2019 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 Audi A3 Cabriolet

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The F-Type’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The F-Type has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F-Type and the A3 Cabriolet have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The A3 Cabriolet’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Jaguar will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Audi only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the A3 Cabriolet.

Reliability

The battery on the F-Type is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the F-Type’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The A3 Cabriolet’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

The F-Type has more powerful engines than the A3 Cabriolet:

 

Horsepower

Torque

F-Type P300 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P340 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

F-Type P380 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

339 lbs.-ft.

F-Type R 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

F-Type SVR 5.0 supercharged V8

575 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

A3 Cabriolet 40 TSFI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

184 HP

221 lbs.-ft.

A3 Cabriolet 45 TSFI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

228 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the A3 Cabriolet 40 TSFI’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F-Type has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the A3 Cabriolet 45 TSFI Quattro’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.5 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar F-Type, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A3 Cabriolet.

The F-Type Auto’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 A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the F-Type’s brake rotors are larger than those on the A3 Cabriolet:

 

F-Type

F-Type

A3 Cabriolet

Front Rotors

14 inches

15.7 inches

12.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

15 inches

10.7 inches

The F-Type’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the A3 Cabriolet are solid, not vented.

The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the A3 Cabriolet:

 

F-Type

A3 Cabriolet

 

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type has larger standard tires than the A3 Cabriolet (F:245/45R18 & R:275/40R18 vs. 225/45R17). The F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A3 Cabriolet (275/40R19 vs. 235/35R19).

The F-Type’s standard 275/40R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A3 Cabriolet’s standard 45 series tires. The F-Type’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the A3 Cabriolet Prestige’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the A3 Cabriolet. The F-Type’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the A3 Cabriolet Prestige.

Suspension and Handling

The F-Type offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The A3 Cabriolet’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The F-Type’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A3 Cabriolet.

The F-Type R Convertible handles at .96 G’s, while the A3 Cabriolet pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the A3 Cabriolet’s (35.1 feet vs. 36.1 feet).

Passenger Space

The F-Type has 1.8 inches more front legroom and 1.7 inches more front shoulder room than the A3 Cabriolet.

Cargo Capacity

With its convertible body style and remote trunk release lockout, the F-Type offers cargo security. The A3 Cabriolet’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the F-Type is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the A3 Cabriolet. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The F-Type Auto has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When three different drivers share the F-Type, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F-Type’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the F-Type is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The A3 Cabriolet’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the F-Type keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the F-Type’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The A3 Cabriolet doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Type third among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The A3 Cabriolet isn’t in the top three.

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The A3 Cabriolet has never been an “All Star.”

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