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Jaguar XF Sportbrake (2012–2015)

Last updated 26 June 2018

Good looking estate version of the XF. Gets self-levelling rear suspension as standard. As good to drive as the saloon. Usefully wide and square boot area.
2.2-litre diesel has to be worked hard and doesn't have the performance you'd expect.
Updated 26 June 2018

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Introduction

You can forgive Jaguar for the rather elaborate name. What we used to call an estate is now rather more grand thanks to the Sportbrake label. But then this is more than simply an estate version of the XF. The Sportbrake is a key model for Jaguar as it looks to widen its appeal - it's a car that has plenty of impressive alternatives out there, the BMW 5 Series Touring to name just one.

It's certainly a good looking car with a low and aerodynamic shape while the rear itself is one of the neatest estates around. It has a great stance and is more than simply an XF saloon with an extra bit grafted on the back. In fact you could argue that it's better looking than the saloon. The new XF look, introduced when the model was facelifted early last year, means the Sportbrake has plenty of road presence too.

Inside the it shares the same high quality and boutique-inspired interior with plenty of intriguing touches like the metal gear selector dial that rises out of the dash and the air vents that rotate open when you start the car. Even that has a touch of class with a start button that pulses red like a heartbeat.

Practical features include remote fold levers mounted in the boot to lower the rear seats, so you don't need to stretch from the side doors, tailgate-mounted LEDs that illuminate the ground plus a panel set into the boot floor that splits into three sections to allow smaller things to be neatly wedged. There are no petrols in the XF Sportbrake range, instead it gets the 2.2-litre diesel with either 163PS or 200PS plus the impressive 3.0-litre V6 diesel.

Launching an estate version of the XF is an obvious move for Jaguar given the popularity of cars like the Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes E-Class Estate. The brand has managed to create a sleek and stylish estate that's still practical and good to drive. The only let down is the 2.2-litre diesel engine which doesn't quite deliver what it promises on paper. 

Owners' reviews

5
Swift comfortable stylish and practical
5
Fast, composed, practical
4
Good alrounder but some quality control issues headlights and satnav disappointing
2
Could be great, but there are too many niggles.
5
Highly satisfying, quick and luxurious load carrier, with looks to match
4
Great-looking estate, a joy to drive, but disappointing SatNav.
 

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