Jaguar XF Sportbrake vs Merc CLS Shooting Brake
Style, space, speed. Which would YOU choose?
Posted: 15 Feb 2013
Both are diesel, with torque curves as flat as the still water on the lakes around here. It's the Jaguar you expect more from - chiefly because it has an S badge on its back. It has a fraction more power, a little less torque, a mere 30kg less weight. It's claimed to be half a second quicker to 62 mph, and it may be, but that'll only be down to its snappier, superior eight-speed automatic gearbox.
But, in general driving, it is busier - the shifts, though smooth, are more frequent, the gearbox not giving the engine enough of a chance to use its torque, always trying to whip through its bottom four ratios as fast as possible. The Merc, in contrast, digs deeper, uses each gear for longer, seems to have worked out it's less proficient at the business of gearchanging (and it really is), so tries to do so less frequently. It's swings and roundabouts, although I'm of the opinion that if you have all this torque
you should be able to use it.