Jaguar XF S Sportbrake – This may not the first time the XF has been changed into wagon form–the Sportbrake variant of the first-gen XF was are available in Europe–but with high-end competition across showrooms, now is primary time to bring the XF wagon to the U. S.

“We give you a manual transmission F-TYPE, inch says product rep Karen Rodriguez, “but before that some may have said we were playing in a safe space. Now, as part of your we want to be known as the driver’s brand and it’s vehicles similar to this that will get us there. ”

The second-generation XF arrived in 2016 with an even more aluminum-intensive construction and updated features, so that it is as looking forwards to primetime as the aging XF platform can be. Not merely did the wagon transformation involve a minimal investment for the U. S. market, it enabled the $70, 400.00 XF Sportbrake to participate in buzzworthy premium offerings like the Volvo V90 and Mercedes E400 wagon.

Among the only overt visual links to taller F-Pace are XF Sportbrake’s curved taillamps, and the tenuous connection is not a bad thing. Though storage capacity isn’t very definately not its crossover stablemate’s, the XF’s center of gravity lends it higher agility as well as a cooler visual existence. Jaguar designer Wayne Burgess, a part-time rock artist who would probably use the storage capacity for sound equipment, suggests that the Sportbrake’s silhouette is similar to a drawn bowstring. The analogy is totally credible, and more than a whiff of that sense comes alive in the driver’s seat.

Jaguar XF S Sportbrake

The 380-hp powerplant’s 332 lb-ft of torque feels palpable at low rpms and brings strongly throughout the add some opuch range. 0 to sixty mph requires a said 5. 3 seconds. The engine sound isn’t specifically loud–those big, round wear out pipes apparently prefer to be seen, not heard–but the ability to deliver healthy, stealthy acceleration is totally in keeping with the Sporbrake’s off-the-radar identity. Portugal’s glassy smooth tracks provided little challenge to the suspension, though a standard self-leveling system at rear promises to keep your tail from sagging when loaded up.

While the $72, 100 First Release model includes a 10-inch multimedia touchscreen, an 825-watt Meridian audio system, and a new gesture control function to open and close the roof window blind, the XF Sportbrake is less of any technical head to de force than it is an exploration of packaging capability. The two tons of mass are aided through the sides by torque vectoring, which was evidenced during our 200-mile drive by the palpable odor of pads in the hard sides.

In addition to the smell, the efforts of the brakes are effective; the Sportbrake dances with sharpness and fluidity. Call the drive mode to the game setting and accelerator gets somewhat over the top with responsiveness, rendering it a challenge to increase smoothly out of sides. But the chassis underpinnings are available and so are a few nice Jaguar-specific interior touches like the rim of wood around the dashboard.

One thing that does not work so well: Jaguar’s notorious cylindrical shifter knob, which rises away of the center system. The feature remains a stubborn effort at different-ness, one that yielded more than a few occasions of frustration when making quick u-turns in restricted quarters.

Our lunatic perimeter of enthusiasts may be well acquainted with the dynamic features of a low-slung wagon, which happens to be enjoying a calm resurgence in the high quality market. While the majority of American car purchasers have yet to understand the allure, Jaguar is right to take the XF S Sportbrake in to the mix, as it offers a different incremental vote for a genre Europeans have long acknowledged as a way to have your driver-focused pastry and eat it, too. It may be a niche in a specific niche market with limited sales probable, but the Jaguar XF S Sportbrake is all but guaranteed to bring a knowing grin to the minority of motorists willing to embrace the wagon.

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake Specifications

ON SALE November 2017
PRICE $70,450 (S), $72,100 (First Edition)
ENGINE 3.0L supercharged DOHC 24-valve V-6/380 hp @ 6,500 rpm,332 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
LAYOUT 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD wagon
L x W x H 195.0 x 82.3 x 57.8 in
WHEELBASE 116.5 in
WEIGHT 4,045 lb
0-60 MPH 5.3 sec
TOP SPEED 121 mph
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