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Infiniti Q50

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Published: 13 Jan 2015
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Infiniti puts itself on the radar of 3-Series buyers with the impressive Q50 junior exec

Good stuff

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

Bad stuff

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

Overview

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.

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Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

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