This is our second opportunity to drive Jaguar's newest XF Sportbrake, the rather handsome estate variation of Jaguar's existing executive-class drinkery.
Last time around, we drove it with the 237bhp 2.0-litre diesel powerplant, which is mated exclusively to four-wheel drive. Here, we're including the 3.0-litre V6 diesel to that as well as the only petrol XF variation, the 2.0-litre 247bhp four-cylinder from the exact same Ingenium engine household as the diesel, both as rear-drive versions.
By calling this car Sportbrake, you may believe the layout team have actually been cut a little slack to prioritise design over functionality, however the important estatey numbers are respectable. Boot quantity with the rear seats up is 565 litres instead of the watering hole's 540, as well as with the seats down it elevates to 1700 litres, which places it comparable with the BMW 5 Series Touring, if not the huge Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon. This time around, too, in addition to level sides to the inside of the boot, the rear seats have actually been modified to allow the flooring to be flat when folded. The example that's better, generally, than an extra five litres here or there.
Otherwise, points in the Sportbrake are as they remain in the XF watering hole. It's a predominantly aluminium-structured vehicle, with double-wishbones at the front as well as an important web link set up at the rear. Unlike the saloon, the Sportbrake comes with air-springs at the rear to maintain the body degree under loads, which can be whichever refrigerator or pet you include the boot or approximately 2000kg pulled via the towbar.
Let's begin with the last. The XF has a very tidy interior that is smartly developed yet, depending on where you prod, you'll discover surfaces that simply do not feel rather so thudsome as in a German exec option. The Germans each make lots of numerous autos a year as well as you obtain the feeling that, with an A6, 5 Series or E-Class, they throw whatever they've got at it. Jaguar will quickly be doing around 200,000. You just get the ambiance that Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz has more to offer.
After that there's the enjoyment as well as information screens, where you can attract a similar conclusion. There's absolutely nothing naturally incorrect with Jaguar's touchscreen controller; it just feels a little slower, clumsier and less operated compared to the best you'll find in other places.
However then there are the little bits that Jaguar does well, largely, I suspect, because it has awful roads on its doorstep: negative surface areas, poor cambers, pronounced roadway crowns, dilemmas around old hedges. There's much less of that in landmass Europe as well as it reveals. The XF steers with excellent accuracy, it trips with outstanding deftness as well as control. It mixes refinement, poise as well as engagement much better compared to any competitor.
The 2.0 diesel powertrain we tested previously is charming enough, yet completely grumbly that we 'd suggest the 296bhp V6 over it if you could stand the extra expenses. At 49.6 mpg versus 48.7 mpg, the main numbers reckon the V6, rear-driven, will be less parched than the AWD 2.0 oil-burner. As well as given there's much less demand for the eight-speed ZF automobile to downshift in the V6, in the real life that distinction might also be greater. (Although, if you need all-wheel drive, I presume you know it, and after that the 2.0 diesel is your only choice.).
Whether you choose the 2.0-litre gas is, once again, to the costs. It's that bit lighter, smoother, quieter, extra responsive and revvier compared to any of the diesels, but it's a 41.5 mpg auto on the official fuel cycle. It's lighter in the nose, as well, being that bit more agile compared to an auto that's already probably one of the most agile-feeling in the class.
This class is so affordable that every vehicle in it truly has to offer you an engaging need to select one.
The Jaguar's situation is clear. It's probably the best-looking one in the course as well as I'm rather certain that it's the most gratifying to drive. It's not unlike, state, the Alfa Romeo Giulia in the class below in that respect. Know the XF's constraints in various other locations-- as well as we're speaking levels off the pace below, not miles-- and the Jaguar makes a quite convincing case for itself.