Jaguar XF Sportbrake (12 on) - Review

Review by Kieren Puffett on
Last Updated: 12 Mar 2013
4
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake has been a long time in coming to production but purely from looking at the design the 4 year wait has been well worth it. The XF is the most popular model range in Jaguar’s range and this estate derivative will further enhance its standing.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake (12 on)
One of the best looking cars in the class, well kitted-out even in entry-level trim, fun to drive
197bhp 2.2-litre diesel is not as refined as some rivals, boot is smaller than majority of competition

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake has been a long time in coming to production but purely from looking at the design the 4 year wait has been well worth it. The XF is the most popular model range in Jaguar’s range and this estate derivative will further enhance its standing.

The Sportbrake is the first ever estate version of the British company’s popular saloon, and only the second ever estate Jaguar has made (it usually makes executive saloons ). The aim is to offer a more useful car to executives who find the XF saloon is too impractical for family life. Sportbrake is the name Jaguar has given its XF estate, although its first ever estate was simply called the X-Type Estate.

A pair of diesel engines

The Sportbrake will be offered with two diesel engines and both with two outputs so consumers could choose between four potential set-ups. The most popular diesel is likely to be the 2.2-litre that comes with the choice of two power outputs: 161bhp and 197bhp. The 161bhp version on the standard 17-inch wheels emits 135g/km, while on bigger wheels the emissions creep up to 139g/km CO2 - though that does not affect either its BIK or road tax banding and average fuel consumption is a claimed 55.4mpg.

The 197bhp version has the same emissions and fuel consumption figures as the 161bhp version but beats it for the 0-60mph sprint clocking 8.2 seconds compared to 10 seconds dead. The other engine is a 3.0-litre V6 diesel with choice of either 237bhp or 271bhp, and both emit 163g/km and both have a claimed average fuel consumption of 46mpg.

Luxury Interior

As with the XF saloon the estate version comes in six trim levels: SE Business, Luxury, Sport, Premium Luxury, Portfolio and the S versions of Luxury, Premium Luxury and Portfolio.

All versions come with a premium interior including leather, wood veneers and stainless steel trim. Jaguar offers almost 100 different ways to create a bespoke interior so there are plenty of choices.

Also included is the trademark Jaguar DriveSelector, that rises out of the central divide between driver and front passenger when the ignition is switched on and enables the driver to select gears at a twist of the dial. There is also an electric parking brake, push button start and multi-function leather steering wheel.

The boot is particularly big with 1,675 litres of load space and comes with a power tailgate. The rear seats are spilt 60/40 and there are remote releases to fold them fully flat located in the boot. To further enhance the XF Sportbrake there are several optional styling packs available including Black, Mirror and Sports Interior packs, as well as a comfort pack that includes heated front seats.

So how will the XF Sportbrake fare? To find out about how the car drives, read on for the full Jaguar XF Sportbrake review.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying new

4 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

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