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.
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.
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.
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…
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…