With the F-Pace officially becoming the fastest-selling car in Jaguar’s 94-year history, it was inevitable that the company’s relentless product expansion would focus primarily on SUVs. In fact, not a day goes by where there’s not some form of JLR specific news gracing the web, focusing on either the new mid-sized E-Pace or sci-fi tastic i-Pace.
But just when you thought a company famed for its iconic and timeless designs had sold its soul to buy a ticket on the increasingly lucrative SUV gravy train, we get this: the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, or XF estate for lovers of plain English.
The first generation Sportbrake wasn’t all that successful, accounting for only 20% of XFs sold. It also didn’t help that the estate version was something of a European preoccupation, with the Sportbrake failing to find a market in both the US and Asia.
And yet, despite all the odds, here we are, staring at Jaguar’s response to the latest BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes E-Class Estate. It’s a handsome-looking package, which isn’t all that surprising seeing that – unlike the first generation of the XF Sportbrake – an estate variant was part of the design plan from the very beginning. Yet despite the handsome styling, rear load space has actually increased over the previous model.
But are these changes enough to ensure its success? Read on to find out.