Infiniti Q50 2 2D Premium Automatic Review

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Infiniti Q50 2.2D Premium Automatic Review

Infiniti has been around for longer than people might think, since 1989 to be exact.  With cars being sold in America and Canada, the brand entered the European market in 2008.  As they continue to grow Infiniti have become title sponsor of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team and worked with multiple World Champion Sebastian Vettel who is now their Director of Performance; a man who has been central to the development of the latest Infiniti model, the Q50.

Infiniti Q50 Exterior and Interior

The Q50 is a rival to the BMW 3 and Audi A4 and although it has a menacing front grille with LED lights, it isn’t quite as good-looking as the German competitors from the rear. Twin exhaust chrome tailpipes add sportiness as do the alloy wheel upgrades.

However, the interior is a different kettle of fish. It is well thought out, the dashboard separating the driver from the passenger with wave-like sweeping lines and associated quality being at the premium end of car design.  With keyless entry and a start button to get it going, for a driver it is a joyful experience.

  Leather comes as standard throughout the range with extensive research used to produce NASA-inspired zero-gravity seats; what other car has those seats in!  They ease pressure points on your body to help to ease fatigue on long journeys, with an electronically adjustable driver’s lumbar support, there are no excuses to find the perfect driving position.

Passengers get enough rear seat room while the seats can be split 60/40 to help large loads be put in the boot. For families, the clips are in good positions for fitting child seats.

In the boot there is a deep 500 litres of space, although I’m not sure about the boot rising towards the front of the car making the boot not level.


Infiniti have also catered for the iPhone generation with their Infiniti InTouch system which is viewed on the dual touch-screens. They are available with all the information you’ll ever need about the car, including fuel economy, G force (questionable information while you’re driving), tyre pressure, navigation, media and settings for steering and driving mode.

With the possibility to download apps you can hook up your smartphone via USB, AUX-in or Bluetooth.  A downside of the dual touch-screens is the lower 7-inch one has a high gloss finish to it, so sticky mitts end up leaving marks all over it.  Navigation can be a bit hit and miss and seemed to take us via the moon to get to our destination.

Most frustrating.

The rear view camera appears on the top 8-inch screen and is a nifty tool to help you park as the car has cameras on both sides to make it appear on the screen as if you have a 360 degree ‘Google Earth’ view around the car.

Infiniti Q50 Engine and Driving

Direct Adaptive Steering is a unique selling point of the Q50 which uses electronic steer-by-wire technology.  Using the touchscreen you can change the steering weight to suit the roads and your needs; lighter for easier maneuverability or heavier for a sportier feel.  Steering is very responsive when heavy mode is selected, but in standard it can feel quite light and feedback is quite slow.

We drove the 2.2d diesel engine and although it’s 2143cc it should in effect be called the 2.1.  The four-cylinder turbo-diesel produces 170PS with 400Nm of torque which really pulls you out of junctions and slow corners.  The rear-wheel drive Q50 is available as a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic.

  It goes smoothly through the gears, but engine can be a bit noisy at the top of the rev range.

The 2.2d returns very impressive fuel figures at 58.9mpg, we managed 52mpg and were surprised to find how far we went on one tank of fuel.  We did over 680 miles before refuelling and still had a range of 80 miles to go.  The manual emits 114g/km of CO2, while the diesel 124g/km.

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For those wanting something punchy, then there is a 3.5h Direct Response Hybrid also available using a V6 engine producing 302PS and an electric motor which shoots to 62mph in 5.1 seconds.

Infiniti Q50 Safety

The Q50 comes with technology such as Active Lane Control.  Aided by the Direct Adaptive Steering it keeps the car between the lane markings through the correction of the steering.  A world-first is Forward Collision Warning which reacts to the distance and speed not only the car in front, but the one ahead of that.

  High Beam Assistant, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning and Intelligent Brake Assist Plus are just a few of the safety gadgets on the Q50, along with 6 airbags.

Infiniti Q50 Pricing

This Q50 model costs from Ј31,900 with options such as an electric glass sunroof costing Ј880 and a multimedia pack adding an extra Ј2,760.  The base Q50 SE model starts at Ј27,950.  It is priced well to compete against its rivals, it is a car that surprised us at how good it is and if you want avoid the German brands then the Infiniti Q50 is well worth a drive.

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