Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Jaguar XJ VS 2016 Audi A8 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Jaguar XJ

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2016 Audi A8

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Jaguar XJ 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 Audi A8 doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

To help make backing safer, the XJ’s 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 A8 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The XJ 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 A8 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 XJ and the A8 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty Comparison

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The XJ comes with a full 5-year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The A8’s 4-year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 10,000 miles sooner.

Jaguar pays for scheduled maintenance on the XJ 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 A8.

Reliability Comparison

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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 XJ has more powerful engines than the A8:

Horsepower

Torque

XJ 3.0 supercharged V6

340 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

XJ Supercharged 5.0 supercharged V8

470 HP

424 lbs.-ft.

XJR 5.0 supercharged V8

550 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

A8 L 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6

333 HP

325 lbs.-ft.

A8 4.0T 4.0 turbo V8

450 HP

444 lbs.-ft.

A8 L W12 6.3 DOHC 12 cyl.

500 HP

463 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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Regardless of its engine, the XJ’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Audi only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the A8 3.0T/4.0T/TDI.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The XJ stops much shorter than the A8:

XJ

A8

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction and acceleration, the XJ has larger standard rear tires than the A8 (275/40R19 vs. 255/45R19). The XJR’s rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the A8 (295/30R20 vs. 275/35R21).

The XJ’s standard 275/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the A8’s standard 45 series tires. The XJR’s 295/30R20 rear tires have a lower 30 series profile than the A8 4.0T’s optional 35 series tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the XJL’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the A8 (124.3 inches vs. 122.9 inches).

The XJ Supercharged handles at .87 G’s, while the A8 L 4.0T pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the XJ’s turning circle is 2.7 feet tighter than the A8 L’s (39 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

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The Jaguar XJ may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 650 pounds less than the Audi A8.

The XJ is 5.4 inches shorter than the A8, making the XJ easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The XJ has 2.3 inches more front headroom and .1 inches more front legroom than the A8 L.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The XJ has a larger trunk than the A8 L (15.2 vs. 14.2 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

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If the windows are left down on the XJ the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the A8 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

When the XJ is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The A8’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The XJ has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold Winter days before the car heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the A8.

Optional InControl Apps for the XJ allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The A8 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The XJ RWD’s optional Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The A8 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jaguar XJ will be $143 to $5240 less than for the Audi A8.

Recommendations Comparison

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The XJ was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2011. The A8 hasn’t been picked since 2005.

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