2021 Jaguar F-Type vs. 2020 Audi S5

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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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 S5 doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the F-Type and the S5 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 and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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 S5’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 S5.

Engine

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The F-Type P380’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 31 more horsepower (380 vs. 349) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6. The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 226 more horsepower (575 vs. 349) and 147 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 369) than the S5’s 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The F-Type 2.0-liter’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (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 S5 (18.5 vs. 15.3 gallons).

Transmission

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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 S5 doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the F-Type’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the S5:

F-Type

F-Type R-Dynamic

F-Type R

F-Type opt.

S5

Front Rotors

14 inches

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

13 inches

The F-Type offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The S5 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The F-Type stops much shorter than the S5:

F-Type

S5

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

150 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction and acceleration, the F-Type has larger standard rear tires than the S5 (275/40R18 vs. 245/40R18). The F-Type R’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the S5 (305/30R20 vs. 265/30R20).

Suspension and Handling

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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 S5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .3 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S5.

The F-Type’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54.5% to 45.5%) than the S5’s (56.7% to 43.3%). This gives the F-Type more stable handling and braking.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the S5 Prestige Coupe pulls only .94 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the S5’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.7 feet). The F-Type AWD’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the S5’s (37 feet vs. 37.7 feet).

Chassis

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Audi S5.

The F-Type is 8.9 inches shorter than the S5, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The F-Type Coupe has 1.7 inches more front legroom and 1.2 inches more front shoulder room than the S5 Coupe.

Cargo Capacity

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The F-Type Coupe has a much larger trunk than the S5 Coupe (14.4 vs. 10.9 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 S5 doesn’t offer a power trunk.

Ergonomics

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

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the S5, 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 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 S5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

Model Availability

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The F-Type is available in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The S5 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The S5 has never been an “All Star.”

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