Jaguar has managed to reinvent itself by revamping its luxury car range.
But now that the XK, XF and XJ are established as strong contenders in their respective classes, it’s time for the company to expand its line-up.
As well as introducing the new F-Type sports car, Jaguar has added the practical Sportbrake estate to the XF range. It’s designed to take on the best executive estates on the market, so it comes with a vast boot that’s littered with useful touches, while the model choice mirrors that of the XF saloon. On its road test debut, we try the more powerful of the 2.2-litre diesels offered in Luxury spec.
However, the Jaguar’s rivals in this test are two of the most versatile cars you can buy in any price bracket. The Audi A6 Avant offers a mix of practicality and upmarket hi-tech luxury that’s tough to beat, while the economical and sharp-handling BMW 5-Series Touring is an equally tempting alternative.
Can the XF Sportbrake cut it against such strong rivals as Jaguar moves into this competitive market for the first time?