Three engine choices are available. The GT-Line and GT-Line S trim levels come with either a 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 247 horsepower, or a 2.2-litre diesel with 200 horsepower. Both are strong and flexible, giving strong acceleration when you need it and relaxed progress when you don’t, and both work really well with the slick-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox. There are manual paddles by the steering wheel if you want to shift cogs yourself, but even so, there’s no proper manual mode; after a few seconds of manual shifting, it’ll revert to full auto mode, which might annoy those that want more control.
The petrol is a shade quieter than the diesel, and for more of the time, but in fairness, the diesel only gets raucous when you work it hard, which you very rarely have to.
The performance-focused GT-S, meanwhile, has a twin-turbocharged, 3.3-litre V6 petrol engine with a very serious 370 horsepower, which is more than the Audi S5 Sportback, BMW 440i Gran Coupe, but slightly less than Jaguar’s XE S. However, all those rivals are considerably more expensive, even before you start ticking options boxes.
The GT-S will hit 62mph in less than five seconds, which is seriously quick, and the power is delivered in a smooth, linear fashion. It’s understated in its approach to speed, rather than a screaming, adrenaline-filled thrill-ride, which is well suited to the character of the car.