Infiniti Q50 3.0 Sport Tech - Fast And Furious
Andy Harris, Motoring and Property Editor
European luxury car buyers are not short of home-grown products into which to invest their hard-earned cash. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Jaguar are the obvious contenders.
Coupled with the fact that buyers are increasingly choosing to buy SUVs rather than the traditional three box saloon, this week's Infiniti test car is an intriguing proposition.
For those who don't already know, Infiniti is the luxury arm of Japanese manufacturer Nissan and is a relative newcomer to the UK.
The Q50 range begins with modest SE trim and a frugal 2.2-litre diesel engine for a little under £30,000. With a combined economy figure of 65.7mpg and low emissions of 114g/km CO2, this is the sensible choice.
My loan car however was fitted with a powerful 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine and came in top Sport Tech trim. Expect to pay £45,970 before options.
The headline performance figures are quite astonishing. Sixty miles per hour can be reached from a standing start in less than five seconds and once passed this benchmark figure, the silky smooth engine continues to pull strongly.
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I had expected to burn plenty of fuel during my busy week and was therefore pleasantly surprised to achieve 29mpg, slightly shy of the official 31mpg official figure. The car was driven with plenty of gusto too!
Spending most of my time with the Q50 on fast A and B roads revealed a well developed chassis. Body control is tight, the car cornering pleasantly flat and grip is there in abundance, at least in the dry. Wet roundabouts saw the traction control frequently intervene to keep me on the straight and narrow.
The ride is always firm and can get a little uncomfortable at times. My passengers commented.
Motorway cruising is a relaxed affair, with little wind and road noise to disturb the calm of the cabin. The adaptive cruise control was also most welcome and was allowed to take the strain.
The cabin is well thought out and extremely well equipped. The only significant option fitted was an electric glass sunroof (£880).
Space up front is fine, with comfortable multi-adjustable leather seats. Taller rear passengers don't fare quite so well. The 500-litre boot is well shaped and the rear seats fold flat for longer loads.
Those seeking to stand out from the crowd may well be drawn to the Infiniti Q50. The styling is distinctive and received favourable comments. In addition, those who revel in state-of-the-art technology are likely to be wowed by the dual touchscreens, controlling most of the cars functions including the satellite navigation and excellent Bose sound system.
Most will doubtless choose a diesel engined Q50, but they will be missing out on the electrifying performance the range-topping model affords.
Infiniti Q50 3.0 Sport Tech
Price £45,970 (£47,750 as tested)
2,997cc 405PS V6 petrol engine
7-speed automatic gearbox
0-62mph in 5.1 seconds
Top speed 155mph
Combined economy 31mpg
Emissions - 206g/km CO2
VED Band K
Infiniti Q50 3.0 Sport Tech - Fast And Furious, 2nd April 2017, 21:45 PM