Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake is a very competitive luxury estate. If sharp handling is your top priority it’s without doubt one of the most enjoyable cars in its class to drive, and also provides a smooth ride, decent levels of standard equipment and a range of competent engines. The engines aren’t that efficient, though, so fuel economy and CO2 emissions aren’t as good as competitors, such as the BMW 5 Series Touring, which will cost both private and business users alike. Interior fit and finish isn’t a match for Audi’s, Mercedes’ or BMW’s and, perhaps most importantly of all for an estate car, the XF Sportbrake’s boot is smaller than its rivals, too.read the full model review
Upgrades from Prestige spec include 18in alloy wheels (except the 2.0d 163), finer-grade Windsor leather seat trim, a digital instrument panel, keyless entry, a heated windscreen, front parking sensors, a rear-view camera, power-folding door mirrors, figured ebony walnut interior trim, 10-way electrically adjustable front seats (including lumbar adjustment) and a powered tailgate.
This engine is powerful and quick but, like the other 2.0-litre diesels, it’s hampered by clattery engine noise and a sluggish eight-speed gearbox. It’s only available with all-wheel drive, so there’s plenty of grip, but CO2 emissions are high compared with rivals and fuel economy isn’t impressive either.