We head down to Ikea and put the Jag's boot to the test - just how much can we fit?

I jumped at the offer of the Jaguar XF for a weekend, before realising what my Friday night had in store for me: yet another trip to Ikea.

Plenty of questions were fired at the XF’s guardian, Matt Burt, all asking about the car’s practicality. From memory, the Jaguar didn’t have the rear space and access of many cars out there, not least my current long-termer, the very different Seat Ateca, but the Jaguar’s spec sheet lists the boot as being 30 litres larger than the Seat’s, at 540 litres.

So, armed with a tape measure, I wandered over to our car park one lunchtime to scope the boot out for myself. I was quickly reminded how limiting the boot aperture is, and then there was the mystery of how to fold down the rear seats. Eventually I gave in and read the manual, which directed me to two (almost hidden) yellow levers in the roof of the boot. Bear in mind, too, that while our XF has the 60/40 split rear seats as standard, that’s not the case on the car’s two lower trims; they cost £420 extra. That might not sit well with some buyers, but it’s a similar scenario with the BMW 5 Series.

How did we fare at Ikea? It was a sedate spending spree, but the XF handled the job in fine style, easily swallowing a sizeable mirror and various household fripperies.


Price £49,995 Price as tested £61,920 Economy 41.6mpg Faults None Expenses None Last seen 30.11.16

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The second-gen Jaguar XF excels, especially with its class-leading dynamics, but does it have enough in reserve to keep the new BMW 5 Series at bay?

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21 April 2017
Rear seat passenger are some what compromised in my view.

Should be better than it is, in this type and size of car.

21 April 2017
Hold on a second, a 60/40 split rear seat is NOT standard, in 2017, on a lower spec luxury car???

And those gooseneck hinges that impede into the bootspace look like something from a Ford Orion. If a Peugeot 407 can have a cantilever hinge, why can't a premium car like a Jaguar?


21 April 2017
Presumably a seriously slow news day?


21 April 2017
Ho ho, having moved house recently, we are no strangers to IKEA. However, my humble Ford Focus hatchback rivals Doctor Who's Tardis when loading flatpacks aboard. And seat folding takes literally seconds.

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