New Jaguar F-Pace vs Audi Q5: verdict

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 vs Audi Q5 2021 rears

Our verdict

The Jaguar F-Pace is now the best it’s ever been, thanks in particular to the huge improvements that have been made to its interior finish and infotainment. It feels absolutely up to date in every respect, and the D200 in particular is now a great buy. It’s easy to see why you’d go for the F-Pace despite the strength of the competition, especially with compelling finance deals.

However, it isn’t quite strong enough to take the win here. After all, the Audi Q5 remains more refined and comfortable, with even better quality throughout its interior. Plus, if you add those optional sliding rear seats, it’s more practical. Overall, the gap between these two is smaller than ever, but the Q5 is still the one to beat.

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1st  Audi Q5

Audi Q5 2021 front

For Smooth, refined engine; great to drive; big boot and optional sliding seats
Against Higher finance costs; optional equipment packs quickly up the price
Recommended options Comfort and Sound Pack (£1395), metallic paint (£695), rear bench seat plus (£350)

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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2nd  Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar F-Pace 2021 front

For Sweeter steering; smart interior; sophisticated, user-friendly infotainment
Against Clunky gearbox; engine is noisy when revved; less settled ride
Recommended options Meridian sound system (£840), metallic paint (£740), keyless entry (£555)

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Jaguar F-Pace D200 R-Dynamic S

Jaguar F-Pace 2021 dimensions

Engine 4cyl, 1997cc, diesel
Peak power 201bhp at 4250rpm
Peak torque 317 lb ft at 1750rpm
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
0-60mph 8.1sec
30-70mph 8.0sec
Top speed 130mph
30-0mph 8.6m
70-0mph 45.4m
Noise at 30mph 62.8dB
Noise at 70mph 68.2dB
Kerb weight 1951kg
Tyre size (std) 255/55 R19
Test economy 37.0mpg
Official economy 44.6mpg
Fuel tank 60 litres
CO2 emissions 166g/km

Specifications: Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro S line

Audi Q5 2021 dimensions

Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel
Peak power 201bhp at 3800rpm
Peak torque 295 lb ft at 1750rpm
Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
0-60mph 8.0sec
30-70mph 8.1sec
Top speed 130mph
30-0mph 8.3m
70-0mph 43.8m
Noise at 30mph 60.8dB
Noise at 70mph 66.3dB
Kerb weight 1805kg
Tyre size (std) 235/55 R19
Test economy 37.1mpg
Official economy 43.5mpg
Fuel tank 65 litres
CO2 emissions 171g/km

Test weather conditions Dry

Cars pictured

Jaguar F-Pace D200 R-Dynamic SE with Firenze Red metallic paint (£740), fixed panoramic roof (£1650), black exterior pack (£650), 16-speaker Meridian sound system (£840), privacy glass (£415), wireless phone charger with booster (£300), interior air ionisation (£100), air quality sensor (£60) and lockable, cooled glovebox (£60)

Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro S line S tronic with Ultra Blue metallic paint (£695), Comfort and Sound Pack (£1395), folding towbar (£765), rear bench seat plus (£350), Audi phone box with wireless charging (£275) and panoramic glass roof (non-standard, and unavailable on S line trim in the UK)

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