Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Audi A7 VS 2013 Jaguar XF Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Audi A7

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2013 Jaguar XF

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Audi A7 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jaguar XF doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

Both the A7 and XF have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The A7 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 XF’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 A7. But it costs extra on the XF.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the A7 Prestige helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The XF doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The A7 Prestige’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The XF doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the A7 and the XF have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The A7’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XF’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 74 percent more Audi dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the A7’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the A7 has a standard 190-amp alternator. The XF’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 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 15th in reliability. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 27th.

Engine Comparison

The A7’s 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 70 more horsepower (310 vs. 240) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (325 vs. 251) than the XF’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the A7 gets better fuel mileage than the XF 3.0 4x4 V6 (18 city/28 hwy vs. 16 city/25 hwy).

The A7 has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the XF (19.8 vs. 18.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The A7 stops much shorter than the XF:

A7

XF

70 to 0 MPH

162 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

102 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A7 has larger standard tires than the XF (255/45R18 vs. 235/35R20). The A7’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XF (265/35R20 vs. 255/35R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the A7 is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the XF.

The A7 handles at .96 G’s, while the XF pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A7 goes through Road & Track’s slalom 1.9 MPH faster than the XFR (68 vs. 66.1 MPH).

The A7 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the XF (25.2 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 27.6 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Road & Track while at idle, the interior of the A7 is quieter than the XFR (41 vs. 42 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the A7 is rated a Large car by the EPA, while the XF is rated a Mid-size.

The A7 has .3 inches more front shoulder room and .4 inches more rear legroom than the XF.

Ergonomics Comparison

The A7 Prestige offers an optional heads-up display, which projects speed and navigation instruction readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The XF doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A7 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The XF doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A7 has standard extendable sun visors. The XF doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the A7 and the XF have standard heated front seats. The A7 also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the XF.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the A7 owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the A7 will cost $319 to $511 less than the XF over a five-year period.

The A7 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the A7 will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the XF.

A7

XF

Four Year

40%

32% to 33%

Two Year

58%

49% to 50%

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