2019 Jaguar XF vs. 2019 Audi S5 Sportback

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the XF and S5 Sportback have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XF 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 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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XF and the S5 Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, 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, around view monitors 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 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 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 S5 Sportback.

Engine

The XF 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 XF 20d AWD gets better fuel mileage than the S5 Sportback (30 city/40 hwy vs. 21 city/30 hwy).

The XF Diesel’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 Sportback (17.4 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The XF Sportbrake’s standard fuel tank has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 Sportback (19.8 vs. 15.3 gallons).

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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XF’s wheelbase is 5.3 inches longer than on the S5 Sportback (116.5 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

The XF’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50.2% to 49.8%) than the S5 Sportback’s (56% to 44%). This gives the XF more stable handling and braking.

Chassis

The Jaguar XF may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Audi S5 Sportback.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the XF S Sedan AWD is quieter than the S5 Sportback Prestige:

 

XF

S5 Sportback

At idle

40 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

79 dB

70 MPH Cruising

64 dB

70 dB

Passenger Space

The XF Sedan has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear legroom and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the S5 Sportback.

Cargo Capacity

The XF Sportbrake has a much larger trunk with its rear seat up than the S5 Sportback with its rear seat up (31.7 vs. 21.8 cubic feet). The XF Sportbrake has a much larger trunk with its rear seat folded than the S5 Sportback with its rear seat folded (69.7 vs. 35 cubic feet).

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XF offers cargo security. The S5 Sportback’s defeats cargo security.

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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the S5 Sportback, the XF Portfolio/S has a passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The XF’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S5 Sportback doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 S5 Sportback 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 S5 Sportback 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 S5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Model Availability

The XF is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The S5 Sportback 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 S5 Sportback has never been an “All Star.”

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