OX Test Drive the Infiniti Q50
The first thing you notice when assessing the Q50 is how enormous it seems from the inside. Cruisers of this class are often spacious but the Infiniti is a cut above.
With ample legroom and boot space, I knew that this machine would be ideal for a long trip to the coast or a far-flung business meeting before I’d even pressed the start button.
My suspicions were confirmed when I looked at the technology and features – the car features an option to remember 2 seating plans of your choice and adjusts automatically when entering and exiting. The interface has everything you need and more, but the option Direct Adaptive Steering has to be the best feature: you turn the wheel and the car decides how much turn to apply by a motor on the rack, so steering ability is second-to-none. There are 2 displays which can provide you information and entertainment whilst remaining on the satnav at all times, which is a huge benefit to most. The cabin seems meticulously engineered, and the interior of the car screams quality. From outside the Q50, the exterior is mean but classy, well-finished with lots of curves whilst maintaining a sharp aesthetic.
After I’d assessed the Infiniti’s design, it was time to decide if the performance lived up to expectations, and I wasn’t let down. The drive is exceptionally smooth, and the power distribution is truly amazing for an automatic (flappy gears are still an option). The change from 2WD to 4WD is another nice touch, and means that you get the perfect amount of force transferred onto the road.
The Q50 has been built with a hybrid engine, and whilst everyone knows hybrids benefit from greater fuel economy and lower emissions, the Q50’s power has not been compromised.
The acceleration will have you glued to the back of the seat, and at times the Infiniti Q50 feels more like a high-end sports cruiser than its price would suggest.
A highly recommended machine. A businessmen’s cruiser.
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