 more horsepower (349 vs. 247) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 269) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 53 more horsepower (349 vs. 296) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the XE S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Audi S5 Sportback is faster than the XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

S5 Sportback

XE

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.1 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S5 Sportback gets better fuel mileage than the XE S AWD V6 (21 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/29 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the S5 Sportback’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XE:

 

S5 Sportback

XE

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The S5 Sportback’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 S5 Sportback stops much shorter than the XE:

 

S5 Sportback

XE

 

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the S5 Sportback has larger standard tires than the XE (245/40R18 vs. 225/45R18). The S5 Sportback’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (265/30R20 vs. 235/35R20).

The S5 Sportback’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. The S5 Sportback’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the XE S’ optional 35 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S5 Sportback has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the XE.

Suspension and Handling

The S5 Sportback Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the XE AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The S5 Sportback Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.2 seconds quicker than the XE AWD (25 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the S5 Sportback Prestige is quieter than the XE R-Sport AWD (40 vs. 43 dB).

Passenger Space

The S5 Sportback has 2.4 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the XE.

Cargo Capacity

The S5 Sportback’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 S5 Sportback 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 S5 Sportback 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 S5 Sportback has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

The Audi S5 comes in coupe, convertible and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Jaguar XE isn’t available as a coupe or convertible.

Recommendations

The Audi A5/S5/RS 5 outsold the Jaguar XE by over five to one during the 2018 model year.

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