Euro NCAP Infiniti Q50 Safety Conclusions
The Infiniti Q50 has received Euro NCAP's five star rating which proves it is one of the safest luxury cars on the planet. The rating incorporates scores from four areas: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist. Assessors noted that in the Adult Occupant Category - for which this saloon claimed eighty-six percent - the passenger compartment “remained stable in the frontal impact” test and offered “good protection” to the knees and femurs of both driver and passengers. Furthermore, they were satisfied that it provides “a similar level of protection” to occupants of various sizes. The Q50 also took eighty-five percent in the Child Occupant Category. Within this it received maximum points for the protection of “one and a half and three year” old infants. And that brings us to the Pedestrian Category for which the vehicle received sixty-seven percent. Credits include the active bonnet that – should the front of the car strike a pedestrian – lifts to create more clearance to the hard structures beneath. As such the tests showed “good or adequate protection to a pedestrian's head over the whole bonnet surface”. Finally, the Q50 took eighty-one percent for the Safety Assist Category as its electronic stability program is effective, there is a seatbelt reminder system for every occupant, and the driver-set speed limiter meets the required standard.
Infiniti Q50 Overview
The Infiniti Q50 is more than a safe car. It does, in fact, have numerous clever features such as bodywork that directs airflow over its surface in a manner that sucks the car to the ground. This minimises the effect of wind at high speed. Furthermore, it has Scratch Shield Paint that self-heals light scratches. It is nicely equipped too. Highlights include the Around View Monitor that provides a 360 degree view via four cameras and a colour screen. Its purpose is to make parking straightforward. The Q50 is also pleasant to drive as it corners beautifully and has a supportive ride. Power comes from a 2.2-litre diesel engine that can be teamed with six speed manual or seven-speed auto transmission, and sends 170PS to the rear wheels. The result is 0 to 62mph in 8.5 seconds which is fairly fast. This power plant averages a pleasing 64.2mpg (58.9mpg auto). Alternatively, the 3.5-litre V6 Hybrid Auto trim – that has a 68PS electric motor - produces 364PS in total, hits 62mph in 5.1 seconds and returns 45.6mpg. These figures impress. The Hybrid is also available in a slightly slower and thirstier four-wheel-drive guise. Such strengths have made this saloon a 2014 World Car of the Year finalist and Canada’s Top Luxury Car 2014.