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.
Petrol buyers get one of two options, starting with this 247bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder unit. It’s relatively smooth and quiet, and offers decent straight-line pace (0-62mph is done in 6.7sec) but you will have to rev it hard when overtaking. Don’t expect much more than 30mpg at best, though.