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The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is an executive-segment estate that looks to offer a refreshing alternative to the usual choices in this segment, station wagon versions of the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6. In this improved form, diesel variants have become mildly electrified, there are sharper looks and the cabin's had a decent upgrade. In addition, as before, this Sportbrake variant offers a 1,700-litre load space and can tow up to two tonnes, plus there's the option of AWD.


Jaguar's XF Sportbrake estate gets a timely upgrade with the brand's latest mild hybrid tech. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is an executive-segment estate that looks to offer a refreshing alternative to the usual choices in this segment, station wagon versions of the BMW 5 Series, the Mercedes E-Class and the Audi A6. In this improved form, diesel variants have become mildly electrified, there are sharper looks and the cabin's had a decent upgrade. In addition, as before, this Sportbrake variant offers a 1,700-litre load space and can tow up to two tonnes, plus there's the option of AWD.


You don't associate Jaguar with estate cars. Which if you think about it is a little strange. The British have, after all, always liked them, whether as family load luggers or as stately 'shooting brake'-type designs. Even so, throughout its history, the Coventry brand has stuck to roots that lie in the production of saloons and sportscars. True, we did finally see an estate version of the compact X-Type in 2004, but even that was half-heartedly based on a Ford Mondeo and quickly forgotten when that smallest Jaguar model was quietly deleted from the range in 2010. Would this famous marque ever develop a proper estate model on its own purpose-built platform? That question was finally answered late in 2012 with the launch of this car, the XF Sportbrake. That model continued to sell, even after the launch of the second generation XF saloon in 2015. Three years on, this second generation Sportbrake model was introduced, a car that was lightly upgraded in the Autumn of 2020 to create the model we'tre going to look at here. What's it like?

Driving Experience

As you'd expect, mechanically, the Sportbrake offers up much the same recipe as you'd find in its saloon counterpart, though in this case, there's the addition of self-levelling rear suspension to ensure an effortless ride, even when towing loads that can be as heavy as 2,000kg. The XF range hinges around a 2.0-litre diesel four-cylinder engine and while that doesn't sound too exciting, it's where the big sales are. It now comes in a single 204PS D200 state of tune, offers customers the option of rear wheel drive or AWD and features the brand's latest MHEV mild hybrid engine tech, which can assist the engine under acceleration. As a result, a rear-driven model gets to 60mph in 7.3s - or 7.5s in AWD form. The conventional petrol options continue much as before, 250 or 300PS versions of Jaguar's usual 2.0-litre Ingenium unit in the P250 (RWD) and P300 (AWD) variants. Both feature the engine technologies including a twin scroll turbocharger and Continuous Variable Valve Lift (CVVL), for a strong combination of refined performance and efficiency. The P250 makes 60mph in 6.7s, which the P300 AWD variant mamnages the same sprint in 5.9s. All engines are paired with Jaguar's eight-speed automatic gearbox, which can be controlled using the steering wheel shift paddles for added driver engagement. Across the XF range, driving dynamics suit a relaxed but purposeful style. The chassis delivers near perfect 50:50 weight distribution and huge strides have been made to perfect refinement. Ride is another class-leading XF quality. This Jaguar shares its suspension set-up with the smaller XE model, which means struts with double wishbones at the front and an 'integral link' independent set-up at the rear. The steering uses the same electric power-assisted set-up as the Jaguar F-Type and XE, while active dampers are on the options list.

Design and Build

Jaguar is off to a good start on the Sportbrake as the XF is widely acknowledged as one of the cleanest pieces of styling in its class. The rear glasshouse is artfully integrated into the car's existing chassis hard points, with a genuinely sleek roofline which arches over the rear quarter-lights. The window line tapers gracefully as the flanks meet the rear glass area with its continuous wrap-around curve. The one-piece tailgate incorporates a rear spoiler with integrated high-level stop light and a chrome blade finisher. The rear of the XF Sportbrake also sports full LED tail lights. Visual changes to this revised model include sleeker super-slim all-LED quad headlights with 'Double J' Daytime Running Light signatures. There's also a wider front grille and revised bumpers with larger and lower air intakes at the front. Plus the side fender vents now feature the iconic Leaper emblem. There are changes inside too, with a 'sportier' centre console that sweeps up to a new centrally-mounted 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen for the new 'Pivi Pro' infotainment system, which has standard 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring and the latest embedded dual-sim technology with over-the-air updates. The seats have been re-designed with wider cushioning and a Jaguar Leaper embossed on the headrests. And the door casings have been revised too. Through the wheel, the driver now views a new 12.3-inch HD Interactive Driver Display that replaces the conventional dials. The XF Sportbrake's load space features 1,700-litres of cargo capacity when all the seats are folded down. You also get under floor stowage and of course a 60:40 split rear seat. Cabin Air Ionisation gives you and your family clean air and an optional super-sized panoramic roof floods the interior with light.

Market and Model

XF Sportback prices run from around £36,000 to just over £46,000, which is about par for the course in the full-sized BMW 5 Series Touring/Audi A6 Avant-dominated executive estate sector. There's a premium of around £2,000 to progress from the alternative saloon model. The base diesel and petrol Sportbrakes come with an 'SE' level of trim, but otherwise, XF customers choose between 'R-Dynamic S', 'R-Dynamic SE' or 'R-Dynamic HSE' options. Key here is the introduction of the standard 11.4-inch 'Pivi Pro' centre-dash infotainment screen, which incorporates two LTE modems enabling the system to carry out multiple functions at the same time, such as streaming media and downloading SOTA updates, without compromising performance. You also get a 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle screen which can show full-screen mapping. And another screen can be activated via Jaguar's 'ClearSight' interior rear view mirror which gives the driver an unobstructed view of the road behind. Using a wide angle rear-facing camera, the optional system feeds images to a high-definition screen within the frameless rear view mirror; unhindered by tall rear passengers, poor light or rain on the rear screen. The headlights can now be specified with Pixel LED technology and Adaptive Driving Beam capability so that they alter their range to fit with road conditions and surrounding traffic. You can also now specify a Cabin air ionisation system that improves interior air quality through Nanoe technolgy, which helps remove allergens and unpleasant odours. Safety technology includes 'Forward Traffic Detection' which alerts you at times of reduced visbility when something is crossing your path up-front. And 'Forward Vehicle Guidance' which helps you place the car in low speed parking manoevres.

Cost of Ownership

As before, it helps the XF Sportbrake's cause that it's relatively light weight, thanks to the fact that so much of the structure of the car (75%) is fashioned from aluminium. The important news with this revised model though, is that its core 204PS 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine now features Jaguar's latest next generation Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology for the first time. This uses a Belt-integrated Starter Generator (BiSG) situated in the engine bay to harvest energy usually lost when slowing and braking, which is then stored in a 48V lithium-ion battery located beneath the rear loadspace. It is able to redeploy the stored energy to assist the engine when accelerating away while also delivering a more refined and responsive stop/start system. What about the WLTP-rated results of all this? Well, you're looking at 54.2mpg on the combined cycle and 137g/km of CO2, which is very class competitive and 13-14% better than the previous D180 variant. Plus the D200 is RDE2-compliant, so is tax-optimised. The petrol variants do without the MHEV tech - and it shows a bit. The P250 RWD version delivers 33.9mpg on the combined cycle and 188g/km of CO2. What else? You get the usual unremarkable three year warranty. And service intervals are set at 21,000miles or every 24 months, whichever comes first and it would be sensible to consider one of Jaguar's Service Plans that cover you for virtually everything in advance. There's a 'Standard Mileage Service Plan' that covers you for five years/50,000 miles. Or a 'High Mileage Service Plan' that covers five years/75,000 miles.


The Jaguar XF has always been an easy car to recommend if you wanted a saloon. But an increasing number of executive sector buyers don't. They'd like the status of the aspirational badge, but also want an element of practicality that'll get the goods in at IKEA, give the Labrador some breathing space and more easily suit the annual skiing trip to Chamonix. Hence the need for this XF Sportbrake in Jaguar showrooms. On paper, this car's Teutonic rivals might seem more impressive. But it's easy to be impressed by something without necessarily liking it very much. An XF might not have the last enth of efficiency you'd find in a rival A6 or 5 Series. But for an increasing number of business buyers, it's the car they'd rather have on their driveways. Especially, I'd suggest, if it comes as a Sportback.

  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Heated rear window
  • Heat insulated glass
  • Blue tinted glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch/auto up/down
  • Acoustic windscreen

  • Torque vectoring brake
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Emergency Brake Assist
  • Hill start assist
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Brake pad warning light
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Traction control

  • Premium carpet mats

  • Self levelling rear air suspension

  • Bluetooth telephone connectivity
  • InControl remote premium
  • Android Auto
  • Apple car play

  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Rear parking aid
  • Electric power steering

  • Service interval indicator
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Jaguar Voice front
  • Pro services and wifi hotspot
  • Analogue dials with 7" central TFT display

  • Auto dimming eletrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors

  • Luxtec wrapped instrument panel

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • USB and auxiliary socket
  • InControl app
  • InControl Wi-fi
  • InControl protect

  • Silver roof rails
  • Roof spoiler
  • Metal load space scuff plates
  • Illuminated metal tread plates with Jaguar script
  • Chrome window side surrounds
  • Grained black grille with chrome surround
  • Chrome side vents
  • No derivative and/or engine badge
  • Chrome tailgate/boot lid finisher
  • Tailgate/boot lid spoiler

  • Automatic headlights
  • Headlight power wash
  • LED tail lights

  • 2nd row air vents
  • Dual zone climate control

  • Twin front cupholders
  • 12V accessory sockets - front and rear
  • Front armrest
  • Jaguar sense
  • JaguarDrive selector
  • Bright metal foot pedals
  • Rear storage compartment
  • Loadspace cover
  • Overhead console with sunglasses holder
  • Tie down hooks in luggage area
  • Front centre console storage box
  • Auxilliary 12V power socket
  • Rear armrest with twin cupholders
  • Loadspace storage rails
  • Luxtec wrapped instrument panel topper
  • Soft grain sport leather steering wheel
  • Chrome trunk finish
  • Perforated grained leather upholstery
  • Chrome seat switches

  • Pedestrian contact sensing
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Power child locks
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side airbags
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Anti-whiplash front headrests
  • Front/rear seatbelt pre-tensioners
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • Isofix child seat preparation

  • Perimeter alarm
  • Deadlocks
  • Remote central locking
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless Start
  • Drive away door locking

  • Trailer stability assist

  • 6 speed manual transmission

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 17" 15 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - Style 1016

  • CO2 (g/km): 135
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 153

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 15.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.4
  • CC: 1999

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 62.8
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 72.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 33.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 33.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 45.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 43.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 55.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 53.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 49.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 47.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 47.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 45.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.2

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 25E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 21000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 163
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Prestige
  • Coin Description: d
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - KW: 120
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 280
  • Engine Torque - NM: 380
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 163
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10
  • Top Speed: 132
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 38.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/55 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: STYLE 1016
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2088
  • Height: 1494
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4955
  • Width: 1880
  • Wheelbase: 2079

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1652
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2260
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 565
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2000
  • Max. Loading Weight: 608
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1700
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.9

  • Privacy glass: £500
  • Heated front windscreen: £270
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £465

  • InControl secure Tracker: £400

  • 360 Parking aid sensors: £535
  • Lane keep assist with driver condition monitor: £490
  • Forward facing stereoscopic camera: Included
  • Blind spot assist with reverse traffic detection: £770
  • 360 degree surround camera: £1,010
  • Reverse traffic detection with blind spot monitor and closing vehicle sensor: £535
  • Park assist - Parallel, perpendicular and parking exit: £480
  • Front Parking Aid: Included
  • Rear view camera: £385

  • Garage door opener: £215
  • Powered gesture tailgate/boot lid: £215
  • Power tailgate/boot lid: Included

  • 10" touch screen pro: Included
  • Head up Display: £0
  • Interactive driver display digital instrument panel: £510
  • InControl touch pro satellite navigation system: Included
  • Instrument cluster with 5 TFT display: Included
  • 10" Dual view touchscreen pro with whitefire headphones: £625

  • Auto dimming, power folding, heated door mirrors with memory and approach lights: £0
  • Power fold, auto-dimming, heated door mirrors with approach lights: £375
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors: Included

  • Carbon fibre trim: £950
  • Satin Rosewood veneer: £325
  • Satin fine line wood veneer trim: £325
  • Satin ash burr veneer: £325
  • Satin grey figured ebony veneer: £325
  • Gloss Burr Walnut veneer: £325
  • Gloss Figured Ebony veneer: £325
  • Gloss black trim finisher: Included

  • Jaguar 180W sound system with 8 speakers: Included
  • Meridian 380W sound system with 11 speakers: £840
  • Meridian 825W surround sound system: £1,000
  • CD/DVD player: £150
  • Digital TV: £910

  • Fixed panoramic glass sunroof: £1,150
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £740
  • Premium metallic paint: £950

  • Approach Illumination: Included
  • Xenon headlamps With LED signature: Included
  • LED daytime running lights: Included
  • Adaptive LED Headlights with signature DRL: £610

  • Parking heater with remote control: £1,065
  • Air quality sensor: £60
  • Cabin air ionisation: £145

  • Loadspace partition net: £110
  • Morzine headlining - Ebony: £255
  • Manual rear side blinds: £195
  • Lockable cooled glovebox: £60
  • Electric adjustable steering column: £325
  • Lockable glovebox: Included
  • Heated steering wheel: £200
  • Powered gesture roof blind: £150
  • Additional power sockets: £85
  • Morzine headlining - Light oyster: £0
  • Suedecloth headlining - Light Oyster: Included
  • Suedecloth headlining - Ebony: £255

  • Ambient interior lighting: Included
  • Configurable Ambient interior lighting: £325

  • Advanced parking assist pack - XF: £1,175
  • Power convenience pack - XF: £715
  • Head up display pack - XF: £1,295
  • Cold climate pack - XF: £775
  • Smoker's pack: £40
  • InControl touch pro navigation pack with Meridian surround sound system - XF: £1,585
  • InControl touch pro navigation pack with Meridian digital sound system - XF Prestige/R Sport/Sport: £1,070
  • Driver memory pack with power folding mirrors - XF: £1,330
  • Convenience pack - XF Prestige/R Sport/Sport: £1,000
  • Advanced parking assist pack with surround camera - XF: £1,725

  • Metallic - Santorini black: £740
  • Metallic - Portofino blue: £740
  • Metallic - Yulong white: £740
  • Metallic - Firenze red: £740
  • Metallic - Indus silver: £740
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £740
  • Metallic - Rossello red: £740
  • Metallic - Caesium blue: £740

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0
  • Solid - Narvik black: £0

  • Premium metallic - Silicon silver: £950
  • Premium metallic - Carpathian grey: £950

  • 4 way electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger: £255
  • 8 way manual adjustable front seats with electric recline: Included
  • Driver seat memory function: £0
  • Heated and cooled front seats with heated rear seats: £730
  • Heated and cooled front seats: £550
  • Heated front and rear seats: £450
  • Heated front seats: Included
  • 10 way electric front seats: £305

  • Soft door close: £515
  • Keyless entry system: £655
  • Activity key: £325

  • Detachable towbar with alloy space saver spare wheel: £720

  • Perforated grained leather - Ebony, Ebony colourway, Morzine light oyster headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Ebony, Ebony colourway, Morzine ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Ebony, Ebony colourway, Suedecloth light oyster headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Ebony, Ebony colourway, Suedecloth ebony headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Latte/Espresso, Espresso colourway, Morzine light oyster headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Latte/Espresso, Espresso colourway, Suedecloth light oyster headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Light oyster, Oyster colourway, Morzine light oyster headlining: £0
  • Perforated grained leather - Light oyster, Oyster colourway, Suedecloth light oyster headlining: £0

  • Reduced section alloy space saver spare wheel: £185
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

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