Jaguar XF Sportbrake review - Practicality & boot space

Not an area where the Jaguar XF Sportbrake has much to worry about

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If you’re looking at executive estates like the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, it’s likely this section will be important to you. If you’re in a rush, know it’s a practical car that matches the 5 Series Touring, but plays second fiddle to the E-Class Estate in this area.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake interior space & storage

The slightly cramped rear seats of the XF’s predecessor have been dealt with for this latest model, and it’s spacious in the back. Legroom (unless you have a really selfish occupant in front of you) is ample in the rear and the slightly tapering roofline fails to have an impact on headroom. The glovebox and door bins are well-sized and shaped, although the central cubby under the front armrest is shallower than you might imagine, being deep enough for a wallet and phone, but not much else.

Boot space

Raw numbers first: at 563 litres, the XF Sportbrake’s boot is a scant three litres larger than that in a BMW 5 Series Touring, but depending on the model, nearly 80 litres shy of the wardrobe-swallowing E-Class Estate. Drop the individually (40:20:40) folding rear seats and space rises to 1,700 litres, which is the same figure BMW quotes for the Touring and 120 litres down on the E-Class.

Data is all very well and good, but you’ll be impressed when you actually see the boot. The power-operated tailgate is the first positive point, while the numerous lashing points are also welcome. With the rear seats folded, the flat load area is another strong point and the XF Sportbrake’s sleek lines definitely don’t come at the expense of practicality.

Towing

Jaguar quotes a braked towing limit of 1,900kg for the XF Sportbrake, matching that of the saloon, while the unbraked towing limit is the usual 750kg you’ll find on the majority of cars.

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