Jaguar XF Sportbrake

A stylish estate with lots of boot space and a great driving experience

7/10
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This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
  • Handsome design
  • Great to drive
  • Lots of boot space
  • Rivals’ interiors are better
  • 2.0-litre diesel is noisy
  • Infotainment not as good as alternatives’

£36,545 - £59,925 Price range

5 Seats

37 - 55 MPG

Review

The new Jaguar XF Sportbrake is the estate version of Jaguar’s premium XF saloon. The styling might not have changed too drastically, but this new version is more spacious and upmarket. If you want an interesting alternative to the usual Mercedes E-Class Estate, BMW 5 Series Touring or Audi A6 Avant then the Sportbrake ticks many boxes.

One of the Sportbrake’s best attributes is its spacious interior – there’s plenty of room for tall adults to sit in the back and enough headroom even with the optional panoramic sunroof fitted. That said, the interior doesn’t feel quite as premium as the BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class Estate, and even the optional upgraded infotainment system isn’t up to the same standard.

It does have a large boot though – the 565-litre space is bigger than the saloon’s with the seats up, and matches the BMW 5 Series Touring for boot space with the seats down. Those rear seats have also been redesigned so you get a flat boot floor and a much more practical space when you do fold them flat. Jaguar says that with the seats down, it’ll comfortably carry a large fridge freezer… should you need to.

Parking sensors and sat nav are equipped as standard – even on the entry-level Prestige model – as is a raft of driver assistance and safety technology. Some of the other gadgetry on offer includes an eight-inch touch screen, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a gesture-controlled blind over the sunroof. You’ll want to ditch the eight-inch infotainment screen and upgrade to a 10.2-inch screen – while neither are up to the standard of what you’ll find in any of its rivals, the standard smaller screen is slow to respond and has relatively dull graphics.

Concentrate on the technology that links the wheels to the steering wheel, however, and you’ll find the XF Sportbrake is one of the best-driving estate cars on sale. It’s comfy too – unlike the XF saloon, the Sportbrake gets self-levelling air suspension on the rear, which comes in handy to offset heavier loads and improves comfort over bumps.

In terms of engines, your best bet is the 2.0-litre diesel engine with 180hp. It’s quick enough, and far more economical than the 250hp petrol option. If you plan to plan to tow a trailer then it’s worth considering the 3.0-litre, 300hp V6 diesel – it can pull two tonnes, which is actually 400kg more than the Jaguar F-Pace SUV.

Whichever you pick, the XF Sportbrake is a stylish estate with a huge boot, and it’s well worth considering.

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