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The New Jaguar XF Sportbrake Joins The Jaguar Range

The New Jaguar XF Sportbrake Joins The Jaguar Range

By Swansway Motor Group 18-08-2017

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The Jaguar XF Sportbrake joins the successful new Jaguar range. Take a look at the features that are causing such a splash on the roads. Discover more!

The New Jaguar XF Sportbrake - Practically Stylish

In 2004, long before the XF Sportbrake, Jaguar introduced the X-Type estate, the first in the company’s history. The car was generally well received by the press and the market, but the purists just couldn’t accept Jaguar XF Sportbrake in whitethe Mondeo-based estate in Jaguar’s lineup.

Until then, Jaguar estates were nothing but unofficial conversions delivered to the most demanding customers by various specialised coachbuilders and artisans. Due to very limited production numbers, these scarce XJ-based motors are a curiosity in Jaguar’s rich history.

Introduced in 2012 with a new version released in 2017, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake is here to make amends, and so far, it’s doing well! Its big brother, the XF saloon was a herald of Jaguar’s rebranding and rejuvenation, and when it was introduced back in 2008, it showed that there’s more to this manufacturer than just trying to relive its past glory.

Building On Firm Ground

Four years later, the phenomenally successful XF saloon was joined by the Sportbrake, which was a completely redefined vision of what a Jaguar estate should be. First of all, there was the design - the XF looked nothing like the Jags of the past, which was a pleasant surprise. This midsize Jaguar was on par with its competitors from Germany, especially the sportier BMW 5 Series. Then, there was the modern elegance, which allowed it to compete with, and beat, the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Jaguar XF sportbrake seen from the rear with the hatchback open and back seats down

With the addition of the XF Sportbrake, Jaguar introduced practicality to its set of skills and qualities. Even when gaining the fifth door, the Jaguar Sportbrake still managed to maintain its four-door elegance. It became a true gentleman’s express, a fast and luxurious wagon for the whole family… and space for more luggage in the boot!

Speaking of being fast, a new Jaguar XF Sportbrake can be bought with several engine and transmission choices, with models priced from £34,910. For that money, you’ll get a 4-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel engine with 163ps and manual transmission in Prestige trim. When equipped with this engine, the XF Sportbrake can accelerate from 0 to 60 in 8.6s with a top speed of 132mph. Other variants include R-Sport, Portfolio and S, starting at £36,605 for the R-Sport, £38,405 for the Portfolio and £52,400 for the S.

No End of Choice

Automatic transmission is also available along with the choice of rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive, as well as 163ps, 180ps, or twin-turbocharged 240ps coming from 2.0-litre diesel engines, while the turbocharged, automatic petrol option provides RWD and a powerful 250ps. The entry-level all-wheel drive model, for example has engine power bumped to 180ps. The ultimate diesel-powered Jaguar starts from £49,600 (Portfolio trim) and has a 3.0-litre V6 unit that produces 300ps. The V6 powers the rear wheels only, and it has a top speed of 155 mph with a 6.1sec sprint from 0 to 60 mph.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake interior

If diesel is still diluting the purity of your Jaguar experience, there are petrol variants to choose from too. Three trim levels, Prestige, R-Sport, and Portfolio, are available, but ultimately, the performance is still the same. The 2.0-litre petrol engine is rated at 250ps, and it has rear-wheel drive only. The petrol Sportbrake can be ordered with automatic transmission only, and it has a top speed of 150 mph with a 6.7s 0-60 sprint.

Often, cars with this amount of style and interior space come with a high price tag when it comes to economy. Not so with the Sportbrake! The best-rated fuel efficiency choice is the entry-level 163ps 2.0-litre variant with rear wheel drive and manual transmission. In combined driving conditions, it can achieve up to 62.8 MPG*. The automatic variant is rated at 62.8 MPG* (combined), and interestingly enough, the 180ps version is rated at a comparable 61.4 MPG* (combined) while the 240ps AWD variant returns 48.7 MPG (combined).

The 3.0-litre is good for 49.6 MPG* (combined). As expected, the petrol variant can do less, at 41.5 MPG* (combined). Depending on the engine, fuel tanks of the XF Sportbrake come in three sizes. The 163ps diesel variant can hold up to 55 litres, while all other diesel variants have 66 litres. The petrol variant has a fuel tank of 74 litres.

steering wheel from the Jaguar XF Sportbrake A Phenomenal Drive

No matter what engine, drivetrain and transmission you choose, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake won’t let you down with its driving dynamics and performance numbers. In its diesel forms, it’s a true driver’s car that provides it all: speed, efficiency and driving excitement. Moreover, the turbocharged petrol engine is quite a performer too, with a little less efficiency, but a little more adrenaline-pumping sounds coming from the exhausts.

The XF Sportbrake comes in three distinctive trims, all with their own special set of features and equipment. The most basic is the Prestige, but even at this equipment level, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake is by no means an ordinary car. Some standard features include grained leather seats, ambient lighting, and signature J-Blade Xenon lights.

For an upgrade, you can go in two different directions: the sporty version or the more luxurious one. The R-Sport is the sports-oriented package. In addition to features present on the Prestige, the R-Sport also has R-Sport bodykit and branding throughout, such as metal door sill finishes and branding on the steering wheel. One of the key features are electric perforated grained leather sport seats which provide better support in challenging driving conditions.

Left hand drive Jaguar with Jaguar logo on the touchscreen

The Portfolio version is the most luxurious option. Contrary to the minimalist interior of the R-Sport, the Portfolio has Windsor leather seats, a wide choice of interior colourways finished in the same luxurious leather, as well as wood, aluminium or carbon fibre finishes, suedecloth headliners, 380w Meridian sound system and extensive use of chrome. In this variant, the XF is really the ultimate in luxury estate cars, catering to the most discerning customers. If that isn’t enough, there’s room for further customisation, as well as an extensive list of add-ons and accessories.

Finally, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake S is available only with the 3.0-litre V6. Apart from the S body kit and branding, it has 19” alloy wheels, red brake calipers, and a perfect blend of luxury and sportiness in the interior. But the XF Sportbrake S is not just about the equipment, because it also has tweaked mechanics, as well as Adaptive Dynamics - an electronic system that adjusts the dampers to optimise the XF’s suspension to the road below.

Ultimately Practical and Safe on the Road

When buying an estate, no matter how fast or sporty it might be, the biggest priorities are always safety and practicality. As a premium manufacturer with a decades-long reputation, Jaguar truly delivers in these areas too. Firstly, there’s the XF Sportbrake’s five star EURO NCAP safety rating, and to help prevent the worst case scenario, there’s a host of various electronic driving aids.

Let’s start with Autonomous Emergency Braking. Thanks to a forward facing camera, the XF Sportbrake can detect potentially dangerous situations ahead and warn the driver via an audible signal. Visual warnings are also available on the head-up display, if the car is equipped with one. Other XF Sportbrake spatial awareness aids include the Surround Camera System, parking aid systems, Traffic Sign Recognition with adaptive speed restriction, lane departure warning system, lane keep assist and driver condition monitor, as well as blind spot assist with reverse traffic detection.

Practicality stretches a bit more than just increased boot space, as it includes remotely activated 40:20:40 fold-down rear seats, allowing up to 1,700 litres of boot pace, plus underfloor stowage. A particularly interesting feature of the XF Sportbrake is rear self-levelling suspension that ensures adequate ride height even when the car is fully loaded.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake wrist band

Some other practical aids are optional Powered Gesture Tailgate that enables you to open the fifth door by a foot gesture on any rear corner, and there’s also the Activity Key, an option available only on the XF Sportbrake. It’s a fully waterproof wristband which allows you to embark on any adventure without the fear of losing your car keys. If you plan on towing anything with your Jaguar, the XF Sportbrake has been approved for trailer loads of up to 2,000kg, and it has an electrically deployable tow bar that doesn’t compromise the elegant looks of the car’s stylish rear end.

All things considered, the XF Sportbrake is another triumph for Jaguar, and it presses all the right buttons - unmatched elegance and luxury, followed by excellent performance and practicality which proves that a real Jaguar can also be an estate. With all that in mind, the XF Sportbrake is a well needed addition to the XF range and another successful chapter in Jaguar’s recent rebirth.

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake is a car that will suit all your needs, no matter what your stage of life. For the best deals on this magnificent car, make sure to contact Swansway Jaguar’s Crewe showroom!

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* Fuel consumption figure is obtained under standardised EU test conditions and may not be the actual fuel consumption achieved in ‘real world’ driving conditions.

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