2019 Audi SQ5 vs. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The SQ5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The F-Pace doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi SQ5 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 F-Pace doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The SQ5 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 F-Pace 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.

Both the SQ5 and the F-Pace have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, all-wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, 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 SQ5 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The F-Pace has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The SQ5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the F-Pace’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 SQ5’s warranty.

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the SQ5 has a standard 150-amp alternator. The F-Pace’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

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 SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 102 more horsepower (349 vs. 247) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 269) than the F-Pace 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 53 more horsepower (349 vs. 296) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 295) than the F-Pace 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The SQ5’s 3.0 turbo V6 produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 332) than the F-Pace S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Audi SQ5 is faster than the Jaguar F-Pace:

 

SQ5

F-Pace 30t

F-Pace S

Zero to 30 MPH

1.7 sec

2.1 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.1 sec

6.2 sec

5.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

13 sec

16.3 sec

13.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.1 sec

7.1 sec

5.7 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.8 sec

3.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4 sec

4.6 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.7 sec

14.7 sec

13.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

102 MPH

95 MPH

102 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the SQ5 gets better fuel mileage than the F-Pace S V6 (19 city/24 hwy vs. 18 city/23 hwy).

The SQ5 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the F-Pace Diesel’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

The SQ5’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 F-Pace doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the SQ5’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the F-Pace:

 

SQ5

F-Pace

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The SQ5 stops much shorter than the F-Pace:

 

SQ5

F-Pace

 

70 to 0 MPH

148 feet

167 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The SQ5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the F-Pace Base’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the SQ5 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the F-Pace Base.

Suspension and Handling

The SQ5 has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The F-Pace doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The SQ5 Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the F-Pace Portfolio pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The SQ5 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the F-Pace R-Sport (25.7 seconds @ .73 average G’s vs. 26.8 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the SQ5 has a 2.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the F-Pace SVR (8.2 vs. 5.9 inches), allowing the SQ5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The SQ5’s minimum ground clearance is 1.9 inches higher than on the F-Pace (8.2 vs. 6.3 inches).

Chassis

The SQ5 is 7 inches narrower than the F-Pace, making the SQ5 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the SQ5 Prestige is quieter than the F-Pace S:

 

SQ5

F-Pace

At idle

37 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

76 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The SQ5 has 3.9 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front legroom, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, .6 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the F-Pace.

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 SQ5 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 F-Pace doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the SQ5 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 F-Pace.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the SQ5 has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Pace doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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