Jaguar XF Sportbrake vs Merc CLS Shooting Brake
Style, space, speed. Which would YOU choose?
Posted: 15 Feb 2013
So I find the Merc more satisfying under power, but the Jag more satisfying to drive. Perhaps even more satisfying than the saloon, as the balance appears to be spot on - you feel no extra weight, just lovely, light, accurate steering that breeds confidence. You wouldn't describe it as languid, because that implies laziness, so how about lithe? The way it sweeps around corners, and lays satin over rough surfaces is brilliant. It's undemanding and yet rewarding - you get out of it far more than you put in.
The Shooting Brake strives to hit these heights but narrowly misses. The XF on 20s rides better than the CLS on 19s; the CLS feels heavier, there's more sag in the suspension and it has to try a little harder in every area. Where the Jag is naturally talented, the impression with the Merc is that it's had to put in the long yards.