Form an or­derly Q

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Pre­mium is its scream­ing 3.7-litre V6 — a lit­tle out of place in a limou­sine like this — which works so well with the seven-speed auto, revmatch­ing on down­shifts to keep the power con­stantly on tap.

It’s thirsty, down­ing 10.2L/100km on test.

The GT shares the glo­ri­ous V6 but has a dif­fer­ent over­all feel thanks to 18-inch wheels, nar­rower tyres and stan­dard sus­pen­sion. The ride is softer and the steer­ing less sharp but that’s not a bad thing — if any­thing it feels more set­tled than the Sports Pre­mium.

Even in base GT spec, the in­te­rior is re­fined and lux­u­ri­ous, if un­changed from 2012. The cabin’s flow­ing lines sweep across the dash and down into the doors.

The hy­brid GT Pre­mium im­pressed three-and-a-bit years ago with its bru­tal ac­cel­er­a­tion, smash­ing the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.3 secs. It con­tin­ues to im­press, as much as the steer­ing fails to, feel­ing a lit­tle lumpy and re­sis­tant to quick changes in di­rec­tion.

As a rear pas­sen­ger for part of the way, I’m re­minded that Q70s re­ally are lim­ou­sines with more than am­ple legroom and raised seat­ing po­si­tion for broad views ahead. The ride again is smooth and com­fort­able, the cabin quiet even on coarse-chip coun­try high­ways. The Q70 is good value-for­money in all grades, its 3.7-litre V6 is mar­riage ma­te­rial and the ride is su­per com­fort­able.

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