2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 vs. 2019 Audi RS 3

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the XE SV Project 8 and the RS 3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, all wheel drive, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and driver alert monitors.


The XE SV Project 8 comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The RS 3’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE SV Project 8 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 RS 3.


The battery on the XE SV Project 8 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XE SV Project 8’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The RS 3’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.


The XE SV Project 8’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 198 more horsepower (592 vs. 394) and 162 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 354) than the RS 3’s 2.5 turbo 5 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XE SV Project 8’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 RS 3 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The XE SV Project 8 has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 3 (16.6 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar XE SV Project 8, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the RS 3.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XE SV Project 8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RS 3:


XE SV Project 8

RS 3

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

14.6 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

12.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XE SV Project 8 has larger tires than the RS 3 (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. 235/35R19). The XE SV Project 8’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RS 3 (F:265/35R20 & R:305/30R20 vs. F:255/30R19 & R:235/35R19).

The XE SV Project 8’s 305/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RS 3’s standard 35 series tires. The XE SV Project 8’s tires are lower profile than the RS 3’s optional 35 series rear tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE SV Project 8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Only 19-inch wheels are available on the RS 3.

Suspension and Handling

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XE SV Project 8’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the RS 3 (111.6 inches vs. 103.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XE SV Project 8 is 2.8 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the RS 3.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the XE SV Project 8 a Compact car, while the RS 3 is rated a Subcompact.

The XE SV Project 8 has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RS 3 (91 vs. 86).

The XE SV Project 8 has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the RS 3.

Cargo Capacity

The XE SV Project 8 has a much larger trunk than the RS 3 (15.9 vs. 10 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE SV Project 8 offers cargo security. The RS 3’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the XE SV Project 8’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the XE SV Project 8 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the RS 3. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.


When two different drivers share the XE SV Project 8 Premium/Prestige/Portfolio/R-Sport/S, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a memory system.

The XE SV Project 8 Prestige/R-Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Smart Key standard on the XE SV Project 8 allows you to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi RS 3’s Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the XE SV Project 8 (except Base) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The RS 3 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XE SV Project 8 (except Base/Premium) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The RS 3 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the XE SV Project 8 Premium/Prestige/Portfolio/R-Sport/S 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 RS 3’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the XE SV Project 8 and the RS 3 offer available heated front seats. The XE SV Project 8 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the RS 3.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the XE SV Project 8 (except Base/Premium) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The RS 3 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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