The newest luxury brand to the UK sure is making waves and has gone from nothing to a five-model line-up, with more to come. We’ve already tested other models in the Korean brand’s line-up and here we drive the latest, the G70 Shooting Brake. And it’s an eye-catching design, with a fastback-style appearance that competes more with the Audi A5 Sportback than A4 Avant. Think of it as a more practical G70, with greater versatility and you’re pretty much there. What is clear is that the luxury brand from the parents of Hyundai and Kia are serious about making inroads into the premium segment with some seriously good products.
You’re not going to mistake the new Peugeot 308 for anything else on the road but, while the design-led exterior is cutting edge, there’s not much that’s innovative about the diesel parts that sit under the swish bodywork. It sits on top of the EMP2 platform, a chassis development that underpins everything from a DS 9 luxury saloon to the Citroën Dispatch van.
While many car makers are throwing in the towel when it comes to diesel, in some quarters, notably the Germans, it’s still the mainstay of their model ranges. And when it comes to Audi and BMW, diesel is powering their sporting flagships. Here we test the sportiest 3 Series G20/G21 diesel of them all, the G21 M340d xDrive Touring. And what a beast it is, with 335bhp on tap, plus an extra 11bhp thanks to its mildly hybridised drivetrain, together with a hefty 516lb ft of torque.