ACURA Sport Car | Jaguar XF Sportbrake



Cards on the tabular array time. The starting fourth dimension generation Jaguar XF Sportbrake (2012-16) was 1 of my all-time favourite estate cars, thence the novel model has a lot to alive upwards to.
I was 1 of the starting fourth dimension journalists to larn behind the bike of the novel Sportbrake, in addition to the skillful tidings is that it’s improve than ever.
Unlike the previous car, the novel XF was designed with an estate version inward hear from the outset. And it shows.



Slightly lower, shorter in addition to fifty-fifty sleeker than its handsome predecessor, it turns heads similar no other load-lugger on the route – in addition to with a drag coefficient of simply 0.29, it’s seriously aerodynamic.
Aimed squarely at its German linguistic communication rivals, the BMW 5 Series Touring, Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate in addition to Audi A6 Avant, summation the Volvo V90, the novel XF Sportbrake volition hold upwards sold inward to a greater extent than global markets than ever.
You see, Jaguar has high hopes for the machine because the previous model used to delineate organization human relationship for a 5th of XF sales, summation non everyone wants a large SUV. Many prefer a skillful erstwhile estate which offers practicality amongst the treatment advantages of a conventional car.



 Indeed, it’s sentiment that some Canis familiaris owners, for instance, actively shy away from high-riding 4x4s because the jump upwards isn’t ideal for smaller in addition to older pooches.
The novel Sportbrake is powered yesteryear a selection of 5 engines paired with six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearboxes,
The entry degree machine comes with a 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel fuel capable of returning 62.8mph with emissions of simply 118g/km of CO2. However, it’s the exclusively model inward the hit available with simply rear-wheel drive in addition to manual transmission.
Next upwards is a 178bhp version of the same engine, predicted to hold upwards the biggest seller, followed yesteryear a 3rd unit of measurement delivering 237bhp.
 For those looking for to a greater extent than performance, there’s a strong 3.0-litre V6 diesel fuel delivering 296bhp in addition to a 247bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit.
I tested the nearly powerful of the 2.0-litre diesels (237bhp) inward all-wheel drive R-Sport trim, which is higher upwards Prestige in addition to Portfolio, but below the range-topping due south spec.
The Sportbrake hit starts at a really reasonable £34,910, though my model volition laid y'all dorsum £44,600. In fact, it was loaded with to a greater extent than than £20,000 of options including particular night grayness 20-inch alloy wheels (£2,095) in addition to Climate Front Seated with Heated Rear (£840), bringing it upwards to a hefty £65,315.
The interior of the Sportbrake is familiar to existing XF owners upwards forepart with a combination of space, lineament in addition to equipment.


The rotary controller for gear selection yet rises reassuringly from the centre console betwixt the forepart seats, piece the air vents also slow revolve, ready for action.
Jaguar’s much-improved InControl infotainment arrangement is fitted equally criterion with an 8-inch screen, though my machine featured the optional InControl Touch Pro, boasting a large 10.2-inch screen. Good though it is, it’s yet non equally fashionable in addition to futuristic equally its principal rivals.
Ahead of the driver a full-colour 12.3-inch digital musical instrument cluster tin hold upwards specified – my machine also came with a Head-Up Display (£1,270) which shows your speed in addition to other basics including sat nav directions.

It’s also packed with driver aids in addition to security systems such equally Adaptive Cruise Control in addition to Blind Spot Assist which volition steer y'all away from an out-of-sight vehicle If y'all laid about to alter lanes.
Oh, in addition to an honourable advert for Jaguar’s wearable Activity Key. The waterproof, shockproof wristband is ideal for those who savor outdoor pursuits such equally running, cycling in addition to watersports.
Simply locking the machine with the Activity Key volition disables whatsoever keys left inside, in addition to thence when y'all come upwards back, unlock the vehicle yesteryear belongings the safe wristband or thence the Jaguar lettering on the tailgate.
The seats are comfortable, visibility is skillful in addition to there’s plenty of space. That topic is continued for nurture passengers, where there’s plenty of leg in addition to headroom – fifty-fifty for taller adults. Opt for the full-length fixed panoramic roof in addition to lite floods into the cabin, but if it’s likewise vivid the gesture-controlled sunblind volition ease over the drinking glass expanse.
But of class the large deviation is farther dorsum where the wide-opening tailgate (also gesture controlled) gives access to a decent 565 litres of luggage space, or 1,700 litres when the 40:20:40 split-folding nurture seats are flipped. Smaller items tin also hold upwards stored beneath the apartment charge flooring inward the boot.


Press the Start button, caput off in addition to it’s clear that you’re driving a diesel. It presently settles down, but it’s non the class-leading refinement offering yesteryear BMW.
The engine itself is powerful plenty for nearly with plenty of grunt, piece the automatic gearbox is equally polish equally tin be. For the record, it tin hitting 60mph from standstill inward 6.4 seconds in addition to top out at 150mph, piece its towing capacity is upwards to 2,000kg.
On newspaper it’s capable of upwards to 48.7mpg, but I got closer to 40mpg on my exam runs. CO2 emissions are a reasonable 153g/km.


Good though the 2.0-litre diesel fuel is, I suspect the fantastic V6 unit of measurement volition give the machine a whole novel dimension, simply equally it did inward the original.
Unlike some estates, the Sportbrake is no longer than its saloon sibling. Its treatment is non different to a regular XF either.
This is no wallowing load-lugger – the Sportbrake is surprisingly agile in addition to an effortless cruiser. There’s also plenty of enjoyment for to a greater extent than spirited drivers. Not exclusively tin y'all override the auto box yesteryear using the paddles behind the steering wheel, but y'all tin alter the drive agency likewise – Dynamic offering faster shifts in addition to a to a greater extent than responsive kickdown, piece adaptive damping tightens torso control.
Naturally, there’s stacks of traction cheers to all-wheel drive, piece torso curl is kept to a minimum in addition to the steering is equally accurate equally ever. In fact, there’s a lot of clever technology scientific discipline going on to brand the machine equally rewarding to drive equally possible.


Frankly, the XF Sportbrake is difficult to fault, in addition to whatsoever tike quibbles tin hold upwards forgiven because of its devastating skillful looks. However, I would definitely become piece of cake on the options listing because a competitively priced machine mightiness all of a precipitous cease upwards looking expensive.


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