The XF Sportbrake’s rear seats come as standard with a 40/20/40 split and the rear audio speakers have been moved from the parcel shelf (where they’re located in the saloon) to the rooflining to further increase load space. The XF Sportbrake can also carry up to 100kg on its roof, thanks to a 320-litre luggage box that’s on the new car’s options list.
Jaguar claims the new XF Sportbrake can tow up to two tonnes, which is 400kg more than the XF saloon and F-Pace SUV can manage. Even the lowest-powered Sportbrake can pull 1900kg.
Jaguar’s new estate is 6mm shorter than the previous XF Sportbrake, but its wheelbase is 51mm longer, an alteration that is claimed to improve interior room and enhance the car’s ride. Jaguar says its new estate model has an identical drag coefficient to the saloon, at 0.29.
The XF Sportbrake has an estate shape that, unlike the first-generation Sportbrake, was part of the design plan from the new XF’s very beginning. Jaguar design director Ian Callum said this early integration into the XF model plan enabled the team to create an exterior design that’s actually sportier than the saloon’s.
“When we did the first [Mk1] Sportbrake, it wasn’t planned from the start,” said Callum. “But this time, the Sportbrake has been designed in before, so we could change [the design] from the B-pillars [backwards] straight away.”
The car’s rear does away with the curvaceous design of its predecessor for a more aggressive look. It features Jaguar’s most recent style of slim tail-lights, ensuring the XF Sportbrake is in line with the F-Type sports car and the F-Pace SUV. Above the rear lights, the rear window line is heavily raked like the firstgeneration Sportbrake’s, but it finishes more abruptly at a continuous line that runs around from the side of the car and extends all the way to the front wheel arches.
“It’s better-looking than the saloon, I think,” said Callum. “It gives us the chance for a lovely sweeping roofline and a sense of movement. It’s a very elegant car. The window graphic has a very elegant shape.”
The front of the car is familiar from the XF saloon, as is the cabin, but the Sportbrake introduces a panoramic roof to the XF range. It also has a gesture control feature for the tailgate, which can be opened when a foot is waved under the rear of the car and the car’s key is within close range.
The same action can be used to close the tailgate as well, making the whole process hands-free. In order to prevent the automatically rising tailgate from hitting low ceilings in car parks and sheltered areas, a maximum opening height can be pre-set.