New Jaguar F-Pace vs Audi Q5: costs

Both of these cars show that large SUVs don't have to be expensive to run. But which is best: the facelifted Jaguar F-Pace or Audi's Q5?...

Jaguar F-Pace 2021 side

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

In these mid-range trim levels, the Jaguar F-Pace is a little cheaper to buy outright. More importantly, it usefully undercuts the Audi Q5 when it comes to monthly PCP finance payments. On a three-year deal with a £5000 deposit and a limit of 10,000 miles per year, it comes in at £539 per month, compared with £599 for the Q5. That’s due to the F-Pace’s combination of a lower list price and stronger predicted resale values.

The F-Pace will cost a little less to service and insure, too. Fuel costs, though, will be on a par between the two; both return a solid 37mpg in varied real-world driving, and you’ll see 40mpg or more from either if you spend most of your time on the motorway.

Audi Q5 2021 side

Company car users would be better off looking at the plug-in hybrid variants of the Q5 and F-Pace; our diesel test cars are much more expensive on benefit-in-kind tax due to their higher official CO2 emissions. The Q5 is the more costly by a smidgen, but not by enough to make much difference if you’re willing to pay circa £550 (for a 40% taxpayer) every month.

Things are close in the equipment stakes, too. The Q5 may miss out on the F-Pace’s full leather upholstery and electric seat adjustment (its seats are half-leather), but it makes amends with adaptive LED headlights (these can automatically shape their beams to avoid dazzling other road users) and three-zone climate control that enables you to control the temperature in the back separately to that in the front. The F-Pace has non-adaptive LED lights and two-zone climate control.

The Q5 requires you to add the £1395 Comfort and Sound Pack if you want keyless entry, although you also gain surround-view parking camera, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, extended interior ambient lighting and a handsfree tailgate that opens when you wave your foot below the bumper. Keyless entry is a £555 option on the F-Pace, while a surround-view parking camera is standard.

Jaguar F-Pace vs Audi Q5 costs

Standard safety equipment on both cars includes automatic city emergency braking, which will apply the brakes at low speeds if the car senses an imminent collision, but adaptive cruise control is available only as part of an expensive pack. The F-Pace displays the prevailing speed limit on the digital part of its instrument panel as standard; you have to pay £500 for the Tour Pack if you want that feature on the Q5, but doing so also gives you traffic jam and lane-keeping assistance.

Euro NCAP awarded both cars a five-star safety rating, but the tests were carried out a few years ago, under less stringent criteria than those for cars introduced this year.

Neither car performed brilliantly in the latest What Car? Reliability Survey. The F-Pace finished seventh and the Q5 eighth in the 15-strong large SUV class.