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Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Ingenium diesels are the cheapest to run
  • Either 163hp or 180hp version perform best here
  • Fuel and servicing costs increase with V6 or petrol

The most impressive engine here is the 180hp Ingenium diesel – not because it’s the most frugal, but because it promises basically the same 61.4mpg as the lower-powered 163hp version.

Economy dips slightly for the 240hp diesel but the extra performance more than makes up for it. The worst running costs inevitably go to the 2.0-litre petrol and 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which claim circa 40mpg.

Servicing costs favour the Ingenium diesel engines too – with Jaguar claiming intervals of 21,000 miles or two years between trips to the dealership. You can pay for a five year fixed-price service plan with prices depending on engine when you buy the car, with AdBlue top ups included.

Predictable results here – pick a 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine for the lowest environmental impact from CO2. Either the 163hp or 180hp version is best, with 119 and 120g/km produced respectively.

The 240hp option is more polluting, with 153g/km, while the V6 diesel and 2.0-litre petrol pump out 149g/km and 155g/km each.

  • Not a traditional strong point but an area of improvement
  • Lots of new, modern engines shared across the JLR range
  • Well-constructed interior plus stiffer body means fewer rattles

Reliability is a real focus for improvement for Jaguar – and a lot of money has been invested in the new line-up of Ingenium engines.

While the Sportbrake shares a lot of its engine and gearboxes with other JLR products, there is a lot of new componentry in this car, which is radically different from the old one.

The XF family is also a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to reliability though; the saloon was subjected to two recalls, which should have been sorted by now.

Build quality on the other hand feels strong, with robust switchgear and a stiffer bodyshell, which should mean fewer squeaks and rattles over time.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,492 - £1,573 *
Diesel 131p £1,045 - £1,323 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0D (180ps) Diesel 128 g/km (Min) £145
2.0 (300ps) Petrol 177 g/km (Max) £465

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145 - £465
Insurance group 25 - 43
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.