Infiniti Q50 Styling, Engines, Performance And Fuel Economy
Infiniti has sold 50,000 Q50 saloons since the car’s launch in 2013.
The global sales figure is all the more impressive given that the car competes in the notoriously competitive compact executive class.
During its brief lifespan, the Q50 has been praised by motoring experts
It was a World Car of the Year finalist and claimed Canada's Top Luxury Car title in 2014.
Clearly, this machine has numerous strengths. These include the sleek and striking bodywork that is more than a thing of beauty. It is shaped to direct airflow over the vehicle in a manner that sucks it to the tarmac. This downforce ensures there is “zero” lift at the front/rear which minimises the impact of wind at high speed.
Furthermore, this saloon is available with two refined engines. The 2.2-litre diesel – that can be teamed with six speed manual or seven-speed auto transmission – sends 170PS to the rear wheels and propels motorists to 62mph in 8.5 seconds.
Pleasingly, however, performance is complemented by frugality as this four-cylinder power plant which averages 64.2mpg when teamed with manual transmission, and 58.9mpg in automatic guise. 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. The Hybrid also comes in a slightly slower and thirstier four-wheel-drive option that excels on slippery surfaces.
Infiniti Q50 Handling, Trim Levels And Equipment
The Infiniti Q50 is pleasant to drive in every form. The supportive seats and spacious cabin enhance the sense of serenity. Furthermore, it is available in various trims: SE, Premium, Sport and Hybrid. All have a rear view camera that makes reversing straightforward, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system, voice recognition and Active Trace Control. This – when necessary - brakes a specific wheel to help maintain the perfect line through corners. Higher specified models are also available with an Around View Monitor that provides a 360 degree, bird's eye, view of the surroundings via a camera on each side and a screen on the dashboard.
This minimises the risk of collisions while manoeuvring in tight spaces, e.g. parking. The cherry on the cake is the fashionable badge which particularly suits those that are tired of the over familiar competitors.
New Infiniti Q50 prices range from £27,950 to £41,625.