Jaguar XF ‘Sport­brake’

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The first Jag wagon to be of­fered in Aus­tralia comes at a time when the Brits are busily build­ing things they said they never would – SUVS. One rea­son they said this was be­cause it would dent sales of their es­tates (as they call them in Blighty). Thing is, not all of the rusted-on Jag cus­tomer base was fussed about head­ing up into the ‘F-pace,’ and so along came this ap­peal­ing ‘XF’. Firstly, it’s hard to go past the lithe (and lengthy at 4.95m) sim­ple beauty on of­fer here; a car that looks far bet­ter than its sedan sib­ling and which also man­ages to turn heads (granted, less then the Audi). In­ter­est­ing to know, this was de­signed to com­ple­ment the sedan and not as an af­ter­thought. It drives equally as well as its (only slightly) shorter sib­ling too – our loan the 3.0-litre diesel V6 that de­liv­ers 221kw of power and 700Nm of torque. Not sur­pris­ing, es­pe­cially given that lat­ter fig­ure, it’s a car that shifts – though it’s ad­mit­tedly not as ma­ni­a­cal or as much fun as the ‘RS4’. The in­te­rior’s more spa­cious than ex­pected and the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem’s one of the eas­i­est out there (with a 10.2-inch screen) and, if you must know, the boot, with rear seats laid flat, can carry a large fridge freezer. Of course it can. Avail­able now, from $90,400; jaguar.com.au

THE STATS HAV­ING BEEN DE­SIGNED AS A SEDAN , WITH THE WAGON COM­ING AS AF­TER­THOUGHT, THE ‘XF’ IS EL­E­GANT, NOT TO MEN­TION REA­SON­ABLY PRICED AT ONLY $90,400 .

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