MPG

A3

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/35 hwy

F-Type

RWD

2.0 Turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

3.0 Supercharger V6

20 city/29 hwy

S 3.0 Supercharger V6

19 city/27 hwy

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Audi A3 Cabriolet higher (7 out of 10) than the Jaguar F-Type (3 to 7). This means the A3 Cabriolet produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the F-Type every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The A3 Cabriolet offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The F-Type doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Chassis

The design of the Audi A3 Cabriolet amounts to more than styling. The A3 Cabriolet has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .31 Cd. That is significantly lower than the F-Type (.35 to .36) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the A3 Cabriolet get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

The A3 Cabriolet has standard seating for 4 passengers; the F-Type can only carry 2.

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Audi service is better than Jaguar. J.D. Power ranks Audi 8th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 32% lower rating, Jaguar is ranked 20th.

Ergonomics

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the A3 Cabriolet to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The F-Type doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the A3 Cabriolet has standard extendable sun visors. The F-Type doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The A3 Cabriolet’s sun-visors swivel front-to-side to block glare from the side windows. The F-Type’s visors are fixed into the windshield header.

The A3 Cabriolet has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the F-Type.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the A3 Cabriolet Prestige has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The F-Type doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

With optional voice command, the A3 Cabriolet offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The F-Type doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports? recommends the Audi A3 Cabriolet, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the A3 Cabriolet first among small premium cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The F-Type isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Audi A3/S3 outsold the Jaguar F-Type by over 8 to one during 2018.

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