Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • A mix of XE and XJ styling
  • No changes from saloon car
  • Useful technology on offer

There’s nothing of note differentiating the XF Sportbrake’s interior from the saloon car, so you can expect a combination of XE and XJ styling and plastics that aren’t quite up to the standard of Jaguar’s German rivals.

Ergonomics are good thanks to a smattering of switches on the wheel and a further bank of buttons on the centre console, while the drive mode selector is positioned a little too far back behind the gearshift dial.

On the whole the driving position is very good – positioning you low down (should you wish) for a more sporting experience.

Strong tech showing from Jaguar

Tech-wise the XF Sportbrake offers a choice of 8.0-inch InControl multimedia system and the newer, InControl Touch Pro system with its 10.2-inch touchscreen.

Both systems are way better than previous JLR screens and boast a Wi-Fi hotspot with up to eight connections. Plus if you pick the upgraded system the analogue dials are replaced by a 12.3-inch digital dashboard set up.

The final cherry on top is the super-clear and full-colour head-up display, which projects easy-to-read graphics for speed and sat-nav right onto the windscreen.

  • Plenty of space for passengers
  • Comfortable yet supportive seats
  • Choice of two suspension set ups

We’ve been impressed with the Jaguar XF Saloon’s interior comfort and for the most part the Sportbrake is no different.

The wagon shares the four door’s wheelbase so you get the same generous interior space in the front and back, while headroom in the rear is unaffected by the Sportbrake’s swoopier roofline.

Redesigned rear seats (altered to allow a flat load floor when collapsed) are still well-bolstered and cushioned, but you’ll still want to avoid making a large adult sit in the middle chair for an extended period.

Two suspension set ups

You get the same standard and adaptive suspension choice as the saloon, the latter offering a wider breadth of settings from comfy to firm and sporty.

On the whole though the XF Sportbrake rides as you’d expect a Jaguar to – there’s an inherent stiffness owing to its sportier nature but on the whole it’s plenty comfortable enough. We actually think this estate version has the best balance of ride and handling in the sector.

Four-zone climate control, heated seats and a huge panoramic sunroof (which can be operated using gesture control) boost comfort levels even further.