2020 Jaguar XE vs. 2020 Audi A5 Sportback

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Safety

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Both the XE and A5 Sportback have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The XE 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 A5 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 XE’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 A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the XE and the A5 Sportback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The XE comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The A5 Sportback’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XE 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 A5 Sportback.

Engine

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The XE 30t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 48 more horsepower (296 vs. 248) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 273) than the A5 Sportback’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the XE 25t AWD gets better highway fuel mileage than the A5 Sportback Auto (24 city/34 hwy vs. 24 city/32 hwy).

The XE has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the A5 Sportback (16.6 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jaguar XE higher (7 out of 10) than the Audi A5 Sportback (3). This means the XE produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the A5 Sportback every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Jaguar XE, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the A5 Sportback.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the XE R-Dynamic’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the A5 Sportback:

XE R-Dynamic

A5 Sportback

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The XE R-Dynamic S’ optional 265/30R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 30 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A5 Sportback’s optional 35 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the XE R-Dynamic S offers optional 20-inch wheels. The A5 Sportback’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The XE has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the A5 Sportback; it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling

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The XE’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 A5 Sportback doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the XE’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the A5 Sportback’s (36.8 feet vs. 38.4 feet).

Chassis

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The Jaguar XE may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 350 pounds less than the Audi A5 Sportback.

The XE is 3.1 inches shorter than the A5 Sportback, making the XE easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The XE has .2 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the A5 Sportback.

Cargo Capacity

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With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the XE offers cargo security. The A5 Sportback’s hatchback body style defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

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The XE 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 A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

If the windows are left open on the XE the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the A5 Sportback can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the XE (except Base) offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer cornering lights.

A power rear sunshade is optional in the XE to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a rear sunshade.

Model Availability

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The XE is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The A5 Sportback doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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