By on June 14, 2017

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

It’s always nice to see a station wagon in North America. Crossovers may have caught on faster than fidget spinners in a wildfire, but they’ll never be able to offer the same diving dynamics of a lower-slug automobile — leaving room for wagons to persist.

Likewise, rebranding estate cars as shooting brakes or “sportbrakes” is helping give the niche segment some much-needed panache, extending its appeal beyond the true believers. Wagons have long since become an endangered species in certain parts of the world but, thanks to conservation efforts from several carmakers, we might not lose them entirely.

One of those companies is Jaguar. It has yet to abandon the cargo-happy bodystyle and has even seen fit to bring the XF Sportbrake to the United States for the very first time — possibly because it realizes wagon lovers are now one of the most underserved demographics in autodom. 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Image: Jaguar

It’s due later this year, appearing as a 2018 model, and is priced to start at $71,445, including destination fees. Aesthetically, it isn’t wildly different from the XF sedan but does provide an ample rump to store whatever goodies your upper-middle-class heart desires. Cargo capacity is 31.7 cubic feet behind the second row, yielding a grand total of 69.7 cubic feet of load space when the rear seats are folded.

The XF also boasts a two-ton towing capacity — roughly 4400 pounds — that Jaguar seems particularly proud of. However, you risk sullying the Jag’s good looks with the addition of a trailer hitch.

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Image: Jaguar

A 380 horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V6 is the only engine on offer for U.S. customers. It’s connected to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive. Jaguar claims the setup should be good for a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.3 seconds, which is certainly adequate for having a bit of fun. However, we’ve got out fingers crossed for a tuned-up SVR variant that will throw down with the Mercedes-AMG E63 wagon.

Jaguar promises the XF Sportbrake will deliver everything you expect from its vehicles, including an aluminum-centric body. Self-leveling air suspension is standard, as are LED headlights, LED taillights, power-assisted tailgate, and gesture controls for the panoramic sunroof. You get a lot for that entry price, but the higher than average sticker doesn’t guarantee everything you might desire. There is an air ionizer you’ll have to pay extra for. Jag’s Configurable Dynamics system is also optional.

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Image: Jaguar

There is also full suite of driver assistance and safety systems, though the automaker hasn’t specified exactly how these features are broken up. Assumedly, blind spot monitoring is standard, but Jaguar wasn’t explicit on whether or not features like drowsiness detection are included as standard.

Competition in North America will be limited to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon and Volvo V90 — both of which cost less but make fewer ponies. Jaguar says the XF’s “predicted high residual values and low running costs” will make up for the pricing disparity. 

2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake

[Images: Jaguar]

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25 Comments on “I Like Big Boots: Jaguar’s U.S.-bound XF Sportbrake Now Has a Price...”


  • avatar
    Steve_S

    Can we please get something that looks this good with this much power not by a luxury automaker?

    • 0 avatar
      Garrett

      Agreed.

      Wagons will only be niche vehicles until there is one that is compelling and affordable…and a V8 needs to be offered.

    • 0 avatar
      DearS

      At least we have the Civic Typer R, Focus RS and ST, and soon another WRX Wagon. Does not look as good as the Jag, but not bad cars.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      No!

      Only Astons look as good/better than Jags. And they sure ain’t any cheaper….

      Audi has it’s moments (A5 & regular wheelbase A8 are timeless), and I personally are starting to like some of the the crazy, cubist, “precrashed” designs coming out of Asia. But for overall, across the range, timeless style, Jaguar is where it’s at.

  • avatar
    stars9texashockey

    OK—this makes up for the ridiculous Jaguar “pace” things that look like Mazdas.

  • avatar
    brettc

    Very nice. About how many years need to pass before the 2018 model is in the 20-25K range?

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    It needs a stick, lower price, brown paint, V8, and deep depreciation before any “enthusiasts” buy it.

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      Sure. Enthusiasts will critique, comment, whine, praise, scream, and do anything but take the money and actually buy one new. And they won’t consider used until it depreciates below $10,000.00.

  • avatar
    deanst

    They expect high residual values and low running costs? That’s funny.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    Gesture controls, what a frightening thought. As if we need something that’s even more imprecise than a touchscreen. You’ll go from wanting a bit of ventilation, to opening the roof during a storm. The kids will find it hilarious.

    It would be nice if luxury car makers had more than gimmicks up their sleeves. Maybe better materials on the inside, and lighter/stronger materials in the platform? Put the money to good use, not gimmicks.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    Hope they sell a ton of them to inspire the Germans to bring over more of their wagons.

  • avatar
    phreshone

    Hooray… a wagon once again approaching the cubes of a Saab 9-5 sportscombi or a 1999 V70… Though at that price, I’ll wait for the Opel, nee Buick, to replace the aging 9-5 aero.

    If I was in the market for a all-out luxury car (sedan/CUV/SUV) this would be near the top of the list…

  • avatar
    genuineleather

    The E-class wagon, the decades-long dominant player in this segment, starts at $62k. Jaguar thinks they can charge $9k more for this less prestigious, less reliable, and higher depreciating competitor based on a sedan that’s already sales-proof?

    I have a feeling this will go over about as well as the X-type wagon…

    • 0 avatar
      derekson

      The E-class wagon’s price goes up very quickly with options. It seems like Jag is only offering a fairly loaded out configuration of this wagon, so the pricing shouldn’t be out of line for equivalent load out.

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      Judging by the moniker “Sportbrake,” as well as the swoopier design and overall less overt wagononess, I think Jaguar is aiming at a different buyer than the almost comically calm and grounded Benz.

  • avatar
    newenthusiast

    Its beautiful, its fast, and its powerful enough to tow.

    And its a wagon.

    They will sell hundreds a year I tell you…..HUNDREDS!/s

  • avatar
    Add Lightness

    The 159 Alfa (RIP) is still the most beautiful wagon ever made and they had 3 pedals.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    Limit the #s and sell them on bringatrailer.com. They’ll get $100,000 each and the site will even screen out all of the critical comments!


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