2019 Jaguar XE vs. 2019 Audi A5 Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XE and A5 Sportback 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 A5 Sportback’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 A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XE and the A5 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, 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 A5 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 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 Sportback.

Engine

The XE 30t’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 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XE S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 132 more horsepower (380 vs. 248) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 273) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 273) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE 20d gets better fuel mileage than the A5 Sportback:

 

 

XE

A5

 

2WD

Auto

32 city/42 hwy

n/a

 

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 A5 Sportback (24 city/34 hwy vs. 23 city/34 hwy).

The XE 25t/35t/S’ standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the A5 Sportback (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 A5 Sportback.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XE 300 Sport/S’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the A5 Sportback:

 

XE 300 Sport/S

A5 Sportback

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

The XE stops much shorter than the A5 Sportback:

 

XE

A5 Sportback

 

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

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 A5 Sportback’s optional 35 series tires.

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

The XE has a standard 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 Sportback; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

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 A5 Sportback doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XE is .5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the A5 Sportback.

The XE handles at .96 G’s, while the A5 Sportback Prestige pulls only .93 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XE’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the A5 Sportback’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar XE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Audi A5 Sportback.

The design of the Jaguar XE amounts to more than styling. The XE has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is lower than the A5 Sportback (.29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XE get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The XE has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A5 Sportback.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE offers cargo security. The A5 Sportback’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

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 A5 Sportback 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 A5 Sportback 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 A5 Sportback can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the XE (except Base) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XE (except Base/Premium) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Model Availability

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

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