Inside, the Sportbrake is typical XF, with its peak-a-boo revolving air vents, retractable rotary gear selector and 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, as with the saloon, perceived quality is still disappointingly far behind that of Audi and BMW.
An 8.0in touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth and satellite navigation come as standard, as does a multi-function steering wheel. However, we would advise you to upgrade to the optional 10.2in InControl Touch Pro system. The standard unit is slow to respond and the graphics are dull, although even the upgraded system isn’t as high-resolution nor as easy to use as BMW’s iDrive or Audi’s MMI systems.
It’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel. The pedals line up neatly with the driver's seat, and if you go for the R-Sport model the sports seats are particularly comfortable, although the absence of adjustable lumbar support is disappointing.
The two entry-level trims (Prestige and R-Sport) come with an eight-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, although the seatback is electrically operated. Meanwhile, the two top trims (Portfolio and S) have a 10-way, fully electrically adjustable driver’s seat, with adjustable lumbar support as standard.