Jaguar XF Sportbrake vs Merc CLS Shooting Brake
Style, space, speed. Which would YOU choose?
Posted: 15 Feb 2013
That's a bit of a surprise, but, as with the exterior dimensions, the figures don't tally with the findings. Try loading something large and awkwardly shaped into the Merc's more, erm, triangular-shaped load area (taller at the back than near the bumper) and you'll struggle more than you would in the rectangular Sportbrake.
But is that the point? Not really. The idea of these two is that they're large enough to cope, not so big as to look bulbous and create the wrong impression. And here's the thing: while I wanted people to imagine that inside was nothing more than my wife and me on our way to do some skydiving or spend a five-star weekend in the country, the reality on the other side of the darkened glass was two small children, two bikes, four pairs of wellies and many coats, hats and scarves. Both cars coped with these trials and tribulations, and that's more than enough.