JAGUAR

JAGUAR XF SPORTBRAKE 2.0 P250 R-Dynamic HSE 5dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2199 g/km

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.

BRAKE DANCE

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.

Background

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.

Summary

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 washer jets
  • Heat insulated glass
  • Rain sensor windscreen wipers
  • Heated front windscreen
  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Electric windows with one touch open/close and anti trap

  • Torque vectoring brake
  • All surface progress control (ASPC)
  • Hill launch assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Anti-lock Brake System + Emergency Brake Assist
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Brake pad warning light
  • Emergency brake assist
  • Traction control

  • Premium carpet mats

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple car play
  • Android Auto

  • Traffic sign recognition with adaptive speed limiter
  • Blind spot assist
  • Speed proportional steering
  • Rear collision monitor
  • 3D surround camera
  • Electric power assisted steering
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keep assist includes oncoming vehicle detection and edge detection
  • Rear traffic monitor with parking emergency braking (Autobrake)
  • JaguarDrive control

  • Push button starter
  • Power tailgate/boot lid

  • Clear exit monitor
  • Driver condition monitor
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Front animated directional indicators
  • Interactive driver display digital with 12" TFT display
  • Pivi pro connected navigation system with 11.4" touch screen

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Frameless auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Electric heated/power fold memory door mirrors with approach lights and auto dimming driver side

  • DAB Radio (Digital Audio Broadcasting)
  • USB and auxiliary socket
  • Remote app

  • Black lower front bumper hoops
  • Front bumper's lower chin and rear lower bumper is finished in gloss black
  • XF badge
  • Illuminated metal tread plates with Jaguar script
  • R Dynamic badge
  • Jaguar script and leaper
  • Tailgate/boot lid spoiler
  • Body colour door handles

  • Automatic headlights
  • LED tail lights

  • 2nd row air vents

  • Front armrest
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Centre armrest console
  • Interior front door handles with separate locking switches
  • Rear armrest with twin cupholders
  • Perforated Windsor leather upholstery with sports seat
  • R-Dynamic branded leather steering wheel
  • Electrically adjustable steering column
  • Front door and rear door storage space
  • Overhead stowage for sunglasses

  • Cabin lighting - 10 colour configurable ambient, zone control, dynamic start-up sequence

  • Online pack with data plan - XF

  • Power operated child locks
  • Full length side window curtain airbag
  • Pedestrian contact sensing
  • Front airbags with passenger seat occupant detector
  • Front side airbags
  • Three 3 point rear seatbelts
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

  • ISOFIX on outer rear seats
  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • Passive front head restraints

  • Remote central locking with deadlocks and drive away locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Keyless entry
  • Perimeter alarm

  • Trailer stability assist

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Tyre repair system

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 199
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 199

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.3
  • CC: 1997

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 32
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 32
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 31.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 9.1

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • 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
  • 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: 250
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: R-Dynamic HSE
  • Coin Description: P250
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999

  • Engine Power - KW: 184
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 269
  • Engine Torque - NM: 365
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1300
  • Engine Power - BHP: 250
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.1
  • Top Speed: 150
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 37.2

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: 5 SPLIT SPOKE STYLE 5107
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 255/35 R20

  • Width (including mirrors): 2089
  • Height: 1494
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4964
  • Width: 1890
  • Wheelbase: 2960

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1726
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2330
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 74
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 745
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 604
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1724
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Privacy glass: £475
  • Solar attenuating windscreen: £455

  • Red brake calipers: £300
  • 355mm front brakes and 325mm rear brakes: Included
  • 325mm front brakes and 325mm rear brakes: £0

  • Adaptive dynamics: £720
  • Configurable dynamics: £150

  • Wi-Fi Enabled with data plan: £240
  • Wireless device charging with phone signal booster: £300

  • Park assist - fully automated parking and remote parking: £250
  • Front and rear parking aid: Included

  • Garage door opener (Homelink): £210

  • Secure tracker pro: £600
  • Secure tracker: £400
  • Head up Display: £830

  • Satin charcoal ash veneer: Included
  • Extended leather upgrade: £1,500
  • Engineered wood veneer: £320
  • Engine spin aluminium trim finisher: £250
  • Natural burr ash veneer: £320

  • Meridian 400W sound system with 13 speakers, subwoofer and active road noise cancellation: Included
  • Meridian 650W surround sound audio system with 17 speakers, subwoofer and active road noise cancellation: £80

  • Satin shadow atlas grille mesh tips: Included
  • Gloss Black Extended Side Sills: Included
  • Metallic paint: £700
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Fixed panoramic glass sunroof: £1,125
  • Premium metallic paint: £950

  • Premium LED headlights with signature DRL: Included
  • Headlight power wash: £200
  • Auto high beam assist: Included
  • Pixel LED headlights with signature DRL: £1,150

  • Four zone climate control: £640
  • Two zone climate control: Included
  • Cabin pre-conditioning with remote control: £1,000
  • Cabin air ionisation with PM2.5 filter: £140
  • Air quality sensor: £60

  • 12V accessory sockets - front and rear: Included
  • Lockable cooled glovebox: £60
  • Lockable glovebox: Included
  • Heated steering wheel: £195
  • Light oyster suede cloth headlining: £0
  • Bright metal foot pedals: £150
  • Loadspace storage rails: £100
  • Ebony suede cloth headlining: Included
  • Loadspace partition net: £100
  • Powered gesture roof blind: £150
  • Additional power sockets - Two additional USB sockets in rear centre console and one 12V socket in trunk: £100

  • Black exterior pack - XF Sportbrake R-Dynamic: £700
  • Convenience pack - XF Sportbrake SE/R-Dynamic SE/R-Dynamic HSE: £945
  • Dynamic handling pack - XF Sportbrake P250/P300: £1,095
  • Hot climate pack - XF: £1,090
  • Smokers pack - XF: £30
  • Technology pack - XF Sportbrake SE/R-Dynamic SE/R-Dynamic HSE: £1,270

  • Metallic - Hakuba silver: £700
  • Metallic - Bluefire Blue: £700
  • Metallic - Eiger grey: £700
  • Metallic - Yulong white: £700
  • Metallic - Firenze red: £700
  • Metallic - British racing green: £700
  • Metallic - Portofino blue: £700
  • Metallic - Santorini black: £700

  • Solid - Fuji white: £0

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

  • 40:20:40 folding rear seats with centre armrest: Included
  • 40:20:40 folding, heated rear seats with centre armrest: £300
  • 16-way heated electric driver and passenger memory front seats with 2-way manual headrests: Included
  • 16-way heated and ventilated electric memory front seats with 2-way manual headrests: £400
  • 16-way heated and ventilated, massage electric memory front seats with 2-way manual headrests: £1,200
  • 16-way heated, massage electric driver and passenger memory front seats with 2-way manual headrests: £800

  • Soft door close: £505
  • Activity key: £300

  • Electrically deployable towbar: £705
  • Detachable towbar: £990

  • Perforated Windsor leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ebony suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Light oyster, Ebony/Light oyster colourway, Ebony suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Mars red, Ebony/Mars red colourway, Ebony suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Siena tan, Ebony/Siena tan colourway, Ebony suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Ebony, Ebony/Ebony colourway, Ivory suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Light oyster, Ebony/Light oyster colourway, Ivory suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Mars red, Ebony/Mars red colourway, Ivory suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0
  • Perforated Windsor leather - Siena tan, Ebony/Siena tan colourway, Ivory suedecloth headlining + Sports seats: £0

  • 18" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 5033: £0
  • 18" 5 spoke dark grey with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 5105: £0
  • 19" 5 split spoke gloss silver alloy wheels - style 5106: £0
  • 19" 5 split spoke gloss black alloy wheels - style 5106: £0
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels with gloss black inserts - style 5107: Included
  • 20" 5 split spoke satin black alloy wheels with gloss black inserts - style 5107: £400
  • 17" 9 spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - style 9005: £0
  • 18" 5 split spoke alloy wheels with gloss black finish - style 5033: £0
  • 18" 7 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - style 7011: £0
  • 19" 7 split spoke gloss black with contrast diamond turned finish alloy wheels - style 7013: £0
  • 19" 7 split spoke gloss sparkle silver alloy wheels - style 7012: £0
  • 20" 5 split spoke gloss dark grey with contrast diamond turned alloy wheels - style 5036: £400

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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