Nearly five years into the XF’s life, it remains best in class in many important ways. No other mid-size exec blends simple involvement with ample performance, excellent refinement, fluid handling and such a skilfully judged ride. None quite equals it as a driver’s car.
Our previous test of an XF produced a 4.5-star rating, but we’re docking half a star this time around. As an even smoother-riding XF, the Sportbrake is entirely fit for purpose, but its slight shortage of ultimate handling balance is regrettable.
A cabin that feels slightly tight – even a little antiquated here and there – now does much less to recommend the XF than it once did, and our test car’s economy was far from outstanding.
But it’s a very comfortable, practical and well mannered family car, with strong ownership prospects in most other respects and enough sporting pace and verve to merit a top two billing. Just.