Wagons don’t get the attention they deserve, especially with the current crossover trend, but they make a great option for those of you looking for the handling of a sports sedan with the cargo space of an SUV. The new 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake fits this niche to a tee. We’re just glad it’s actually coming to the States sometime this winter.
Jaguar officially unveiled the XF Sportbrake this week. It’s the wagon version the XF sedan with the same sweeping sports lines implying speed and elegant fun.
“As with the XF saloon, every line on the Sportbrake serves a clear purpose… I think it looks just as sporty as the saloon, if not more so,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director.
It’s the same length too. It just pops up the back end and adjusts the body lines to match. There’s a nice rear spoiler capping it all off.
As a wagon, it is able to offer a ginormous panoramic sunroof spanning the full-length of the roof. A big ooh-ahh factor when your neighbors come around to peek.
It classes with models like the Audi A4 Quattro Allroad, BMW 5-Series, Mercedes E-Class, Porsche 2018 Panamera Sport Turismo, and all-new 2018 Buick Regal TourX. Note, BWM does not offer the 5 in a Sportswagon here but it does offer a hatch. A much less elegant and roomy option next to a wagon. There is a wagon of the less expensive BMW 3-series though.
The Sportbrake goes on sale globally with a variety of engine choices, including a diesel. However, the U.S. version only comes with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 with 380-horsepower. If you want less power you’re going to have to sacrifice room and go for the sedan which gives you a second 4-cylinder engine choice. But really, why would you do that.
You can opt for either rear- or all-wheel drive with 8-speed automatic transmission. An optional Configurable Dynamic system and Adaptive Dynamic dampers you fine-tune the transmission, throttle, and suspension to your personal liking.
One cool feature is a cabin air purifying system. It filters and ionizes the air and goes perfectly with your Smart water. Cool useful tech includes an Activity Key that’s waterproof and allows you to wear your key in a wristband form. There’s also a gesture opening – foot wave – tailgate for easy loading. The model is amazingly balanced with a 50:50 front to rear weight distribution rating and rear self-leveling suspension that keeps things even-steven even when your wagon is carrying all your high-class stuff.
It offers a third more cargo room than the sedan behind the back seats alone. Drop them down to a whopping 69.7 cubic feet of storage, which is equal to 194 pairs of sneakers; 215 footballs; 6,500 tennis balls; 27,800 golfballs; or one apartment size refrigerator. That’s more than your average compact or even midsize SUV.
The sticker on the 2018 XF S Sportbrake wagon is $71,445.