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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake First Drive Review
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By: MotorTrend On: 12-29-2017 Model(s): With Jaguar now offering consumers two SUVs and an all-electric crossover arriving in the next few months, the idea of a Jaguar station wagon is not as shockingly iconoclastic as it was when the X-Type Sportwagon arrived in the U. 2018 Jaguar XF
Author Experience: Expert review

With Jaguar now offering consumers two SUVs and an all-electric crossover arriving in the next few months, the idea of a Jaguar station wagon is not as shockingly iconoclastic as it was when the X-Type Sportwagon arrived in the U.S. back in 2005. Indeed, the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake almost seems almost mundane. Mainstream, even. That’s selling it short.

The new XF Sportbrake is the first wagon Jaguar has offered in the U.S. since the X-Type Sportwagon was discontinued in 2009. It’s not the first XF wagon, however. A load-lugging variant of the previous-generation XF was launched in Europe in 2012, but as it was not available with all-wheel drive, Jaguar Land Rover North America declined to take it, for one simple reason: Many of America’s loyal cadre of premium wagon enthusiasts live in the weather-challenged northeast or northwest. For them, all-wheel drive is a must.

All of which explains the carefully nuanced specification of the 2018 XF Sportbrake.

Although other markets get a choice of engines and drivelines, America gets just one model, the Sportbrake S, with JLR’s familiar 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 under the hood and standard all-wheel drive. Equipment levels are high and include 20-inch alloy wheels, a gesture-controlled tailgate, full panoramic glass roof, and Jaguar’s Configurable Dynamics software. The price is high, too: $70,450. By contrast, the F-Pace S—same 380-hp, 332-lb-ft engine under the hood and broadly similar levels of standard equipment—looks a steal at $59,775.

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