Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jaguar F-TYPE VS 2017 Audi S5 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Jaguar F-TYPE

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2017 Audi S5

Safety Comparison

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The F-Type offers optional Parking Aid to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The S5 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 S5 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 S5 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 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, daytime running lights and available blind spot warning systems.

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 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 Comparison

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The F-Type’s standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 7 more horsepower (340 vs. 333) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (332 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The F-Type S’ standard 3.0 supercharged V6 produces 47 more horsepower (380 vs. 333) and 14 lbs.-ft. more torque (339 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The F-Type R’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 217 more horsepower (550 vs. 333) and 177 lbs.-ft. more torque (502 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6. The F-Type SVR’s standard 5.0 supercharged V8 produces 242 more horsepower (575 vs. 333) and 191 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 325) than the S5’s 3.0 supercharged V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the F-Type R is faster than the Audi S5 (automatics tested):

 

F-Type

S5

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

5.1 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

13.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

122 MPH

103 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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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 S5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The F-Type’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the S5 (18.5 vs. 16.1 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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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

S5

Front Rotors

14 inches

15.7 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 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

 

80 to 0 MPH

193 feet

204 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

137 feet

167 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

114 feet

Road and Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the F-Type’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the S5 (275/40R19 vs. 265/30R20).

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 S5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F-Type is .1 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S5.

The F-Type R Coupe handles at 1.00 G’s, while the S5 Coupe pulls only .88 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-Type R Convertible handles at .96 G’s, while the S5 Cabriolet pulls only .89 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The F-Type SVR Coupe executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the S5 Coupe (24 seconds @ .87 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .71 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the F-Type’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the S5’s (35 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 400 to 450 pounds less than the Audi S5.

The F-Type is 6.7 inches shorter than the S5, making the F-Type easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The F-Type Coupe has 1.7 inches more front legroom and 2.2 inches more front shoulder room than the S5 Coupe.

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 Coupe offers an optional power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The S5 doesn’t offer a power trunk.

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 S5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory seat and mirrors in the S5, the F-Type offers an optional 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 optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The S5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

On a hot day the F-Type’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the S5 can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 S5 doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the F-Type with available tilt-down mirrors 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 S5’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 S5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Standard InControl Apps for the F-Type 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 S5 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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 $2190 less than the S5 over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

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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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