2019 Audi S5 Sportback vs. 2019 Jaguar XF

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 XF 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 XF 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 XF 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 XF.

Both the S5 Sportback and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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 XF has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The S5 Sportback’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XF’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 XF 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 XF 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 XF S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi S5 Sportback is faster than the XF S 3.0 supercharged V6:

 

S5 Sportback

XF

Zero to 30 MPH

1.6 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.9 sec

12.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3.5 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

12.9 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

108 MPH

104 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the S5 Sportback gets better fuel mileage than the XF S Sedan AWD V6 (21 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/28 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

S5 Sportback

XF

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The S5 Sportback stops much shorter than the XF:

 

S5 Sportback

XF

 

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’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XF (265/30R20 vs. 255/35R20).

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 XF’s standard 45 series tires. The S5 Sportback’s optional tires have a lower 30 series profile than the XF’s optional 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The S5 Sportback Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the XF R-Sport Sedan AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The S5 Sportback Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the XF R-Sport Sedan AWD (25 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

The S5 Sportback is 7.9 inches shorter than the XF Sedan, making the S5 Sportback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

The S5 Sportback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the XF Sedan with its rear seat up (21.8 vs. 17.8 cubic feet). The S5 Sportback has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the XF Sedan with its rear seat folded (35 vs. 31.2 cubic feet).

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 XF 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 XF.

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 XF doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Model Availability

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

Recommendations

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

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