Jaguar XF Sportbrake

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Words ByJohn McIlroy

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Congratulations to Jaguar, who proved at Geneva that its possible to design a really appealing, exciting-looking estate, while retaining enough practicality to take on rivals from Germany.

Were not about to say that the Jaguar XF Sportbrake has the space to embarrass the Mercedes E-Class Estate because, frankly, nothing this side of Wembley Arena does. Nonetheless Jags engineers have come up with a good-looking package whose load capacity is a match for those of the Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series Touring.

The XF Sportbrake will be offered with 2.2- and 3.0-litre diesel engines when sales start in October. It gets self-levelling suspension as standard, and the rear seats fold flat (and easily, thanks to a remote handle system).

Its just a pity that its taken Jaguar such a long time to give the car the green light. We cant wait to try this one on the road.

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