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Used test: BMW 5 Series Touring vs Jaguar XF Sportbrake: verdict

If you're after a plush, four-wheel-drive estate car for a bargain price, look no further than a used example of one of these two. But which is the better buy?...

BMW 5 Series Touring vs Jaguar XF

Our Verdict

Pick up either of these two posh estate cars at this age and you’ll certainly be getting a bargain buy.  

The XF Sportbrake puts up a valiant fight and offers the same brilliant handling that we’ve become accustomed to in the XF saloon. It's faster than the 5 Series and sportier, too.

However, in the end, it's a clear victory for the 5 Series. It's smoother, more polished and has the edge in almost every key department. It offers a superior ride, greater practicality and it’s cheaper to run than the XF. It's also a fine driver’s car and a much more peaceful cruising companion.

All in, the 5 Series is a brilliant used estate and, as a bonus, if you find one in four-wheel-drive form as here it’ll cope with whatever weather you 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 find one that's had a few options added when new

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

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Specifications: BMW 5 Series Touring 520d xDrive M Sport

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 187bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 8.3sec
Top speed 137mph
Fuel economy 54.3mpg (official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 137g/km


Specifications: Jaguar XF Sportbrake 25d AWD R-Sport

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 237bhp
Torque 369lb ft
0-60mph 7.5sec
Top speed 150mph
Fuel economy 48.7mpg (official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 153g/km