2020 Audi A6 vs. 2020 Jaguar XF

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Safety

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The A6’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XF doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi A6 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XF doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The A6 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XF doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the A6. But it costs extra on the XF.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the A6 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The XF doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the A6 and the XF 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 blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A6 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 55 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XF has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The A6’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XF’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 81 percent more Audi dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the A6’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 22nd in initial quality. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 44 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The A6 has more powerful engines than the XF:

Horsepower

Torque

A6 45 TFSI 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

248 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

A6 55 TFSI 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

335 HP

369 lbs.-ft.

XF 25t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

247 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

XF 30t 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

296 HP

295 lbs.-ft.

XF S 3.0 supercharged V6

380 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Transmission

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The A6 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The XF doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the A6’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XF:

A6

XF

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.8 inches

The A6 stops much shorter than the XF:

A6

XF

60 to 0 MPH

107 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the A6 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the XF. The A6 Prestige’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the XF.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A6 is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XF.

The A6 Prestige handles at .93 G’s, while the XF Sedan AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A6 Prestige executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.9 seconds quicker than the XF Sedan AWD (24.9 seconds @ .75 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the A6’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the XF’s (36.4 feet vs. 38.1 feet).

Chassis

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The design of the Audi A6 amounts to more than styling. The A6 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .28 Cd. That is lower than the XF (.28 to .29) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A6 get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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The A6 has 4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the XF (99 vs. 95).

The A6 has .9 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the XF Sedan.

Towing

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The A6 has a 3500 lbs. towing capacity. The XF has no towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 32% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

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The A6’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The XF does not have an oil pressure gauge.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A6 has standard extendable sun visors. The XF doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi A6 offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XF doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the A6 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A6 will cost $730 less than the XF over a five-year period.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the A6 third among midsize premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The XF isn’t in the top three.

The Audi A6/S6 outsold the Jaguar XF by over 12 to one during the 2019 model year.

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