New Infiniti Q50 Hybrid AWD Review
Infiniti Q50 Hybrid AWD Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System
The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid AWD is one of the finest compact executive saloons ever created by mankind. Firstly, this top of the range trim benefits from the manufacturer's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System. This ensures that – in normal conditions – 100% of the engine's power is sent to the rear wheels. That suits sporty motorists as a rear-wheel set-up helps turn sharply/accurately through corners. However, if a wheel is struggling for traction – perhaps because the road surface is wet, icy or muddy - the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive System can automatically transfer up to 50% of the engine's power to the front wheels. Torque can also be sent from side to side. The result is a luxury car which inspires tremendous confidence in a wide range of conditions.
Infiniti Q50 Hybrid AWD Performance, Fuel Efficiency And Carbon Emissions
The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid AWD balances immense power with fairly low fuel economy. How? Via the 3.5-litre V6, 306PS, petrol engine and its 68PS electric motor. It can, therefore, cruise at 50mph using only the motor which is powered by lithium ion batteries. Naturally, this saves petrol so the official fuel consumption figure is 41.5mpg (average). This rises to 53.3mpg on the extra-urban cycle and only falls to 29.4mpg in town. Carbon emissions are 159g/km which is less than some small family cars. As Vehicle Excise Duty is based on emissions, this high-spec trim can be taxed for only £180 at the current rates (year one and subsequently). When more power is required, the petrol engine and motor combine to produce 364PS. The result is 0 to 62mph in 5.4 seconds which is fast for any car – and very fast for a big, fuel efficient, executive saloon.
The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid AWD Styling And Equipment
The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid AWD has muscular lines to help it stand out from lesser saloons. This beautifully sculpted bodywork is protected by Scratch Shield Paint that self-heals light scuffs. Furthermore, the interior is supremely comfortable thanks to the supportive leather seats, intuitively laid-out cabin and generous proportions. Standard equipment includes its: voice recognition system, reversing camera, push-button start, tyre pressuring monitoring, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and a hill-start program that stops it rolling on slopes. The Q50 Hybrid AWD also has the I-Key that - among other things - allows the motorist to unlock the doors and boot while its key is in a pocket. What a fantastic specification. Prices start from £41,625.