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PROS

  • Striking looks
  • Competitive practicality levels
  • Will likely be great to drive

CONS

  • Just the one petrol engine on offer
  • Cabin lacks the flair of some rivals

Verdict

The Jaguar XF Sportbake is the estate version of the company’s large executive saloon. In the absence of an XE Sportbrake, it’s also the only estate car Jaguar currently makes and offers up a similarly priced practical alternative to the F-Pace SUV.

Rival models from other manufacturers include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate, BMW 5 Series Touring and the Audi A6 Avant – the latter of which is due to be replaced in 2018.

Available to order now and with deliveries taking place from October 2017, the XF Sportbrake will command a small premium over the saloon model.

How big is the XF Sportbrake's boot?

With the rear seats in place luggage capacity is rated at 565 litres; fold them down and this increases to 1,700 litres. Figures like these put the big Jag on a par with its Audi A6 Avant and BMW 5 Series Touring contemporaries, but leave it short of the colossal 640-1,820 litres available in the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Despite the XF Sportbrake being 6mm shorter than the first-generation car, the wheelbase has grown by 51mm – increasing space in the cabin. This means that rear seat head- and legroom is plentiful, as are the levels of light on offer should customers spec the optional 1.6m2 panoramic glass sunroof.

Will there be any unique accessories?

The XF Sportbrake will benefit from a number of optional features or standard equipment not available on the saloon model.

This includes the wearable and waterproof Jaguar Activity Key borrowed from the F-Pace SUV. Should the driver wish to partake in outdoor activities such as swimming or cycling, the primary key fob can be locked inside the vehicle, and the far-more durable Activity Key used to open or close the car instead.

There’s also an optional cabin air filtration and ionisation system available, plus standard roof rails, fully electric bootlid and rear air suspension to compensate for heavy loads.

Which engine and trim levels will be offered?

The line-up is almost the same as the XF saloon, save for the absence of the 380hp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol.

That means there will be four diesel engines on offer, plus the sole 250hp 2.0-litre petrol. All engines come with an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission, save for the base 163hp 2.0-litre diesel unit which features a standard-fit six-speed manual (with an automatic option available).

All-wheel drive traction, meanwhile, can be can be added as an option on the 180hp 2.0-litre diesel and is compulsory for all 240hp 2.0-litre diesels. Otherwise, the standard drivetrain is rear-wheel drive.

Jaguar expects the biggest seller to be the 180hp 2.0-litre diesel in sporty R-Line trim, with Prestige, Portfolio and S spec levels also available. Company car drivers will also be tempted by the 163hp 2.0-litre diesel, capable of 62.8mpg and producing 118g/km of CO2.

How much equipment will the XF Sportbrake have?

Save for the additional accessories we’ve listed further up the page, all equipment and trim levels on the XF Sportbrake will match those found on the regular saloon model.

This means that even the base Prestige-spec model will benefit from standard features including two-zone climate control, heated front seats, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with sat-nav, DAB radio and in-car WiFi. 

What are the XF Sportbrake’s dimensions?

The XF Sportbrake measures up at 4,955mm in length, 2,091mm in width (including wing mirrors) and 1,496mm in height. All cars benefit from a 66-litre fuel tank, aside from the 163hp 2.0-litre diesel which makes do with 55 litres.

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