Lots of headroom and knee room in the back of the XF, but small foot wells means carrying three people is a bit of a squeeze. Luckily, the size of the boot opening is pretty large
While the new XF is 7mm shorter than the old model, its wheelbase – the space between the front and rear wheels – has increased by 51mm. That’s allowed Jaguar to deal with one of the old model’s biggest downfalls – its limited rear legroom. In fact, space for backseat passengers’ legs has increased by 15mm, kneeroom is up by 24mm and headroom swells by 27mm. Whisk two tall colleagues to an out-of-town meeting and you’re unlikely to hear any complaints from the back.
Things will be good for you and your front-seat passenger, too. There’s loads of space and the seats are supportive, without needlessly clamping your body in a way that becomes uncomfortable over long distances. It’s the perfect car if you spend thousands of miles on the motorway. If only the heater did a better job of warming your feet on cold autumnal mornings…
The practical theme continues when you look at cubby spaces – while not the largest in class, all the XF’s doorbins can swallow a two-litre bottle of water, you get four cupholders, the glovebox is pretty big and there are various other cubbies for smaller things such as your phone and wallet.
There’s enough space for your dog in the boot, although that might be a tad cruel…
It’s a practical machine when it comes to carrying larger items, too. The boot has a decent opening – although one that’s smaller than a Volvo S90’s – and doesn’t suffer from too high a load lip. Jaguar has kitted the load bay out with a variety of features – you get two curry hooks, four tether points for your luggage and an electrically operated boot lid.
The boot’s 540-litre capacity matches the Mercedes E-Class and is more than you get in a BMW 5 Series. There’s room for two large suitcases, with a smaller one on top, and with the rear seats folded down, it is possible to fit a bike in with both its wheels on.