There are moments when the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake drives like the sporty luxury car it looks like, but it’s mostly undistinguished — particularly the cabin.
Most luxury automakers have abandoned the mid-size wagon in the U.S., turning their attention instead to the surging SUV class. One of the few holdouts is Mercedes-Benz, which still sells the E-Class wagon — a much more luxurious alternative to the XF Sportbrake that’s also less expensive (see their specs compared here).
Hang around enough car enthusiasts and you’ll learn many of them have soft spots for wagons, preferably with a manual transmission. And a diesel engine. In other words, the unobtainium of the automotive world. I understand why this kind of car is appealing — good cargo space, fuel efficiency, low-end torque and an engaging driving experience — but it’s not the body style most car shoppers today want.
The XF Sportbrake, though, has the makings of an enthusiast special, even if it doesn’t check all the boxes. Based on the XF mid-size luxury sedan, the Sportbrake’s body style is sleek and stylish, with a low-slung stance and intimidating face with gaping grilles... Read More