2019 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 Audi A5

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 A5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the F-Type and the A5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 A5’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 A5.

Engine

The F-Type P300’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 48 more horsepower (296 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The F-Type P340’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 92 more horsepower (340 vs. 248) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The F-Type P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 132 more horsepower (380 vs. 248) and 66 lbs.-ft. more torque (339 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 302 more horsepower (550 vs. 248) and 229 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The F-Type SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 327 more horsepower (575 vs. 248) and 243 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 273) than the A5’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the F-Type is faster than the Audi A5 (automatics tested):

 

F-Type R

F-Type SVR

A5

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

3.3 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.8 sec

11.5 sec

13.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122.3 MPH

122.7 MPH

100.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The F-Type has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the A5 (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 A5.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the F-Type’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A5:

 

F-Type

F-Type

A5

Front Rotors

14 inches

15.7 inches

13.3 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

15 inches

13 inches

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 A5 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the A5:

 

F-Type

A5

 

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the A5 (275/40R19 vs. 255/35R19).

The F-Type’s optional 295/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A5’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the F-Type offers optional 20-inch wheels. The A5’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The F-Type offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the A5; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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 A5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .1 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A5.

The F-Type SVR Coupe handles at .96 G’s, while the A5 Prestige Coupe pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The F-Type SVR Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the A5 Prestige Coupe (24 seconds @ .87 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 2.6 feet tighter than the A5’s (35.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the A5’s (37.1 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 250 pounds less than the Audi A5.

The F-Type is 8 inches shorter than the A5, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The F-Type Coupe has 1.7 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more front shoulder room than the A5 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

The F-Type Coupe has a much larger trunk than the A5 Coupe (14.4 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

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 A5 doesn’t offer a power trunk.

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 A5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the A5, the F-Type has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The F-Type’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The A5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

On a hot day the F-Type’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the A5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 A5 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

Model Availability

The F-Type is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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 A5 isn’t in the top three.

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The A5 has never been an “All Star.”

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