Jaguar XF Sportbrake review

Category: Estate car

Section: Interior

Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 dashboard
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  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 dashboard
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 rear seats
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 infotainment
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  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 front seats
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 interior controls
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 boot open
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 front cornering
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 rear cornering
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 dashboard
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 rear seats
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 infotainment
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 right tracking
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 right tracking
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 left tracking
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 right tracking
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 badge
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 front seats
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 interior controls
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2021 boot open
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

It’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Even entry-level R-Dynamic S-grade models get heated 12-way, electrically adjustable front seats (with adjustable lumbar support).

Stepping-up to an SE or R-Dynamic HSE trim gets you 16-way electric seats with a memory function, which lets you save your preferred seat settings and recall them at the touch of a button. 

One area of the XF Sportbrake’s interior that looks particularly impressive is the Pivi Pro infotainment system. Its convex display helps it to blend into the dashboard neatly. It’s not just there to look pretty, though. It comes packed with loads of functionality, including live sat-nav, cellular internet, over-the-air updates and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. 

In terms of useability, it's one of the best touchscreen systems in the class, thanks to its straightforward layout – there’s a fixed line of conveniently placed digital shortcut buttons placed close to the driver and a handily configurable home screen. However, like all touchscreen-based systems, it’s more distracting to use on the move than the iDrive system in the 5-Series Touring, which can be controlled using a physical rotary controller.

R-Dynamic S-grade Sportbrakes get clear analogue dials as standard, but if you go for an SE model or above (or tick an option box) for Jaguar’s Interactive Driver Display, they are replaced by digital dials on a 12.3in screen. These put a wealth of useful information just below your sightline and make the optional head-up display a worthwhile extra rather than an absolute must.

The rest of the dashboard is well laid out and easy to get the hang of, with physical buttons for the climate control and media volume. That’s not the case with the Audi A6 Avant, which uses a touchscreen for the climate controls. While that looks great, it's distracting to use while driving.

The standard 180W sound system is perfectly acceptable, but music lovers can pick from two upgrade options: a 400W Meridian Sound System with 12 speakers (standard on R-Dynamic HSE models) or a more powerful version of the same system with a 600W and 16 speakers. So far we’ve only sampled the former and it is utterly fantastic, with weighty bass notes balanced by crisp, precisely drawn highs.

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