Predictably enough, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake’s primary difference inside from the saloon is felt from the back seat rather than the front. The overhauled rear cabin’s most discernible enhancement is the 48mm of additional headroom afforded by the longer, less curvaceous roofline.
Where once an XF’s passengers were squeezed into a soft-touch porthole illuminated only by the saloon’s slender windows, the Sportbrake’s occupants have squared-off, light-capturing, Range Rover-like door frames, redesigned seats and a bowler hat’s worth of space up top to enjoy.
It’s an appreciably nicer experience behind the front seats and makes the new variant a worthy consideration for all Jaguar XF buyers – not just those interested in additional load space.
That’s there, too, but you need to go looking for it. Leave the rear seats up and, under the tonneau cover, the wagon gains no advantage over the XF saloon’s 550 litres. Load up above the window line and you’ll find plenty more room, though. In terms of overall cargo space, the Sportbrake is on a competitive footing with the BMW 5 Series Touring and Audi A6 Avant (the Mercedes E-Class estate is well ahead of the field). Its flush and quite long load compartment, floor rail fixing system and powered tailgate make it a flexible and accessible space, too.