2020 Audi S6 vs. 2019 Jaguar XJ

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Safety

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Both the S6 and XJ have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The S6 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 XJ’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.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the S6. But it costs extra on the XJ.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the S6 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 XJ doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the S6 and the XJ have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The S6’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XJ’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 S6’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 S6’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 104 more horsepower (444 vs. 340) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 332) than the XJ’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6. The S6’s 2.9 turbo V6 hybrid produces 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (443 vs. 424) than the XJ Supercharged’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8.

Transmission

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The S6 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 XJ doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the S6’s brake rotors are larger than those on the XJ:

S6

XJ

XJ Supercharged/XJR

Front Rotors

15.8 inches

14 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the S6 has larger tires than the XJ (255/40R20 vs. 245/45R19).

The S6’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XJ’s standard 45 series front tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the S6 has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the XJ. The S6’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the XJ.

Suspension and Handling

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The front and rear suspension of the S6 uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the XJ, which uses coil springs in front. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

Chassis

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The S6 is 7 inches shorter than the XJ, making the S6 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The S6 has .2 inches more front shoulder room and .9 inches more rear headroom than the XJ.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the S6 easier. The S6’s trunk lift-over height is 27 inches, while the XJ’s liftover is 28.5 inches.

The S6’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The XJ doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the S6’s trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XJ doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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 S6’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 XJ does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The S6 Prestige has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XJ doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The S6’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The XJ’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the S6 has standard extendable sun visors. The XJ doesn’t offer extendable visors.

A power rear sunshade and manual rear side window sunshades are optional in the S6 Prestige to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The XJ doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Audi S6 has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The XJ doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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