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For The Sportbrake is a little firm at low speeds but get it going quicker and it simply sings along. The cabin is trimmed with leather and this standard spec includes sat-nav and a powered tailgate.

Against The 197bhp 2.2-litre engine isn’t as smooth or as efficient as German rivals. Equally, top gear is so high that the gearbox frequently downshifts unnecessarily on the motorway.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

It retains all of the XF’s dynamic brilliance and this entry-level car comes with plenty of kit, but the 2.2-litre engine is not the smoothest or the cleanest.

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Key facts

8.2 secs
Top speed
140 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
831 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is an interesting mix of strengths and weaknesses, meaning it’ll suit some people down to the ground, but for others, it’ll be rather disappointing.

If you’re after a proper estate car that can swallow huge loads on a regular basis, you’ll fall into the latter category. The shallow boot can’t match those of rival wagons for space or versatility.

If, however, you’re after a ‘lifestyle’ estate, the Jag could well fit the bill. It’s great fun to drive and the cabin has all the drama of the saloon’s. It still can’t match its main rivals on quality or running costs, though.

Reader test team says:

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.2D 163 Luxury 5dr

Six months and 6,000 miles in my XF Sportbrake and so far I am a very satisfied customer. An overall average of 43 mpg with a best to date of 57mpg. …

David Palmer

5 out of 5 stars

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.2D 163 SE 5dr

Took delivery of a 2.2 (200 bhp) luxury model with upgraded seats (12/12 way with memory which incl lumbar support) and 18" rims. First impressions…

Egbert Klein Nagelvoort

4 out of 5 stars

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.2D 200 Sport 5dr

Has the same features as the 3.0 Diesel S Luxury trim but with the more economical 2.2 engine. Only niggle so far is the lack of lumbar support…

David Holt

5 out of 5 stars

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.2D 200 Luxury 5dr

I picked up this car on 18/03/13 and returned it just 5 weeks later! The reason, the drivers seat! I drove the car down the M74 / M6 and after 3…

Neil Davies

3 out of 5 stars
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