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2014 Infiniti Q50 Review: GT, 3.5 Hybrid S, AWD Hybrid S Premium


What’s Hot: V6 hybrid, lean thirst, handling and beautiful ride

Not: Heavy-handed interior uninvolving ‘sound’, overactive control

2.2d (listed) 5.2 (tested) 8.5 l/100km

3.5 Hybrid RWD 6.8 l/100km; (tested) 8.3 l/100km

3.5 AWD (listed) 7.2 l/100km; (tested) 8.6


Can this be the one? Infiniti finally have the car is going to put the brand on the map?

the all-new mid-sized Q50 . is a fine It’s what we’ve waiting for from Infiniti, and it has it.

It’s also priced to the rug from under the medium/premium of ‘the establishment’ — the IS. BMW 3 Series. et al.

Under the bonnet, the Q50 has got the to match them toe-to-toe. Add a premium interior to go with it, and s suddenly a new contender in town.

a day in the saddle, and after giving the 2.2 diesel and 3.6 litre hybrid variants a thorough workout, convinced of this new one from

The V6 hybrid is particularly impressive. fast — you’d no less from a premium saloon — and abstemious, it less than the diesel on test, and it’s beautifully and comfortable on-road.

So how many boxes does leave still to tick? Not maybe dealership presence and of servicing will linger as marks.

The Q50 is also sized and looks sharp in the metal . The drooping nose, cab-back and hipped haunches give it a sporting aesthetic than is in photos.

It’s not known for the of its lines, Infiniti, but this one More to the point, it goes.

there are some compromises to be but we’re impressed with the Especially the V6 Hybrid.

If you can find way to an Infiniti showroom, we think you be too.

As interiors go, this half bad. With softly textured leather and an ‘engineered’ look to the polished highlights, few could argue the premium quality feel.

A let however is the heavy-handed curved dominating the dash. Infiniti it a double wave, but it looks down-market and lacks the restrained of its European competitors.

That we like the twin screens of the stack and the styling and functionality of the and instrument binnacle.

It looks and it works well; particularly the look and In Touch smartphone (with app-style icons) and features of the lower screen.

The leather seats are generously and very comfortable front and (And the long raking door provides superb vision from the rear

In every model, front are heated and electrically adjustable 8-way in the GT, 10-way in all other — as is the rake and reach steering wheel.

A nice also for all models, is that the s seat moves down and the lifts automatically to aid entry and

The DAB+ digital radio, Bluetooth, audio streaming and audio in the entry model GT is and clear; but move up a peg to the S and S Premium and the clarity and imaging of the Bose (with Advanced Staging whatever that is) is exemplary.

So, while the Q50 lacks a little for this is a very smart quiet, comfortable, loaded features and beautifully finished.

for a surprise when you get behind the Big news with the Q50 is the ‘Direct electric steering on S models and S (The GT makes do with electric power steering.)

Not “electric”, drive by wire, by wire — a world for a production car. There is a system there for emergencies, but it is disengaged (via an electric when the ignition is turned on.

is the future, all-electric steering. spooky, but it works.

There are touch-screen selectable ratio Sport, Standard and Eco, a Personal setting allowing a mix match.

Sport is very direct, but heavy (and wearing a while). Eco is simply too flabby by my and Standard about right of the time.

It provides reasonably feedback through the wheel automatically compensating for small instabilities and surface irregularities.

a series of high speed on a closed mountain road, we the best setting was a combination of (for its increased ‘rack’ combined with Standard for its weighting .

Compared nose-to-tail the hydraulic sytem in the GT, the difference in — in rapid directional — is starkly evident.

The system is significantly faster. In when showing the Q50 the whip, you re-adjust to its speed and accuracy, find yourself ‘tipping a little too eagerly.

We are not fully of its feel generally — too much like a block of in Sport — but it adds a of driving refinement and is effortlessly in normal driving and less-focussed

Across the board, the handling of the Q50 is

It is, of course, a compromise — car is for the commute for the executive classes In the default setting, it allows give at the front end to provide the ride buyers will be for in a daily driver .

When are ratcheted up however for a squirt a set of bends, the dual character of the Q50

While it is softer down and has a longer-travel feel from its wishbone front end than the 3 or A4, and rebounds more on sudden it sits impressively flat cornering ‘at the limit’.

Seb was involved in testing in setting up the Q50 s tuning according to Infiniti, too. Whomever, and with how involvement aside, the Q50 feels when really pushed.

the entry model 2.2d (sourced from Daimler

Thanks to the 400Nm it puts the toe, it is deceptively quick though there is a little lag at revs, quite nicely

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(The sound it makes even when stretched to the is gravelly and uninteresting, which is a

The V6 petrol Hybrid is far the better

With 268kW and 546Nm to on (50kW and 290Nm tipped in by the motor), it s an eager and robust despite also producing a uninteresting sound at the twin

It pulls like a train asked (0-100km/h in the mid-5s), for our test at least, bettered the for fuel consumption when the same stretch of road and the heavy foot.

What we liked — it intrigued us in — was the way the V6 turns silently off at speeds. If load drops, it just the electric motor to do the and sometimes for long stretches at a (And absolutely undetectable re-firing.)

The only downside on-road is the traction control. In Sport, it is enough to give the back end a bit of — you can bring the tail quite readily — but heavily on things should the end begin to break.

When it it leaves nothing under the toe it gathers things up. BMW and Mercedes in get this balance in the handling

ANCAP Rating: 5-Stars

features: The Q50 is of course fully-featured ABS, adjustable speed view camera, front and parking sensors, tyre monitoring, ISOFIX mounting front to rear curtain side airbags, driver and airbags. and, in S and S Premium distance control assist, and spot monitoring among a of premium safety features.


Yes, Infiniti’s new Q50 saloon, is a convincing car.

The perhaps a little less so the V6 Hybrid, but each capable and machinery.

And here’s the problem: car is good enough to sell good enough — you d to think — to bring a lot of new buyers into Infiniti

That simple fact a perfect Catch 22 for Infiniti: it has showrooms.

The question then how far will you travel to check one Because let me tell you, new Infiniti Q50 is worth a fair old

If you’ve been looking at the 3 Audi A4 or Lexus IS, and you’re for ‘bang for your buck’, you now to factor in one more.

Infiniti has a lot of car to you if you’re prepared to cast a eye its direction.

We think you will something surprising: that, this Q50, with features and this performance and V6 Hybrid Infiniti has quite hatched the best buy of the moment in the sector.

All things considered, for it does and how well it does it, the one I’d lean to at the dollars That very impressive V6 most particularly.

Related Reviews at TMR

Q50 GT — 2.2 diesel $51,900 ($56,809 drive-away) drive-away through Feb-Apr).

Q50 S — 2.2 diesel — ($64,197 drive-away)

Q50 S — 3.5 — $67,900 ($74,597

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