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Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate (2012-2016) - Practicality & boot space

The Jaguar XF Sportbrake has a big boot, but it’s beaten by rival models

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Practicality & boot space Rating

4.2 out of 5

This is the whole point of the XF Sportbrake and the area where it's supposed to excel – but it doesn't quite hit the mark. Rear passenger space is good, though, and there’s plenty of interior storage and some clever practical touches in the boot to make up for its slightly disappointing outright capacity.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake estate interior space and storage

The Sportbrake’s length benefits rear-seat passengers most of all. The stretched roofline means even passengers over six feet high still have loads of headroom. Legroom is very good, too, which is what you’d expect for a car in the executive estate class. However, the space on offer doesn’t match what’s provided in the Mercedes E-Class Estate. 

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Storage space is very good, with a deep cubby in the centre console and a sizable glovebox both providing a decent amount of room for your odds and ends. The door bins can hold large bottles, too. 

A couple of 12V sockets are peppered throughout the cabin, which should keep the various electronic devices your kids use charged.

Optional iPad holders and coat hangers can further improve the car’s practicality and maintain the car’s status as a top choice for busy execs.

Boot space

It's no surprise to find a spacious 550-litre boot with the rear seats in place and if you fold them down, the capacity increases to 1,675 litres. That's still not as big as the Mercedes E-Class Estate, which offers maximum luggage capacity of 1,950 litres, but it’s still pretty decent.

Besides, the Sportbrake's slightly disappointing boot capacity is made up for by a few neat touches, such as a power-opening tailgate, shopping hooks and adjustable rails in the floor to help you secure smaller items. The boot proves to be just as luxurious as the rest of the car, with most models getting deep carpets, stainless-steel loading guards and LED lighting.

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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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