Jaguar may be following in the footsteps of sister brand Land Rover with three high-riding vehicles, but it’s far from becoming an SUV brand.
Its current lineup includes the E-Pace, F-Pace and I-Pace, in addition to the F-Type, XE, XF and XJ. This pretty much covers all the core premium segments and allows Jaguar to go head to head with Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Volvo.
It’s the XF Sportbrake that we’ll be focusing on to, as the E-Class Estate, A6 Avant, 5-Series Touring and V90 rival was subjected to a review by CarBuyer.
Those unique Jag looks, combined with great handling and a gigantic boot, make a solid case for those interested in an executive estate to overlook the British model; not when they are combined with sufficient legroom and headroom on the rear bench and plenty of gear, even in the base model.
The infotainment system may lack Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but it’s still very intuitive. Drivers will appreciate the good quality of plastics used throughout the cabin, although the lower part of the dashboard and central console does seem a bit below par.
The ride is quite smooth, even without the optional adaptive dampers, and the 8-speed automatic gearbox by ZF does the job great in the V6. However, spec it to the smaller four-cylinder engines and it will feel slow to respond. You can watch the full review of the 2018 XF Sportbrake in the video that follows.