As with the saloon, interior space is one of the XF Sportbrake’s strongest assets. Up front, two tall adults are able to stretch out, thanks to a copious amount of leg and head room – even if it is slightly less cavernous than the BMW 5 Series Touring.
In the rear, both head and leg room are good enough for 6ft adults to sit behind similar-sized folk, even with the optional panoramic roof fitted. If you want even more space, the Volvo V90 is more capacious, but the XF Sportbrake offers a touch more knee room and foot space under the front seats than the 5 Series Touring.
In terms of boot space, the XF Sportbrake loses out to the class-leading Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate by quite some margin. It is also smaller than the 5 Series Touring but larger than both the V90 and Audi A6 Avant. The XF’s rear seats have also been re-engineered for the Sportbrake in order to allow for a flat load bay when they are folded. The result is a long, well-shaped boot that Jaguar claims can take a decent-sized fridge-freezer.
Unlike the saloon, the XF Sportbrake’s rear seats come as standard with a 40/20/40 split and the rear audio speakers have been moved from the parcel shelf (where they’re located in the saloon) to the rooflining to further increase load space.