New Jaguar XF Sportbrake vs BMW 5 Series Touring

Both of these new estates are sporty, practical, fitted with a diesel engine and four-wheel drive, and cost around £41k. But which is better?...

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What Car? team
24 March 2017

Our verdict

The XF Sportbrake puts up a valiant fight and offers the brilliant handling that we’ve become accustomed to in the XF saloon. However, Jaguar’s clattery diesel engine really lets the car down and, in the end, the smoother, more polished 5 Series has the edge in this and almost every other key department. It offers a superior ride, greater practicality and it’s cheaper than the XF, no matter what your circumstances are.

Yes, the XF is faster and sportier, but the 5 Series is still a fine driver’s car and a much more peaceful cruising companion. It’s a brilliant estate and, in this four-wheel drive form, it’ll cope with whatever weather Bavaria (or the Midlands) can throw at it.

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1st – BMW 5 Series Touring

New Jaguar XF Sportbrake vs BMW 5 Series Touring

For High-quality interior; comfortable ride; more practical boot; better infotainment

Against You’ll want to add a few options

Rated 5 out of 5

Read our full BMW 5 Series Touring review

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2nd – Jaguar XF Sportbrake

New Jaguar XF Sportbrake vs BMW 5 Series Touring

For Sharper handling; stronger acceleration; more rear leg room

Against Noisy engine; fiddly infotainment system; higher running costs

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Jaguar XF Sportbrake review

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Specifications: BMW 5 Series Touring 520d xDrive M Sport

Engine 4cyl, 1995cc, diesel

List price £44,075

Target Price £41,058

Power 187bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 295lb ft @ 1750rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 8.3sec

Top speed 137mph

Gov't fuel economy 54.3mpg

CO2 emissions 137g/km

Specifications: Jaguar XF Sportbrake 25d AWD R-Sport

Engine size 4cyl, 1999cc, diesel

List price £44,600

Target Price £41,335

Power 237bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 369lb ft @ 1500rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 7.5sec

Top speed 150mph

Gov't fuel economy 48.7mpg

CO2 emissions 153g/km


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