ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
The Q70 sedan is very quick, with a lively 330-hp V6 and a smooth seven-speed automatic that returned 21-mpg overall in our tests. A V8 and a V6 hybrid are also available. But the transition between electric and gas mode in the hybrid is too abrupt. Handling is quite agile, with communicative steering. The firm ride is compliant but trails the competition in terms of plushness. The car is relatively quiet, with some engine noise at high revs. Interior quality is top notch, and the rear seat is roomy, although the cabin ambience is austere. Conventional controls are easy to use. Blind-spot intervention is optional. An extended-length L version with a roomier rear seat is new.