2019 Jaguar XE vs. 2019 Audi A4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XE and A4 have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XE has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The A4’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The XE Portfolio/Sport/S’ 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 A4 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XE and the A4 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, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The XE comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The A4’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE 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 A4.

Engine

The XE has more powerful engines than the A4:

 

Horsepower

Torque

XE 20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

180 HP

317 lbs.-ft.

XE 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XE 30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XE S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

A4 40 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

188 HP

236 lbs.-ft.

A4 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the XE 25t is faster than the A4 40 TFSI:

 

XE

A4

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.9 sec

11.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

91 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE 20d gets better fuel mileage than the A4:

 

 

XE

A4

 

2WD

Auto

32 city/42 hwy

27 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

Auto

30 city/40 hwy

23 city/34 hwy

 

On the EPA test cycle the XE 25t AWD gets better fuel mileage than the A4 45 TFSI Quattro (24 city/34 hwy vs. 23 city/34 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The A4 doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The XE 25t/35t/S’ standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the A4 (16.6 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar XE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A4.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XE 300 Sport/S’ brake rotors are larger than those on the A4:

 

XE 300 Sport/S

A4

A4 Quattro

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.4 inches

13.3 inches

The XE stops much shorter than the A4:

 

XE

A4

 

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

155 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The XE S’ optional 265/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A4’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE S offers optional 20-inch wheels. The A4’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The XE’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 A4 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XE’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the A4 (111.6 inches vs. 110 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XE is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A4.

The XE R-Sport handles at .94 G’s, while the A4 Premium pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The XE R-Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the A4 Premium (24.9 seconds @ .79 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the XE’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the A4’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Passenger Space

The XE has .2 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A4.

Cargo Capacity

The XE has a much larger trunk than the A4 (14.7 vs. 13 cubic feet).

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the XE easier. The XE’s trunk lift-over height is 25.5 inches, while the A4’s liftover is 26.9 inches.

Ergonomics

The XE 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 A4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The XE (except Base)’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 A4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

If the windows are left open on the XE 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 A4 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Consumer Reports rated the XE’s headlight performance “Fair,” a higher rating than the A4’s headlights, which were rated “Poor.”

The A4’s cornering lamps activate a lamp on the front corner when the turn signal is activated. The XE (except Base)’s optional adaptive cornering lights turn the actual headlight unit up to several degrees, depending on steering wheel angle and vehicle speed. This lights a significant distance into corners at any speed.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XE (except Base/Premium) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A4 doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the XE 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 A4’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XE Portfolio/Sport/S’ optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The A4 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

© 1991-2018 Advanta-STAR Automotive Research. All rights reserved.

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