4.1 out of 5 4.1
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Smart-looking large estate is also great to drive

Jaguar XF Sportbrake (17 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £36,330 - £46,650
Lease from new From £540 p/m View lease deals
Used price £11,635 - £39,650
Used monthly cost From £290 per month
Fuel Economy 28.9 - 53.7 mpg
Road tax cost £155 - £490
Insurance group 25 - 43 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Combines attractive looks with practicality
  • Entertaining to drive
  • Facelift brings much improved cabin
  • Comfortable and easy to live with

CONS

  • Refinement lags behind rivals
  • Absence of any exciting engines
  • AdBlue filler in boot tricky to use
  • No eco-friendly hybrid or PHEV

Jaguar XF Sportbrake rivals

Volvo
V90
4.1 out of 5 4.1

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

Is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake any good?

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is the exciting face of large estate car ownership – previously it was available with a bonkers V8 engine and was most famously seen painted in Team Sky colours and carrying a load of racing bikes on the Tour de France.

Now that Jaguar offers a practical five-door lifestyle vehicle in the form of the on-trend F-Pace SUV, it means that this second-generation XF estate has a lot of work to do to assert itself in a market less and less interested in wagons, regardless of a fancy Sportbrake moniker.

Happily it’s back doing what it does best – offering a mix of Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate practicality, with a driving experience to rival the BMW 5 Series Touring, and the left-field appeal of a Volvo V90.

Read the Jaguar XF Sportbrake verdict

What's it like inside?

Comfortable, spacious, and now, thanks to the 2021 facelift, comes with a much nicer cabin than before. The dash received a complete redesign, becoming the biggest and most appreciable change in here, significantly lifting the ambience with its silver highlights, large centre touchscreen and the ability to option bright material colours for the seats and dash.

It's far less sombre to look at than before, but also much better to use, thanks to the latest Pivi Pro infotainment system, which is easy to read and navigate through.

Read more about the Jaguar XF Sportbrake interior

What models and trims are available?

You get a generous amount of equipment, even on a base-model Sportbrake, with 19-inch alloys, LED headlights, electric leather seats and an 11.4-inch touchscreen as standard.

You can pick trims focussing on either a luxury or sporting slant, with standard SE for the former, or R-Dynamic S, SE and HSE for the latter, bringing with it a bodykit.

Plus there are loads of driver assistance options and, of course, a catalogue full of lifestyle accessories, such as roof racks for kayaks or snowboards, or a tow-bar mounted bike carrier.

What's it like to drive?

One of our favourite XF Sportbrake characteristics, other than it's looks, is the way it drives. No other large estate strikes such a fine balance between comfort and handling dynamics.

That’s especially true if you spec the optional adaptive suspension, which broadens the Sportbrake’s talents considerably. This car comes with specially tuned rear air suspension, with Jaguar promising the exact same handling as the saloon and, on the whole, it delivers.

While all the bases are covered by the Sportbrake’s three engines, none of them are as interesting as the mad V8 in the previous-generation XFR-S.

That said, you can have a choice of one diesel and two petrols, all 2.0-litres in size, as part of the mainstay Ingenium range with three different power outputs.

There’s a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, with the latter promising the same driving dynamic of the former but with more traction for all-season use.

Read more about how the Jaguar XF Sportbrake drives

Continue reading about the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, including its practicality and how much it costs to run.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake rivals

Volvo
V90
4.1 out of 5 4.1

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