The Jaguar XF saloon 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.

As a result, the saloon scores a 4.5-star rating. However, 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.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
The Sportbrake's lack of ultimate balance denies it a higher star rating.

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 the fuel economy of the models we've tested hasn't been 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 decent if not class-leading billing.

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