Jaguar XF Sportbrake vs Merc CLS Shooting Brake
Style, space, speed. Which would YOU choose?
Posted: 15 Feb 2013
Lovely overall visual balance, arguably better than the Merc's, but doesn't it look big in comparison? I've always viewed the CLS as more saloon than coupe, but here, parked next to the glistening XF on the Kirkstone Pass, I'm amazed how much lower it is, how much sleeker and narrower and thinner. This is mostly misleading. The Shooting Brake is a solitary centimetre shorter, and actually wider by 4mm. It is 52mm lower, but it's the more sculpted design work that has done most to reduce the appearance of mass.
With the E-Class covering the estate basics, the CLS has this freedom to be more playful/less practical - all slopey tailgate, wing-profile window line and teardrop light clusters. Fully featured boot, mind. The tailgate whirs up electrically, the bootfloor is gas-strutted and there's a veritable plethora of load straps, rails, cubbies and hooks all arrayed around a boot that's a sight bigger than I expected. 590 litres big. Family-holiday big. Bigger than the 550-litre Jaguar big.