2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S Test Drive

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S

If you want to stand out from the crowd, I’ve got something for you!  Check out the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S.  This station wagon-of sorts-is sure to get some sort of reaction from everyone: whether it is a firm I love it or I hate it, there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground.

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S

Long and low with a swooping roofline, the Sportbrake has the classic Jaguar front end, distinctive lines, a rear spoiler, and two round chrome dual exhaust pipes coming out the rear.  The gloss-black 20” wheels finish out the unusual and distinctive appearance.

Whether or not you like the exterior, the Sportbrake is all-Jag under the hood with a 380-horse supercharged 6-cylinder hooked to an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters.  My tester is all-wheel drive, and you can go from a dead stop to 60-miles per hour in just 5.1 seconds.

Jaguar Interiors Always Impress

I’ve owned a number of Jaguars myself and my favorite feature is the interior.  As you enter the vehicle, rich, supple leather and hand stitching all around catch your attention.  The seats are soft and comfortable and as you look at the massive 12.3” configurable instrument display, everything is easy to read.  Gray wood surrounds you.

Hit the start button, and this Jag comes to life as the air conditioning vents flip slowly open and the rotary shifter rises from the center console.

Also on the console is where you can change the drive modes from standard, to Eco, to dynamic, and finally rain and ice.  Each changes the way the Sportbrake rides and handles.  You can also turn off the start/stop system, which is particularly annoying in this vehicle.

If you look up, you’ll see a massive fixed panoramic sunroof with an electric sliding shade, and center dash is the 10” screen that operates the Meridian sound system, the navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot, and houses the rear cameras. Everything is pretty simple to operate, but I have to note that the system is slow to go from screen to screen.

The interior is spacious and refined and there is a lot of room in the back seat, and those occupants can control their own temperature and can operate the sound system.  In the rear, the tailgate is power and can be activated by your foot. The back seat will fold completely flat and from the rear. Pull levers on each side of the rear compartment make it easy to fold the split seats down to open up 69.7 feet of cargo area.

Standard Features and Options

The Sportbrake comes fully loaded with ambient lighting, heated front seats, Bluetooth, keyless entry, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and a lot more.

My tester has a little over $13,000 in option packages including adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled seats, parking assist-which works great by the way-the black 20” wheels, soft closing doors, and traffic sign recognition.

Handling, Fuel Economy and What You’ll Pay

The Sportbrake handles more like a sports car than a wagon, acceleration is terrific, and it’s quiet inside.

Fuel economy is rated at 18 in town and 25 on the highway.  Total MSRP is $84,815 including destination.

The appearance will turn some off, and in fact, in an informal Facebook poll I did,  more people disliked it, than liked it.  If you want good cargo area, but don’t want an SUV, or if you want to drop the kids off at school and head to the racetrack, this may be the one for you.

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2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S

  • What I liked most:  Ride, drive, handling, power, and cargo area.
  • What I would change:  The infotainment system and start/stop are annoying.
  • MSRP: Base price $70,450, as equipped $84,815.
  • Fuel Economy:  Rated at 18 City/25 highway/21 Combined.
  • Official Color: Firenze Red exterior, Ebony interior
  • Odometer reading when tested: 2100 miles.
  • Weight: 4045 pounds.
  • Length-Width-Height: 195” long/82.3” wide/58.2” high.
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.5 gallons with the filler on the passenger side.
  • Towing Capacity: N/A.
  • 2018 Jaguar Sportbrake in a few words:  Probably isn’t going to be a big seller in the U.S. but those who buy one are likely to love it.
  • Warranty: 5-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, with roadside assistance, and complimentary maintenance. 
  • Final Assembly Location: Castle Bromwich, United Kingdom.      
  • Manufacturers website: Jaguar
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