2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 vs. 2019 Audi RS 5 Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XE SV Project 8 and the RS 5 Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

Warranty

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 5 Sportback’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 5 Sportback.

Engine

The XE SV Project 8’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 148 more horsepower (592 vs. 444) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 443) than the RS 5 Sportback’s 2.9 turbo V6.

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 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The XE SV Project 8 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 Sportback (16.6 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XE SV Project 8’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RS 5 Sportback:

 

XE SV Project 8

RS 5 Sportback

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

14.8 inches

Rear Rotors

15.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the XE SV Project 8 has larger rear tires than the RS 5 Sportback (305/30R20 vs. 265/35R19). The XE SV Project 8’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the RS 5 Sportback (305/30R20 vs. 275/30R20).

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 5 Sportback’s standard 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE SV Project 8 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the RS 5 Sportback.

Suspension and Handling

The XE SV Project 8 has a standard 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 RS 5 Sportback’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the XE SV Project 8 is 1.3 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than on the RS 5 Sportback.

For better maneuverability, the XE SV Project 8’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the RS 5 Sportback’s (37 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar XE SV Project 8 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 pounds less than the Audi RS 5 Sportback.

Passenger Space

The XE SV Project 8 has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the RS 5 Sportback.

Cargo Capacity

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 5 Sportback’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

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 5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The XE SV Project 8’s standard power windows have a locking feature to keep children in the rear seat from operating them. Audi does not offer a locking feature on the RS 5 Sportback’s standard power windows.

If the windows are left open on the XE SV Project 8 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the RS 5 Sportback can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 5 Sportback 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 5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Both the XE SV Project 8 and the RS 5 Sportback 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 5 Sportback.

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