Inside, the Sportbrake is typical XF, with its signature peek-a-boo revolving air vents, retractable rotary gear selector and fancy phosphor blue ambient lighting. Small touches, such as an optional gesture-control-operated blind for the panoramic roof, add some opulence to the interior, but perceived quality is still disappointingly far behind that of Audi and BMW.
Jaguar’s Touch Pro infotainment system comes with a high-resolution, 10.0in screen as standard, along with Bluetooth and a DAB radio. It’s a vast improvement over Jaguar's systems of old, but still isn’t as responsive or as easy to use as BMW’s class-leading iDrive infotainment, nor quite up to the standards of Mercedes’ Comand or Audi’s MMI.
It’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel of the XF Sportbrake. The pedals line up neatly with the driver's seat, while the R-Sport model's sports seats are particularly comfortable and hold you well through corners. As standard, both the entry-level Prestige and R-Sport trims come with an eight-way, manually adjustable driver’s seat. This doesn't feature variable lumbar support, although its reclining function is electrically operated. Meanwhile, the two top trims (Portfolio and S) get you a 10-way, fully electrically adjustable driver’s seat that includes lumbar adjustment as standard.
Seeing out of the front of the XF is fine: its thin windscreen pillars mean very little is obscured at junctions. That said, look over your shoulder while reversing and you’ll find the steeply raked rear pillars and rear screen make seeing obstacles trickier than it would be in, for example, the E-Class Estate or 5 Series Touring.
Thankfully, all XF Sportbrakes come with rear parking sensors, and the entry-level Prestige is alone in not having front parking sensors as well; you can add these as a reasonably priced option, though. Portfolio and S models add a rear-view camera for added assistance.
At night, the standard xenon headlights prove effective, while to upgrade to even brighter LED headlights isn’t drastically expensive and adds automatic main beams.