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Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate (2012-2016) - Interior & comfort

The suspension is comfortable, but the Jaguar XF Sportbrake’s 2.2-litre diesel engine is noisy

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4.1 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

4.6 out of 5

Good luck finding a more comfortable car than the Jaguar XF Sportbrake for a comparable price. This car is great at transporting all its occupants in comfort, with seats that are soft and comfortable and suspension that's tuned to absorb and iron out bumps in the road effectively.

The only real downside is that the 2.2-litre diesel engine can sometimes get a bit loud, disturbing the quiet of the interior with a noisy rattle when you accelerate hard. Other than that, the Sportbrake is generally very quiet. Choosing the 3.0-litre V6 diesel does solve this problem, but it's an expensive solution.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate dashboard

The Sportbrake’s interior is the same as the saloon’s, so features loads of modern touches mixed with classic Jaguar luxury. The gear selector dial is a particularly neat feature, as it rises from the centre console when the ignition is turned on. In fact, the whole starting procedure feels like an event, as the starter button pulses like a heartbeat and the air vents open up in sync with the rising gear selector. Materials like aluminium, leather and wood veneer are everywhere inside, too.

Equipment

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake comes in four main specification levels: Luxury, R-Sport, Premium and top-of-the-range Portfolio. Even the entry-level SE model comes with rear parking sensors, keyless entry, electric windows, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a seven-inch colour touchscreen as standard. 

Dig deeper into your pockets to get the top-spec Portfolio and you'll also enjoy sat nav and full leather upholstery, plus heated and cooled power-adjustable seats. Compared to many of its luxury-car rivals, the XF is well equipped and therefore better value.

Options

The options list for the Sportbrake was vast. The car’s practicality could be improved by fitting options like a central ‘ski hatch’ in the rear seat or a bike rack that attaches to the tailgate. A tow bar can be fitted, too. 

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There’s no end of luxuries, either: a voice control function could be added to the infotainment system and Jaguar also offers adaptive cruise control that uses radar scanners to monitor the car in front and change speed accordingly.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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