2019 Jaguar XF vs. 2019 Audi S3 Sedan

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The XF 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 XF Sport/S/Portfolio 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 XF Sport/S/Portfolio’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 XF 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 XF and the S3 Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The XF 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 XF 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.

Engine

The XF 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 XF 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 XF’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 XF 20d AWD gets better fuel mileage than the S3 Sedan (30 city/40 hwy vs. 22 city/29 hwy).

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

 

 

 

MPG

XF Sedan

 

RWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

31 city/42 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

25 city/34 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

20d 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

30 city/40 hwy

 

 

25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/33 hwy

 

 

30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

S3 Sedan

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the XF’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 XF’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 XF Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the S3 Sedan (17.4 vs. 14.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XF Sportbrake’s standard fuel tank has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the S3 Sedan (19.8 vs. 14.5 gallons).

Transmission

An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar XF, 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 XF 30t/S’ brake rotors are larger than those on the S3 Sedan:

 

XF 30t/S

S3 Sedan

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the XF has larger standard tires than the S3 Sedan (245/45R18 vs. 225/40R18). The XF’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S3 Sedan (255/35R20 vs. 235/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XF offers optional 20-inch wheels. The S3 Sedan’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The XF Sportbrake has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 12.9 inches longer than on the S3 Sedan (116.5 inches vs. 103.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the XF is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S3 Sedan.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the XF Sedan a Mid-size car, while the S3 Sedan is rated a Subcompact.

The XF has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the S3 Sedan (95 vs. 86).

The XF Sedan has .6 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.5 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the S3 Sedan.

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sedan has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the S3 Sedan (17.8 vs. 10 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XF 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 XF’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 XF 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 XF has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The S3 Sedan doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

Ergonomics

The XF 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 three different drivers share the XF, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver and front passenger’s seat positions, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a memory system.

The XF’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The XF (except 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The XF has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the XF offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer cornering lights. The XF also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XF (except Base/Premium/Prestige/Sportbrake) to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The S3 Sedan doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

When the XF 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 XF and the S3 Sedan offer available heated front seats. The XF 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 XF (except 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 XF’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 Jaguar XF comes in sedan and station wagon bodystyles; the Audi S3 isn’t available as a station wagon.

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

Recommendations

The XF was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” for 2 of the last 11 years. The S3 Sedan has never been an “All Star.”

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