With 184lb ft nominally on tap from 1500rpm, it has proved itself worthy in previous applications, and we expected nothing less this time.
Perusing the figures, you might assume that the four-cylinder unit has delivered, given its 0-60mph time of 8.1sec, but the through-gear acceleration doesn’t provide the full picture.
Away from the compulsory business of driving flat out on Millbrook’s mile straight, the petrol motor proved to be surprisingly breathless at low revs, with its turbo lag made palpable below 2000rpm by a reticence to make decent headway even in the lower ratios.
This hesitancy can be avoided with more enthusiasm, of course, but a meandering reluctance to accelerate away from junctions in second gear does make the Q2 seem less biddable than it otherwise might.
Get over the initial hump and the pace smooths out into the kind of linear progress to which we’ve become accustomed, yet even here the engine fails to conjure up the kind of energetic top-end momentum that would have you testifying to its appropriately brisk 0-60mph time – or even the fact that it takes only 0.1sec more to get from 30mph to 70mph.