Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2015 Audi RS Near Phoenix, AZ

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2015 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2015 Audi RS

Safety Comparison

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To help make backing safer, the F-Type’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

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The RS 5’s redline is at 8400 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The F-Type has a 6600 to 6800 RPM redline.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Type second among midsize premium sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The RS 5 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar second in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Jaguar vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Jaguar 13th in reliability. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 19th.

Engine Comparison

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The F-Type’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 317) than the RS 5’s 4.2 DOHC V8. The F-Type S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (339 vs. 317) than the RS 5’s 4.2 DOHC V8. The F-Type V-8 S Convertible’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 45 more horsepower (495 vs. 450) and 143 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 317) than the RS 5’s 4.2 DOHC V8. The F-Type R Coupé’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 100 more horsepower (550 vs. 450) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 317) than the RS 5’s 4.2 DOHC V8. The F-Type Project 7’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 125 more horsepower (575 vs. 450) and 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 317) than the RS 5’s 4.2 DOHC V8.

As tested in Car and Driver the Jaguar F-Type is faster than the Audi RS 5:

F-Type V-8 S

F-Type R

RS 5

Zero to 30 MPH

1.5 sec

n/a

1.6 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.6 sec

3.5 sec

4.4 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.8 sec

n/a

7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.4 sec

8.1 sec

10.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

3.8 sec

3.7 sec

5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.2 sec

n/a

2.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3 sec

n/a

3.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.9 sec

11.8 sec

12.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

120 MPH

122 MPH

111 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the RS 5:

F-Type

RS 5

Base/Auto

20 city/28 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

Coupe

S/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

Cabriolet

V-8 S/Auto

16 city/23 hwy

n/a

R/Auto

16 city/23 hwy

n/a

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 has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the RS 5 (18.5 vs. 16.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the F-Type’s brake rotors are larger than those on the RS 5:

F-Type S

F-Type V-8

F-Type opt.

RS 5

RS 5 opt.

Front Rotors

15 inches

15 inches

15.7 inches

14.4 inches

14.9 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

14.8 inches

15 inches

12.8 inches

12.8 inches

The F-Type stops much shorter than the RS 5:

F-Type

RS 5

70 to 0 MPH

147 feet

158 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

104 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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 offers an optional 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 RS 5, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The F-Type offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The RS 5’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .2 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the track on the RS 5.

The F-Type’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.4% to 47.6%) than the RS 5’s (57.3% to 42.7%). This gives the F-Type more stable handling and braking.

The F-Type R Coupé handles at 1.00 G’s, while the RS 5 Coupe pulls only .96 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-Type R Coupé executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the RS 5 Coupe (24.4 seconds @ .82 average G’s vs. 24.8 seconds @ .8 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the RS 5’s (35.8 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Jaguar F-Type may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 750 pounds less than the Audi RS 5.

The F-Type is 7 inches shorter than the RS 5, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The F-Type Coupé has 1.7 inches more front legroom and 2.2 inches more front shoulder room than the RS 5 Coupe.

The F-Type Convertible has 1.7 inches more front legroom and 2.2 inches more front shoulder room than the RS 5 Cabriolet.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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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.

The Smart Key System optional on the F-Type allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Audi RS 5’s Audi Advanced Key doesn’t unlock the trunk.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F-Type detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The RS 5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the F-Type is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The RS 5’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the F-Type’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The RS 5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the F-Type owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the F-Type will cost $3250 to $4165 less than the RS 5 over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jaguar F-Type will be $5520 to $11611 less than for the Audi RS 5.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the F-Type third among midsize premium sporty cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The RS 5 isn’t in the top three.

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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