On idle, the 2.0-litre turbo diesel motor is vibe free and feels quite refined. With good levels of insulation, it ensures the cabin remains extremely silent, which means the passengers are secluded from the road noise, be it at city speeds or out on the highway. Making segment’s highest output of 215bhp of power at 4,000rpm and 480Nm of torque between 1,500-2,400rpm, the Gloster is available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and AWD layout. And it also gets driving modes - Auto, Eco, Sport, Mud, Sand, Rock, Snow – as a part of the Terrain Selection.
Slot the lever in D, let go off the brake, and the Gloster moves forward in a smooth and progressive manner. There are no jerks from the gearbox as it works through the cogs seamlessly. It prefers to shift at 2,000rpm. On the move, it doesn’t feel like a heavy car lugging its weight at any speed, even with four passengers and their luggage at the back.
And for quick overtakes, the surge of power kicks in past 2,500rpm and remains there till 4,000rpm. While at it, the Gloster manages to pick up the pace with absolute ease. Switch to Sport mode and the motor becomes more responsive. Although there's a tradeoff here – under 2,000rpm in the Sport mode, it feels slightly jerky. But go past that and it is quick under acceleration.
For city commute, the diesel has a predictable behaviour which is easy to work with. But say, you slow down after a speed breaker, then get on the gas, and you can hear the engine growl before it upshifts. However, it’s more of a hum rather than a diesel clatter. As for highway manners, it can maintain triple-digit speeds all day effortlessly. The Gloster then should be great for long-distance touring.
Coming to the gearbox, we noticed that the shifts are throttle-dependent. With an easy right foot, it shifts at 2,000rpm. Go slightly heavier on the throttle and the gearbox will shift at 3,000rpm. And if you put the pedal to the metal, the gearbox will shift at 4,000rpm, just before the redline. Even the kickdown is quick and seamless. On the other hand, when slowing down, the downshift of the automatic gearbox is smooth and jerk-free as well. And if you take shifting into your own hands, there are paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel. There are no delays between you pulling the pedals and the gearbox response.