Interior space is one of the XF’s strongest assets, and in the front, two tall adults will feel anything but hemmed in. There’s slightly more leg room than in an Audi A7 Sportback or BMW 5 Series, even if there isn’t quite as much shoulder room. That said, there’s no danger of two adults rubbing shoulders.
Beneath the central armrest is a cubby big enough to accept a wallet and a smartphone. The front door pockets will struggle to accept a large water bottle, though, because they are rather shallow.
The XF’s glovebox is a better size, with room for more than just the owner's manual.
Jaguar XF rear space
Two six-footers will find their knees well clear of the front seatbacks and won't have to put up with their heads brushing the roof lining. In fact, leg room is actually better than in the rival 5 Series.
However, three adults side-by-side won’t have quite as much shoulder room as they would in a 5 Series or even an Audi A6. The base of the middle rear seat is also raised, making it uncomfortable to sit on, and there’s very little room for the middle person’s feet, either. Then again, the same goes for most of the XF's rivals.
Each front seatback has a pocket and there's one in each rear door, too, although the the latter is quite narrow,
Jaguar XF seating flexibility
The two entry-level trims (Prestige and R Sport) come with an eight-way manually adjustable front passenger seat with an electrically adjustable backrest. Meanwhile, the top two trims (Portfolio and S) have a standard 10-way fully electrically adjustable front passenger seat.
The rear seats are fixed in position on the bottom two trims, but can be made to split and fold in a 40/20/40 configuration for an extra fee. BMW charges a similar amount for such a feature. However, the XF’s top two trims include split-folding seats as standard and, once folded down, the rear seat backrests lie almost flat.
Jaguar XF boot space
The XF has a very similar amount of outright boot space as its key rivals, the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series. However, access is less impressive because, even by saloon standards, the XF's boot aperture is small, making it tricky to load broad items.
The boot also narrows dramatically towards the rear seats. This means, when lowering the rear seat backs, you’re left with a narrower tunnel to squeeze items through than in the A6 or 5 Series.
A powered bootlid is available as an option, but we'd save the money.