2019 Jaguar XE vs. 2019 Audi S3 Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The XE has a standard Whiplash Reduction System, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Reduction System moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The XE Portfolio/Sport/S offers an optional Surround Camera System to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The S3 Sedan only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

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 S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The XE has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the XE and the S3 Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and rear cross-path warning.


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 S3 Sedan’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 S3 Sedan.


The battery on the XE is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the XE’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The S3 Sedan’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.


The XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 8 more horsepower (296 vs. 288) and 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 280) than the S3 Sedan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The XE S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 92 more horsepower (380 vs. 288) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 280) than the S3 Sedan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The XE’s 2.0 turbo diesel produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (317 vs. 280) than the S3 Sedan’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE gets better fuel mileage than the S3 Sedan:








20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

32 city/42 hwy



25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy



30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy



S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy



20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy



25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy



30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/32 hwy



S 3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

S3 Sedan



2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the XE’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the XE’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 S3 Sedan doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The XE 25t/35t/S’ standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the S3 Sedan (16.6 vs. 14.5 gallons).


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 S3 Sedan.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the XE 300 Sport/S’ front brake rotors are larger than those on the S3 Sedan:


XE 300 Sport/S

S3 Sedan

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.2 inches

The XE stops much shorter than the S3 Sedan:



S3 Sedan


80 to 0 MPH

199 feet

206 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

113 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 S3 Sedan’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE S offers optional 20-inch wheels. The S3 Sedan’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 S3 Sedan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XE’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the S3 Sedan (111.6 inches vs. 103.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XE is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S3 Sedan.

The XE R-Sport handles at .94 G’s, while the S3 Sedan pulls only .92 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.


The design of the Jaguar XE amounts to more than styling. The XE has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .26 Cd. That is significantly lower than the S3 Sedan (.31) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XE get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the XE a Compact car, while the S3 Sedan is rated a Subcompact.

The XE has 5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S3 Sedan (91 vs. 86).

The XE has .5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom and 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the S3 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The XE has a much larger trunk than the S3 Sedan (14.7 vs. 10 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE offers cargo security. The S3 Sedan’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’s power trunk can be opened or closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the XE is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the S3 Sedan. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.


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 S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

When two different drivers share the XE (except Base), 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 S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a memory 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 S3 Sedan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The XE (except Base/Premium) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

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 S3 Sedan 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 S3 Sedan 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 S3 Sedan’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the XE and the S3 Sedan offer available heated front seats. The XE also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the S3 Sedan.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the XE (except Base/Premium) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the XE’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Model Availability

The XE is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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