Jaguar XF Sportbrake vs Merc CLS Shooting Brake
Style, space, speed. Which would YOU choose?
Posted: 15 Feb 2013
So you settle back into the cabin and enjoy the ride. But the problem is that there are a few issues in here. The Sportbrake bodywork may be lithe and new, but the cabin design is getting on a bit now. The touchscreen is slow to respond and although well organised the lay-out doesn't quite have the clarity of the Merc's. Nor the quality.
It's not that the XF lacks in this regard, it's that the CLS is so strong. The damn thing's built beautifully. Tap panels, wiggle vents, press, squeeze, twist, do whatever you want, because you will not find a single weakness here. Well, not in terms of robustness, although the larger gentleman might find himself a little pressed for space - there are elements of coupe-dom in the proximity of the A-pillar and the way your legs tuck a long way under the dash. Quite conservative overall interior design, too - the boot is more rakish than the dash - but, all in all, this is a thoroughly pleasant car to be in.