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2019 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Luxury Estate Wagon

By Sue Mead, December 8th, 2018

In the U.S., consumers don't really call a vehicle a "wagon" instead, such vehicles are called "utility vehicles," or "crossovers." Only Subaru and Volvo have managed to succeed with their wagons, which appeal to a niche audience seeking practical cargo and people carrying capacity.

Manufacturer photo: The new 2018 XF Sportbrake is a premium wagon a compelling combination of design, driving dynamics and advanced technologies that make it a standout performer
Manufacturer photo: The new 2018 XF Sportbrake is a premium wagon a compelling combination of design, driving dynamics and advanced technologies that make it a standout performer

Jaguar also has a wagon, only they call it an "Estate," or a "Sportbrake." Developed as a progression of Jaguar's XF sports sedan, the stylish XF Sportbrake provides more interior space and carrying capacity in a dynamic package that looks elegant but is still incredibly practical.

The Sportbrake features familiar XF design cues up front, but there's no mistaking its wagon-like backside and the cavernous space available inside. Abundant user-friendly and high-tech features make the Sportbrake the perfect companion for customers with active lifestyles.

Available in two all-wheel-drive trim levels -- the XF Prestige starting at $64,575, and the S starting at $71,215 -- the Sportbrake returns Jaguar to the premium estate, or luxury wagon, segment with a compelling combination of design, driving dynamics, and advanced technologies that make it a standout performer.

Paired with an eight-speed automatic, the Prestige model is powered by a 296-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder intercooled turbocharged engine, with 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The S-trim model is powered a 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine with 332 lb.-ft. of torque that is also found in the S-badged XF sedan, F-Pace, and F-Type coupe and roadster.

Manufacturer photo: The new 2018 XF Sportbrake is a premium wagon a compelling combination of design, driving dynamics and advanced technologies that make it a standout performer

The XF Sportbrake features Jaguar's three-way system Configurable Dynamics package, which allows drivers to adjust the steering settings, throttle map, and gearshift modes to their preference. The 2019 Jaguar XF Sportbrake also features an intelligent AWD system that promises to deliver unsurpassed dynamics and traction without diminishing the rear-wheel-drive characteristics associated with Jaguar vehicles.

The XF Sportbrake is the perfect choice for customers with active lifestyles and features a series of new optional convenience features that enhance the practicality of the premium wagon, including Jaguar's wearable Activity Key technology. The waterproof, shockproof rubberized wristband features an integrated transponder to support active lifestyles by allowing owners to lock their conventional key fob inside the vehicle while they enjoy outdoor pursuits and activities wearing the advanced wristband.

Its sleek silhouette projects a dynamic and purposeful profile that encompasses more than 31 cubic feet of trunk space. Jewel-like LED headlights up front are joined by thoughtfully positioned puddle lamps that illuminate the area behind the hood. In profile, the slim windshield pillars and roofline help deliver an elegant coupe-like impression while simultaneously optimizing visibility.

Providing enhanced practicality without compromising visual appeal or aerodynamic efficiency, the low-profile roof rails are capable of supporting a maximum roof load of more than 220 pounds.

The interior design combines the quality and simplicity of the XF sedan with the added space and practicality of a wagon. A layered instrument panel wraps into the door panels, giving the cabin a crafted premium feel.

Manufacturer photo: The new 2018 XF Sportbrake is a premium wagon a compelling combination of design, driving dynamics and advanced technologies that make it a standout performer

Advanced technologies are seamlessly integrated alongside traditional features such as high-quality soft-grain Windsor leather trim. Perforated grained leather seats and a choice of finely crafted finishes are available; ambient interior lighting completes the elegant cabin space. Dual-zone climate control, standard heated seats, and one of the industry's largest panoramic sunroofs all ensure that traveling in the Sportbrake is the automotive equivalent of flying business class. When retracted, the dramatic roof provides rear passengers with an uninterrupted view of the sky.

A 40/20/40-split rear seat provides flexible seating and folds flat to allow drivers to optimize the interior accommodation to suit their specific cargo demands. Rear occupants benefit from enhanced knee room and improved headroom, while the practical layout creates more than 69 cu.-ft. of load space behind the first row. The rear load cover protects valuable items from prying eyes and automatically partially retracts when the gesture-activated hatch is opened, returning to the closed position when the tailgate is shut for absolute hands-free convenience.

Specifications

Base price $64,575 (as tested: $65,570)
Curb weight 3,885 lbs.
Displacement 2.0-liter
Engine type intercooled turbo 4-cylinder
Epa mileage rating 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 19.5 gal.
Horsepower (net) 296 at 5500 rpm
Overall length 195.1 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 295 at 1500-4500 rpm
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Vehicle type 5-passenger AWD wagon
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