2019 Jaguar XE vs. 2019 Audi S5 Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XE and S5 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 S5 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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XE and the S5 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 S5 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 S5 Sportback.

Engine

The XE S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 31 more horsepower (380 vs. 349) than the S5 Sportback’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the XE gets better fuel mileage than the S5 Sportback:

 

 

 

MPG

XE

 

RWD

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

 

AWD

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

S5 Sportback

 

AWD

3.0 supercharged V6

21 city/30 hwy

The XE 25t/35t/S’ standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 Sportback (16.6 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The XE stops much shorter than the S5 Sportback:

 

XE

S5 Sportback

 

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

158 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

105 feet

Motor Trend

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 S5 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 S5 Sportback.

The XE handles at .96 G’s, while the S5 Sportback Prestige pulls only .95 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 S5 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 550 pounds less than the Audi S5 Sportback.

The XE is 3.2 inches shorter than the S5 Sportback, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 S5 Sportback (.29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the XE get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the XE R-Sport AWD is quieter than the S5 Sportback Prestige (73 vs. 79 dB).

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 S5 Sportback.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE offers cargo security. The S5 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 S5 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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 S5 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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Model Availability

The XE is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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