Jaguar XF ‘Sportbrake’
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 .