This is one area where Jaguars have changed almost beyond recognition since the days of the S-type and X-type. The top-spec XF estate demands a hefty entry ticket, but our residual value experts reckon that, should you make the move, you’ll get more back over four years than with an equivalent BMW, Audi or Mercedes.

The XF is predicted to retain more than 40 per cent of its value over that time, compared with mid-30s for its rivals.

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The XF Sportbrake should be worth ten per cent more than an equivalent Audi A6 over three years.

The XF is also proving relatively painless to own, according to customer satisfaction surveys, and there’s no particular reason why the Sportbrake shouldn’t continue the fine form of the saloon, which has finished as high as second overall in JD Power surveys.

Day to day running costs may prove less impressive, as the XF Sportbrake fell well short of its claimed fuel economy figures during our exhaustive road test. We averaged just 31.6mpg in the six-cylinder diesel S model. The lower powered 3.0 is unlikely to provide much respite, either, as its claimed economy figures are lower than that of the higher-powered version.

Plumping for the smaller four-pot will save you money, however, with both the 160bhp and 197bhp variants managing 55.4mpg and emitting 135g/km of CO2.

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Car review
    27 February 2015
    The second pure Mercedes-AMG model is a triumph of engineering and design, and should have rivals from Porsche and Audi worried
  • First Drive
    27 February 2015
    Dual motors and a power hike give Tesla's electric family car supercar acceleration - and the rest of the package is as strong as ever
  • Car review
    26 February 2015
    Flagship performance C-Class is more than ever a true rival for BMW's M3, and impresses with both its breadth of ability and its practicality
  • First Drive
    26 February 2015
    The new Renault Megane GT 220 is essentially a toned-down version of the hallowed Renaultsport 275, but does it have the required DNA?
  • First Drive
    20 February 2015
    Remember Mercedes' 6x6 monster off-roader? Well, this is the 4x4 version, and we've driven it.