If you’re expecting similar points of difference in the driving experience, you’ll find more good news. This is a chassis well tuned for our roads, the ride in particular excellent. It’s BMW-like in its qualities, communicating exactly what the road is doing below you and how the car is interacting with it.
This, tied in with nicely judged body control, makes the G70 Shooting Brake quite the pleasant steer. It would be even more so if the steering itself was better. It’s very quick and springy around centre before some significant heft comes in after about an eighth of a turn, so it’s even hard to work out exactly what ‘feel’ the engineers wanted the driver to end up with. It takes only a journey or two to get your head around it, but there’s no BMW comparison to be found here.
Likewise with the powertrain, which is not as memorable as its headline figures suggest it should be in the way it responds to a driver’s willingness to interact with it. Much of that stems from the automatic gearbox, which is looking for a quieter life of wafting around rather than a desire to allow the driver to access the engine’s 241bhp and 260lb ft of torque. Still, temper that right foot and you’ll be rewarded with a junior executive car as quiet and refined as the best of them.
Yet a final elephant in the room remains with its efficiency, and the largest one at that. The car’s official economy and CO2 figures are only marginally better than a BMW M4 Competition’s, which makes this particular version of the G70 Shooting Brake look like it’s from another era on paper. Out on the road, we couldn’t get better than 28mpg.