Is the 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake a Good SUV Alternative?

Edmunds special correspondent Elana Scherr gets nostalgic for childhood with a test drive of Jaguar's station wagon. Of course, the supercharged V6 and sleek European styling of the 2018 Jaguar Sportbrake are a far cry from the wood-paneled sleds that normally come to mind when someone says "station wagon." Can the Sportbrake win buyers back to cars from SUVs with superior interior luxury and Jaguar handling? We drop the pedal, and the tailgate, to find out.

Q: Is the Jaguar XF Sportbrake rear-wheel-drive?
A: The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is all-wheel-drive with a rear bias, meaning that it sends more power to the rear wheels but adjusts that ratio when needed, for example, when driving up a slippery hill.

Q: What are the engine options for the Jaguar XF Sportbrake?
A: The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is all about being a performance shooting brake, aka wagon. It shares an engine with the F-Type, a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine that makes 380 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.

Q: How does the cargo space in the Jaguar XF Sportbrake compare with the Jaguar F-Pace?
A: The F-Pace offers 34 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 64 cubic feet with everything folded. The Sportbrake beats that with 31.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and an impressive 69.7 cubic feet with the seats folded down.

Read our review of the Jaguar XF here:

Edmunds – we help you find your perfect car with unbiased and useful reviews, advice, pricing and tools. Visit us at