Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Should you buy one?

If you've always liked the idea of a Jaguar estate, then yes - all the changes made for the 2021 facelift have brought back some much needed desirability for the XF range. Factor in the lower list price and this might be the final nudge of encouragement you were looking for.

You may be tempted by the pricier F-Pace SUV as your mode of practical family transport, but the XF Sportbrake has plenty going for it. Not only is it more fun to drive than an SUV, with excellent handling and little body roll, but it's well-judged chassis setup makes it more entertaining than even its immediate rivals. Combine this with strong engines, a comfortable interior that's also now upmarket and you have a pretty solid choice.

Which Jaguar XF Sportbrake is best?

When it comes to trim levels, all models are generously equipped, so even an S model won't leave you wanting to add too many pricey options. We like the brighter material choices that really lift the cabin, but otherwise pick an R-Dynamic model if you'd prefer the sportier looks.

The D200 diesel is our engine of choice, balancing refinement, everyday performance and running costs. The petrols are too thirsty for the performance they offer.

What we like

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake eschews the workaday looks of its more conventional rivals and leaves them in the dust in terms of handling.

We we don't like

While the cabin has received some much-needed attention, it's still not quite as finely finished or robust-feeling as the more expensive German rivals. Combine this with a little too much road noise and this poses a bit of a problem for the Jaguar.

The facelift has certainly helped claw back some ground and this estate remains worthy of consideration, proving to be a good all-rounder with competitive boot space and a sporting edge to its chassis. The XF Sportbrake just lacks the final polish required to leap past its benchmark rivals.