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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The biggest downside is the clatter from the 2.2-litre diesel engine – this is present when idle and when under hard acceleration at 2,000rpm, interfering with the ambience in the cabin. If Jaguar can iron this problem out then the Sportbrake will be serious competition for its rivals.

Just like the saloon the XF Sportbrake comes with a pulsating starter button, rising rotary gear selector and rotating air-vents. The leather around the dash is also a nice touch but the switchgear (at four years old) is starting to show its age and could have done with a revamp.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake comfort levels are impressive although this is a premium car and comfortable surroundings are to be expected. Up front there is plenty of space while both driver and front passenger seats are well bolstered and have decent side supports. You can get three adults in the rear but it is much more comfortable if you stick to two in the back.

Headroom has increased by 48mm when comparing to the saloon thanks to the longer body making the XF Sportbrake more airy. Road, wind and tyre noise are minimal but if you choose the 197bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine you will hear some clatter at idle and between 1,500 2,000rpm when on the move - a tad irritating.