Jaguar XF Sportbrake Road Test (2013)

Jaguar XF Sportbrake (Interior View) (2013)

Jaguar XF Review

pity the rest of the system is a little dated in its design when comparing the latest technology available...

Safety and Security

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake has not been tested by Euro NCAP but the saloon model has, and it scored a slightly disappointing four-stars out of five. In 2011 the saloon scored adult occupant 79%, child occupant 73%, pedestrian 62% and safety assist 71%. This compares to the 2010 test of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class which scored five-stars, adult occupant 86%, child occupant 77%, pedestrian 59% and safety assist 86%.

Standard safety equipment includes;

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Airbags front and side (driver and front passenger) & side curtain airbags, Cornering Brake Control, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Pedestrian Contact Sensing System - Automatically deployable bonnet and Front seat belts pre-tensioners with whiplash protection system.

If your car is fitted with adaptive cruise control you can set a forward alert, which warns you of impending doom but it doesn’t offer autonomous emergency braking which is a shame.


We tested the Portfolio model therefore our car was equipped with the Meridian 825W high premium sound system with CD/DVD, DAB Tuner. Connectivity includes a front media interface with USB and iPod connectivity plus Bluetooth telephone.

There is a 7 inch colour touch-screen display which controls the audio/satellite navigation and heating controls.  The satellite navigation system is powered by HDD mapping, although it is clear there is some lag and full postcode entry is a bit hit and miss, especially out in the countryside.

With the Meridian sound system providing faithful sound reproduction, it is a pity the rest of the system is a little dated in its design when comparing the latest technology available to its competitors - some of which offer smartphone connectivity, Wi-Fi hot spots, internet access and apps. We understand that Jaguar is addressing this issue as we write.

  • Audi A6 Avant
  • BMW 5 Series Touring
  • Mercedes Benz E-Class Estate
  • Volvo V70
What We Liked
  • Great engine
  • As good to drive as the Saloon model
  • Beautiful styling
  • Premium brand
  • Performance and handling
  • Exclusivity
What We Disliked
  • The boot is a little on the small size, don't expect to fit in an array of Great Danes or a chest freezer
  • Some of the Tech is feeling left behind
  • The interior is beginning to shows it age

We prefer the Jaguar XF Sportbrake to the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series Touring, it is great to drive, beautifully designed and we enjoyed every moment of our time with it.

However it is slightly flawed as an estate car, it is not big enough to make a convincing load carrier, relying a little too heavily on its sporting profile.  But it drives exceptionally well, in some ways it feels better than the Saloon (very subjective) and would certainly be our choice out of the two models as it offers more versatility.

19 November 2013 Melanie Carter
Jaguar XF Road Test Data
Model ReviewedJaguar XF Sportbrake 3.0 V6 Portfolio 275PS
Body Type5-door Estate
ColourRhodium Silver Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph6.1 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
Transmission8-Speed Automatic
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)163 g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Extra Urban54.3
Insurance Group42
Euro NCAP RatingTBT
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 19/11/13)£51,505 plus options

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