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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Infiniti Q50

Overall verdict
If you like the baroque styling and can find a dealer, go for it.


It's different without being oddball. Feels well-made. Hybrid's performance


Navigation option is a crazy price. Auto box on diesel is sluggish to over-ride


What is it?

You might not be familiar with Infiniti because it’s newish to Britain and has few dealers. It’s Nissan’s posh brand - the same relationship as Lexus has to Toyota. It’s also got its name on the side of the all-conquering Red Bull F1 team, if that makes you take it more seriously.

The Q50 is a mid-size rear-drive saloon, and the mainstream version has just the specification to rake on the established and obvious rivals including the BMW 320d and Mercedes C220. It uses a four-cylinder diesel (borrowed in fact from the Mercedes). But the top-end version is more of an oddball, a ‘performance hybrid’ with a V6 petrol plus electric assistance.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
3.0T S Sport Tech 4dr Auto
5.1s 206g/km 31.0 405 £45,765
The cheapest
2.2 CDi SE 4dr
8.9s 114g/km 65.7 170 £29,640
The greenest
2.2 CDi SE 4dr
8.9s 114g/km 65.7 170 £29,640
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