2020 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2019 Audi RS 5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The F-Type’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 RS 5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the F-Type and the RS 5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The F-Type comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The RS 5’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the F-Type 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 RS 5.

Engine

The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 106 more horsepower (550 vs. 444) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 443) than the RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6. The F-Type SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 131 more horsepower (575 vs. 444) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 443) than the RS 5’s 2.9 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F-Type’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 RS 5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type 2.0-liter’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 (16.6 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F-Type V6/V8’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Transmission

The F-Type’s launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The RS 5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction and acceleration, the F-Type has larger standard rear tires than the RS 5 (275/40R18 vs. 265/35R19). The F-Type SVR’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the RS 5 (305/30R20 vs. 275/30R20).

Suspension and Handling

The F-Type’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 RS 5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.7 inches wider in the rear than the track on the RS 5.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at .99 G’s, while the RS 5 pulls only .95 G’s of cornering force in a Road and Track skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 3.4 feet tighter than the RS 5’s (35 feet vs. 38.4 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the RS 5’s (37 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 600 pounds less than the Audi RS 5.

The F-Type is 9.8 inches shorter than the RS 5, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The F-Type has 1.7 inches more front legroom and 1.4 inches more front shoulder room than the RS 5.

Cargo Capacity

The F-Type Coupe has a much larger trunk than the RS 5 (14.4 vs. 11.6 cubic feet).

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the F-Type Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

The F-Type Auto 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 RS 5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the RS 5, the F-Type has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The F-Type’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The RS 5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

On a hot day the F-Type’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the RS 5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Model Availability

The Jaguar F-Type comes in coupe and convertible bodystyles; the Audi RS 5 isn’t available as a convertible.

The F-Type is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The RS 5 has never been an “All Star.”

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