BMW 5 Series Touring vs Jaguar XF Sportbrake

Both of these luxurious new estates are sporty, practical and fitted with four-wheel drive. And both cost about £42,000. But which is better?...

New Jaguar XF Sportbrake vs BMW 5 Series Touring

Infotainment systems

BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW’s iDrive remains the pinnacle of in-car infotainment systems. It’s easy to operate, nice to look at, packed with features and displayed on a clear 10.3in screen. However, you have to pay £235 extra for Apple CarPlay – something we’d recommend doing. Gesture control (which allows you to operate certain functions by waving your fingers in the air) costs £160, but it’s more of a party trick than something genuinely useful.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake

New Jaguar XF Sportbrake vs BMW 5 Series Touring

Jaguar’s InControl infotainment system feels at least a generation behind iDrive. Its menus aren’t as intuitive and the touchscreen can be disappointingly sluggish to respond. Plus, an 8.0in screen is standard; you have to fork out £1780 for the (pictured) 10.2in version, and even that isn’t nearly as slick as the 5 Series’ system. You can’t get Apple CarPlay, but you can download a Jaguar app to your phone to gain some control via the car’s touchscreen.

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