Jaguar XF review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Big boot, plenty of space and a comfortable ride mean the XF covers many bases
The XF’s impressive usability stems from its improved rear access and legroom, because despite the low roofline it’s easy to climb into the back. There’s acres of space once you’re in there, so even taller adults should be comfortable on longer journeys. Comfortable seats mean it’s easy to while away the miles, helping you feel fresh when you reach your destination.
The XF is 1.88 metres wide, and the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class have narrower dimensions. It means there’s plenty of width in the back, so space across the rear bench should accommodate three adults for shorter trips.
It’s also slightly longer than its German counterparts, and slightly higher too. However, the narrow window opening and flowing roofline helps to elongate the car’s elegant shape, making it look lower and longer than it is. A sensible ride height makes it easy to get in and out of.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Despite the tapering roofline towards the rear of the car, there’s ample headroom in the back, and with a large wheelbase, passenger space inside is maximised.
At 540 litres, the XF boasts a bigger boot than the BMW 5 Series (520 litres) and the Audi A6 (530 litres). It’s a good shape, too, so should take nearly everything a company car driver or family can throw at it.
But if you need even more space, Jaguar offers a split-folding 40:20:40 rear seat as an option, which increases luggage room to 963 litres. Plus this configuration, with a foldable middle seat, helps accommodate long loads.
As you would expect, the Jaguar XF has a range of braked towing capacities based on engine and transmission choice. That being said, the 2.0-litre diesel that features throughout the XF range comes limited to either the maximum or minimum towing capacity depending on which state of tune you opt for. Also, at the top of the XF tree there's the 3.0-litre V6 diesel, which is capable of towing 2,000kg.
In this review
- 1Jaguar XF reviewJaguar's latest XF is desirable and very good to drive, making it a genuine rival to the German alternatives
- 2Engines, performance and driveSmooth performance and slick auto gearboxes define the range – but the 2.0 diesel is a bit noisy
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsNew test procedure hasn't helped the XF's economy or emissions figures
- 4Interior, design and technologyModern design, plenty of tech and extra space make the XF a great place to sit – but material quality could be better in places
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingBig boot, plenty of space and a comfortable ride mean the XF covers many bases
- 6Reliability and SafetyStrong standard safety kit and good Driver Power results, but customers question XF reliability