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First drive: Jaguar XF Sportbrake 2.2 D

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BIK List Price
£33,815
Jaguar XF Sportbrake BIK list price
BIK Percentage
21%
Jaguar XF Sportbrake BIK Percent
CO2
135g/km
Jaguar XF Sportbrake CO2
Combined MPG
55.4
Jaguar XF Sportbrake MPG

Review

Jaguar has been absent from the estate car sector since the demise of the X-type estate. The XF Sportbrake addresses this hole in Jag’s range and also takes the XF further into battle with its key rivals, the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series.

These are the two cars Jaguar mentions when referring to the XF Sportbrake’s competitors, with the voluminous Mercedes E-Class Estate conspicuous by its omission from the conversation. However, this doesn’t mean the XF Sportbrake is merely a token effort at building a wagon by Jaguar.

The boot of the XF Sportbrake offers a maximum cargo capacity of 1675-litres, which sits slap bang between the BMW 5 Series Touring’s 1670-litres and the Audi A6 Avant’s 1680-litres. With the 60/40 split and fold rear seats in place, the Jag offers 550-litres of luggage space, which is a shade behind the Audi’s 565-litres and the BMW’s 560-litres, though this is quibbling over space the size of a small shopping bag in estates that are all very good at carrying plenty of gear.



Further evidence of Jaguar genning up on its rivals to help create the XF Sportbrake is clear in the one-touch handles for folding the rear seats flat. These are similar to the ones found in a Mazda 6 Estate and work quickly and easily. With the rear seats down, there’s a long, flat load bed that extends to just 30mm shy of a full 2.0-metres in length.

Jaguar has also designed the Sportbrake with a load sill that sits flush with the boot floor, which makes it much easier to hump heavy goods in and out of the car. There are also floor rails that allow a variety of nets and retaining bars to be fitted to keep luggage from rolling loose around the boot.

A hidden storage area underneath the boot offers some secure storage, but there’s nowhere to keep the load cover when it’s removed to make full use of the XF’s maximum load space.

Jaguar points out the XF Sportbrake’s boot is carpeted with the same shag pile found in the main cabin, which it says offers a more premium feel than its competitors. We’re not sure many buyers will notice this, but they might well take notice of the wider range of options for the Sportbrake. These include a tow bar, roof box and bicycle carrier to give the Jag wagon that essential touch of lifestyle appeal.

CO2 emissions
The revised 2.2-litre turbodiesel now emits 135g/km of carbon dioxide in both 163- and 200bhp versions. It puts the Jag into serious contention with its key rivals from Audi and BMW, helped by standard stop-start for the 2.2-litre engine.
Fuel costs
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake turns in 55.4mpg average economy with the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, regardless of whether you choose the 163- or 200bhp version. A BMW 520d Touring is marginally better, but the Jag matches the Audi A6 Avant 2.0 TDI Multitronic and also matches the XF saloon’s combined economy.
Residual values
It’s hard not to think the Jaguar XF Sportbrake will enjoy residual values as strong, if not stronger, than the XF saloon’s. The Sportbrake is a sleek looker and offers more practicality than the saloon version in a car that drives with just as much finesse. It augers well for company lease rates.
Running costs
The XF has done well to retain strong residual values so far with the saloon, despite its popularity and readily available used models. The estate, as an even more desirable model with comparable costs, should be an even better proposition.
Driver appeal
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake handles and steers with every bit the same verve and accuracy as the saloon model. Where the estate differs is the ride quality of the Sportbrake is even more cosseting and absorbent than the XF saloon’s. This is a very comfy, classy place to spend any journey.
FN Verdict
The Jaguar XF Sportbrake doesn’t better its German rivals when it comes to carrying capacity or practicality. However, it offers those who might have considered an XF saloon but need more space a comfortable, refined alternative to Audi or BMW.
Top Speed
N/A
Jaguar XF Sportbrake Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Jaguar XF Sportbrake Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Jaguar XF Sportbrake Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £12,775
4 Year 80k : £10,125
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 51.82
4 Year 80k : 47.29

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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