With the F-Pace becoming officially the fastest-selling model in Jaguar’s 90-plus-year history, it was inevitable that the British brand's relentless product expansion would focus primarily on SUVs, from the smaller E-Pace to the sci-fi-tastic electric I-Pace.
But just when the traditionalists could be excused for thinking that Jaguar, famed for its iconic and timeless designs, had sold its soul for a ticket on the lucrative SUV gravy train, along came the latest Jaguar XF Sportbrake. For lovers of plain English, 'Sportbrake' translates to 'estate', thus pitching the XF against the BMW 5 Series Touring, Mercedes E Class Estate and Volvo V90. In short, some of the biggest of poshest estate cars that money can buy.
It’s a handsome package, and the XF (both estate and saloon versions) have always been a cut above most rivals for cornering ability, if not quite a match for interior quality. The Sportbrake received a mild makeover in 2019, including updates to Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainment system and safety and comfort improvements across the range.
But are those changes enough to ensure its success against the competition? Read on over the next few pages to find out, and if you decide you want to buy a Jaguar XF Sportbrake, or indeed any other new car, be sure to click here to check out how much you could save on the brochure price.
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