Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Audi A4 VS 2017 Jaguar XE Near Greenville, NC

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2017 Audi A4

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2017 Audi A4

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2017 Jaguar XE

Safety Comparison

The A4’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The XE doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi A4 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Jaguar XE doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The A4 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The XE doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the A4 and the XE have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the A4 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XE has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

The A4’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the XE’s (12 vs. 6 years).

There are over 77 percent more Audi dealers than there are Jaguar dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the A4’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Audi A4’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the XE’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Jaguar vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Audi 14th in initial quality. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The A4’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (252 vs. 240) and 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (273 vs. 251) than the XE 25t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the A4’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the XE:

 

A4

XE

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

11.8 inches

The A4’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the XE are solid, not vented.

The A4 stops much shorter than the XE:

 

A4

XE

 

60 to 0 MPH

105 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the A4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XE (245/40R18 vs. 235/35R20).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The A4 Premium Plus Quattro handles at .92 G’s, while the XE AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The A4 Premium Plus Quattro executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the XE AWD (25.3 seconds @ .74 average G’s vs. 27.2 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Audi A4 amounts to more than styling. The A4 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the XE (.28 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A4 get better fuel mileage.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the A4 Prestige Quattro is quieter than the XE:

 

A4

XE

Full-Throttle

70 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

63 dB

68 dB

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the A4’s trunk can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The XE doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The A4 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The XE doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A4 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. Heated windshield washer nozzles cost extra on the XE.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A4 has standard extendable sun visors. The XE doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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