Infiniti Q50 first drive review

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Sam discovers Infiniti’s latest model should have car makers concerned.

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Execution is about everything in a luxury doors are designed to shut a reassuring thud, materials and are supposed to be smooth and soft to and cabin noise is meant to be eerily quiet.

Tellingly, something as complex as an entry hybrid blending a relatively purchase price, genuine savings and swift driving is a considerably tall order. the new Infiniti Q50 Hybrid: the Japanese s bold offering which claim to all of the above.

The Q50 joins an cohort of entry-level luxury immediately positioned against the BMW , Mercedes C-Class , Audi A4 and IS .

Infiniti Q50 first drive

2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

Infiniti is eyeing off the lower end of the in terms of pricing, with the released Lexus IS250 from $55,900 plus believed to be squarely in its sights.

In the metropolis that is Southern where Drive sampled the Q50 this week the Infiniti s down stance reaffirms the upscale brand s intentions for a rear-drive sports sedan, in the model we drove which was the optional 19-inch wheel and package.

Soft-touch leather seats embossed with Infiniti create a strong impression of Those seeking out a tacky clock in the centre cluster instead find a pair of touchscreens one 8.0-inch upper and another 7.0-inch lower to keep tabs on audio, control, navigation, as well as drive mode and safety selectors. The accompanying 14-speaker stereo is among the finest you ll come across in a luxury

While the Q50 Hybrid doesn t the same minute attention to as some Euro rivals in the and shape of the steering wheel, for the cabin offers adequate and leg proportions for its five passengers, the exception of slightly tight leg in the second pew.

Under the resides a 3.7-litre V6 engine to an electric motor, producing a maximum power output of and 365Nm of torque. The electric is powered by a lithium-ion battery and t appear to have a drastic on weight; Infiniti claims a rating of 1775kg.

It s upon that the Q50 becomes most Pressing the push button near the steering wheel is met uninterrupted silence as the electric does its thing. The brakes terrifically proportioned for a hybrid albeit ever so spongy, and the is well coordinated.

There are five driving standard, personal, snow, and eco. Activating the latter via the toggle reverts the Q50 to its most setting, producing a reported return in the order of 7.5L/100km official). The setting enables the car to between electric power and the V6 effortlessly and harmoniously; on long for instance. When called on, the unobtrusively kicks into until the load is lightened

The petrol-electric teaming is among the effective and seamless on the market, in its ability to run on electric-only power comparatively heavier throttle

In eco mode only, there is a two-stage accelerator which a false floor to encourage fuel economy.

Then, flicking the toggle to sport the Q50 begins to exhibit its true abilities.

The 3.7-litre V6 exudes a soundtrack as the car races away to from rest in under 5.5 (the unofficial time is 5.1 It s a truly visceral sports car we only imagine the all-wheel version (which isn t coming to Oz) be yet another step ahead.

The seven-speed automatic offers flexibility in all applications, as does the clutch-pack hybrid system a dry clutch before the transmission and and a wet clutch after to smoothen transitions.)

The change in driving characteristics is met a distinct sharpness in the car s steering and The suspension is accommodating in all settings but the steering system a world does take some used to. On first impression, it a tad artificial and less communicative its rival Euro models.

But we temper that by pointing out there is a huge level of to tinker with, in effect the driver to dial the effective of the steering setup.

Road in the Q50 is fairly commendable, though not leading. However the hybrid less drivetrain, particularly whirring, noises than other examples.

The Q50 boasts a suite of safety technology a new active lane control, automatically adjusts for uneven surfaces or crosswinds using a forward collision warning, departure warning and prevention, monitoring and an around view with moving object

While specs and pricing t confirmed at this stage, Australia is also understood to be two other engine variants its global alliance with . a four-cylinder turbo diesel and petrol common with the brand s C-Class variants.

Is the Q50 good enough to truly the Euro brands? We ll officially judgement on that until we get it on more engaging roads it arrives next year. For it s setting a new direction for the Infiniti — and with bold too.

18 comments so far

Sounds a solid effort by Infiniti. see it rivaling the IS250 though. thing is King.

Commenter The Location Date and time 12, 2013, 7:43PM

In what It has the performance of a Camry at 2x the price. The IS 250 is a of space.

Maybe if they it or add an electric motor it’s sense, otherwise the IS350 be the entry level, but at IS250

Commenter daffy Location and time September 13, 2013,

The IS250 is a 6 Cylinder RWD Sports and a Camry is a 4 Cylinder FWD Commuter They might share the engine capacity but are very cars.

The only car that can be mildly considered as a tarted up is the upcoming ES350 which is to an Aurion Presara. They are on different platforms but share components. Build Quality, wise, they are different.

Andy Location Date and September 13, 2013, 10:54AM

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@ Andy

Comprehension 101, I compared the performance to the Camry. The is totally gutless for the money and a poor value proposition. The Toyota had in making this the engine for years, while the of the world got the IS350 made it worse.

Commenter daffy Date and time September 13, 1:23PM

The drivetrain is similar not the same) as the current top of the range hence unlikely be priced to the base IS250. At least at I would guess.

Commenter DES Date and time September 13, 1:52AM

Am I the only person that basic 3.7L drive plus manual = win

Commenter Trogdor Location and time September 13, 2013,

Trogdor, having just a G37 Convertible — which is heavy for it’s size, I can that the 3.7 is a superb engine, and yes combined with a lively wheel drive chassis, the are a brilliant car to drive.

Win Indeed.

G Man Location Canberra Date and September 13, 2013, 11:32AM

all come with a manual in the box.

Commenter Tin Location and time September 13, 2013,

A Japanese car will always be a car. A working horse never break down. The is quite ugly inside I prefer a Euro car that down after the warranty run but at least I’m enjoying the

And a good excuse to upgrade 3 years.

Commenter Daz Location Date and time September 13, 9:30AM

I prefer a Euro car breaks down after the run out. That’s a very assumption Daz. There are reports they break warranty and you still have to pay for

How can you then enjoy the drive if car is at the workshop?

Commenter President Location Australasia Date and September 21, 2013, 10:19AM

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