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The BMW casts its long shadow as darkly over this saloon as it does any other of the new The Lexus IS, the Cadillac ATS, the new small Jaguar and the Alfa Giulia, they’ve all got to define on the Bavarian’s terms. They can the 3-Series all they like, but be very obvious if they to better it. Or they could the BMW and do something a bit different.

But if they go too far they risk missing the centre of gravity.

Well, has gone down the latter aiming at people who just much like the flavour of or who maybe just fancy a bit different for once. The company accepts that the Q50 is going to fewer copies than the Well, in Europe, it’s to, as it doesn’t offer the choice of or engines or options.

But, instead, it offers things that BMW doesn’t. In that no one offers.

Exhibit A: the Direct Adaptive Steering, or This actually severs the mechanical link between the wheel and the rack. It is, literally, You turn the wheel, and it decides how turn to apply by a motor on the

Another motor at the steering supplies the feedback it calculates you Actually, there are three deciding these things, and is a conventional steering column but normally disengaged. If one of the brains has a with the other two, a engages, and it’s back to

How your hand movements are onto front-wheel angle on speed: the virtual steering gets lower as you drive so the car is agile at slow speed and round mini-roundabouts with twirling but isn’t twitchy fast sweepers. In fact, you can into the menus and alter map, opting for a generally one or a generally slower one. You can weight too.

But the heaviest, fastest settings false. This speed-dependent is just one posited advantage of the and it seems slightly better and more natural than mechanical attempts. But there are advantages to the entirely by-wire It works smoothly and effectively the lane-keeping system. Also, no tramlining or kickback over bumps (which the 3-Series from), because there’s no link.

It follows that as no need to isolate kickback the rack doesn’t require bushes, so actually the steering is precise in its initial take-up.

of course, it can’t deliver road feel. Various can work out when the grip is approaching, and at that point the weight you feel through the wheel. It works, up to a point.

But, to be honest, it’s not in the diesel. The standard steering fine — better at the though it’s muzzier to up as you turn in. The suspension’s intrinsic still gives you slightly steering. Sure enough, the DAS was in the sport-chassis V6 hybrid I tried but was the improvement down to the DAS or the all-round set-up?

Still, the diesel have a nice cushy which is worth more for daily driving.

Exhibit B in quest to be different: the info, and online package involves two and a rotary controller. It gives you to a spectacularly configurable car plus a suite of apps. I like two screens, as it means the top one can always maps and arrows, while you can use the one for entertainment and apps. That you don’t miss a vital while your passenger is tracks.

But, astoundingly, although screens are standard, the two of them entirely different graphic and fonts. The cabin is otherwise and finished with some love, but this mismatch like it’s still in

Exhibit C: the styling. Not just but out. While it’s a basic three-box, four-door it is more pillowy and creased and than the opposition.

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Note the wavy bone line the shoulders and bonnet, and the reverse in the C-pillar.

But there has to be a limit to different. That other contender, the Lexus IS300h, against the near-ubiquitous 4cyl with a CVT hybrid. Although you can buy the Q50 with a combo of V6 electric and eight-speed auto, the mainstream is motivated by about as regular an as you can imagine. A 2.1-litre diesel, 170bhp and the choice of six-speed or seven-speed auto.

In that Infiniti isn’t going an off-piste.

Who makes 2.1-litre, 170bhp and seven-speed autos? Mercedes-Benz.

Those specs alert us to the that Infiniti-Nissan is leveraging its tie-in with Mercedes to that powertrain. So it feels the Mercedes engine, gamely its power across the low-to-mid is falling away when the is near the big 4,000rpm. Rather generation in its noise and harshness, but economical.

The auto ‘box too is Benz: smooth when you let it do its own but infuriating to override. Most of the Q50 don’t get paddles, so you have to use the gate on the lever, which is set up to front and always interposes a delay before shifting. like a no-brainer to save 10g/km in CO2 (down to 114) and go for the instead.

Obviously, the Q50 will sell than the G37 it replaces, but when did you see one of It’s a tricky thing to be without being invisible and given that there are eight dealers in the entire you can see how Infiniti’s scarcity won’t end any soon.

Verdict . Comfy car, nicely made, distinctive if a bit operatic-looking. Not the sports car pretend.

Stats . 2143cc, turbodiesel, RWD, 170bhp, ft 58.9mpg, 124g/km CO 2 0-62mph in 143mph, 1669kg, £31,900

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