Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2017 Audi R8 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2017 Audi R8

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 R8 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The F-Type has standard InControl, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The R8 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F-Type and the R8 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, daytime running lights, available blind spot warning systems and rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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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 R8’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 R8.

Reliability Comparison

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The R8’s redline is at 8700 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 third among midsize premium sporty cars in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The R8 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 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 third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 22 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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The F-Type R’s 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 413) than the R8 V10 Plus Coupe’s optional 5.2 DOHC V10.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the F-Type gets better fuel mileage than the R8:

F-Type

R8

RWD

Base/Manual

16 city/24 hwy

n/a

S/Manual

15 city/24 hwy

n/a

Base/Auto

19 city/28 hwy

n/a

S/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

AWD

S/Auto

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

R/Auto

15 city/23 hwy

14 city/22 hwy

V10/Auto

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 R8 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the F-Type S/R’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the R8:

F-Type S/R

R8

R8

Front Rotors

15.7 inches

14.4 inches

15 inches

Rear Rotors

15 inches

14 inches

14 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the F-Type has larger front standard tires than the R8 (245/45R18 vs. 235/35R19). The F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the R8 (275/40R19 vs. 245/30R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 R8 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the R8.

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the R8’s (35 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The F-Type Coupé has a much larger trunk than the R8 Coupe (11.7 vs. 8 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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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 R8 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The F-Type has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The R8 doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the F-Type offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The R8 doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 R8 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The F-Type’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The R8 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Recommendations Comparison

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The F-Type was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2014. The R8 has never been an “All Star.”

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