All cars come with self-levelling air suspension at the rear, while our model’s adaptive dampers worked well, too, offering a cushioned ride even though it was fitted with large 20-inch alloy wheels. Flick the suspension from Normal to Dynamic mode and the car fidgets around a little more, but it rarely feels too firm.
The standard XF’s sharp steering and tight body control remain entirely intact, while the strong engine range is lifted across almost unchanged.
Jaguar design studio director Wayne Burgess told us that it’s much easier to design a wagon from the outset than to adapt a saloon shape to fit; it’s an issue both he and design boss Ian Callum faced with the previous-generation car.
As a result, the new Sportbrake is sleek, stylish and practical, offering plenty of leg and headroom in the rear. Handy features such as the electric tailgate, tie-down points and luggage nets in the boot make this Jag more practical than ever before.