The Jaguar XF Saloon and XF Sportbrake are siblings with radically different personalities. The Saloon suits those that want the prestige associated with the body style, whereas the latter is better suited for families that favour a larger boot and a more workman-like image.
The Saloon's boot size is 540-litres rising to 963 with the rear seats folded flat.
Sportbrake capacity, in contrast, is 550-litres (to the cover) and 1,675 with the seats folded. These figures assume the presence of a tyre repair kit rather than a spare wheel.
The Sportbrake also has more headroom for rear passengers thanks to its longer/higher roof. Although the roof radically changes the look of the car, it does not impede its seeping profile, beautifully sculpted bonnet and purposeful nose.
But the Sportbrake is more than a big boot and a nice looker.
This sibling – in certain forms – has extras such as a tailgate the closes electrically via a button.
It is also available with optional features that make transporting cargo easier and safer. Highlights include a luggage guard that prevents – in the event of an accident - cargo leaping from the boot into the passenger compartment and causing injuries.
This complements the load space retention kit that incorporates rails in the floor, the telescopic rod, and retractable strap.
Jaguar XF Engines, Performance, Fuel Consumption And Equipment
The Jaguar XF Saloon is available with a wide range of engines, all teamed with smooth and responsive eight-speed auto transmission.
Diesel options include: 2.2-litre 163PS, the 2.2-litre 200PS, the 3.0-litre V6 240PS and the 3.0-litre V6 275PS. Petrol options include: 3.0-litre V6 340PS, the 5.0-litre V8 510PS and the 5.0-litre V8 550PS.
The Sportbrake is available with all the diesel engines but only the most powerful petrol. This impressive range – each of which gives the vehicle a radically different personality - ensures there is something to suit virtually everybody.
Motorists with an eye on fuel economy can choose the smallest diesel engine, the 2.2-litre diesel, which averages 57.7mpg. It can hit 62mph in a decent 10.5 seconds.
Drivers looking for something faster should opt for the 5.0-litre 550PS V8 petrol engine, which can reach 62mph in 4.6 seconds and averages 24.4mpg. This leviathan is badged XFR-S.
Significantly, the handling and ride are supreme in every form. And that brings us to equipment. The XF is available in: SE, SE Business, Luxury, R-Sport, Premium Luxury, Portfolio, XFR and XFR-S form. All have luxurious gadgets. Highlights include adaptive cruise control that adjust speed to maintain a safe distance to the vehicle ahead, headlights that bend a beam of light in line with the steering to maximise visibility, satellite navigation, plus a push-button start.