Jaguar XF Sportbrake (2012 – 2015) Review

Jaguar XF Sportbrake (2012 – 2015) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake has all the appeal of the saloon, but with the added bonus of a usefully large load bay. It’s a great-looking car that is genuinely enjoyable to drive.

+Stylish design. Self-levelling rear suspension is standard. Excellent to drive.

-2.2 diesel doesn’t have the performance you’d expect. Safety kit could be more generous. Some rivals have greater load capacity.

Insurance Groups are between 33–50
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

It’s a testament to the designers that the Jaguar XF Sportbrake looked even sleeker than the saloon model. The estate was a big hit from the get-go, helped by a good range of engines and large load area that put it right into contention with the Audi A6 Avant, and its German rival, the BMW 5 Series Touring, as well as the likes of the Volvo V70. Read on for our full Jaguar XF Sportbrake review.

You can forgive Jaguar for the rather elaborate Sportbrake name, as it evokes just the right image for a wagon from the firm.

It’s certainly a good looking car, with a low and aerodynamic shape, while the rear itself is one of the neatest around.

It has a great stance and is more than simply a Jaguar XF saloon with an extra bit grafted on the back. In fact you could argue that it’s better looking than the saloon.

The updated look, introduced when the model was facelifted early in mid-2011, means the Jaguar XF Sportbrake has plenty of road presence.

Inside, it shares the same high quality and boutique-inspired interior as the saloon, with plenty of intriguing touches, such as the metal gear selector dial that rises out of the dash, and the air vents that rotate open when you start the car.

Even firing up the engine is memorable, thanks to 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 items to be neatly wedged.

There were no petrol engines in the Jagur XF Sportbrake range. Instead, it got the 2.2-litre diesel with either 163PS or 200PS, plus the impressive 3.0-litre V6 diesel.

Launching an estate was an obvious move for Jaguar, given the popularity of cars like the Audi A6 Avant and Mercedes E-Class Estate.

The brand managed to create a sleek and stylish car that’s still practical, comfortable, and good to drive now as a used buy.

The only letdown is the 2.2-litre diesel engine, which doesn’t quite deliver what it promises on paper.

Fancy a new Jaguar XF Sportbrake? Read our Jaguar XF Sportbrake review here.

Ask Honest John

What's the cheapest way to source a spare wheel?

"My Jaguar XF doesn't have a spare wheel. I would like to buy a 'get you home spare wheel' and jack to go with it. I'm having problems finding one at the right price. Any suggestions, please?"
It's quite expensive - as you have found - to get a space saver from Jaguar. But you could try an online auction site and find a used one. The other option, which will probably cost the least, is to speak to some breakers and get the space saver from a scrapped XF. Speak to a few and you'll be able to negotiate a discount without too much trouble.
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Jaguar XF Sportbrake - which all weather tyres are best?

"Can you advise the best tyres for a Jaguar XF Sportbrake? Its original Pirellis 235/55r17 are almost worn out. I normally do 15-20k miles and change to winter wheels tyres when the temperature drops below 5 C."
Michelin doesn't do 235/55 R17 Cross Climates and they aren't on the 2016 list. Nokian does do Weatherproofs in 235/55 R17 103 V XL. Should be good, but I haven't driven them.
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How can I improve my XF Sportbrake's bumpy ride?

"I have never been happy with the bumpy ride in my Jaguar XF Sportbrake and now I need to replace all four tyres. Please could you recommend the best tyres to give a softer ride? "
The answer might be to change the wheels as well as the tyres. If the car is on 19 or 20-inch wheels, the tyres will be very low profile and that leaves little cushioning effect between the wheel rims and the road. Switching to 17 or 18=inch wheels with deeper profile tyres will help.
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Should I keep or ditch my Skoda Superb Estate?

"I currently drive a Skoda Superb Estate.The lease runs out in April and I am looking to replace it. I need the large estate for my business and fancied the Jaguar XF Sportbrake but note that there is some criticism about the 2.2 engine and suspect the 3.0 might blow my budget. Should I stick with the Skoda or could you recommend an alternative?"
New Superb on the way, so don't go for the old model unless it comes very cheap. The 2.2 Jag engine is a Ford engine used in lots of things, including Evoques and Freelanders. Belt cam, but not your problem if leasing. The Superb is also belt cam. Maybe better to check out a new Mondeo. Or, better still, a Mazda 6.
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