Infiniti Q70 Test Drive Review
10 April 2015
Nissan's premium brand Infiniti has moved to become more fleet-relevant with the introduction of a new Mercedes-sourced 2.2-litre diesel engine into the BMW 5-series-rivalling Q70.
Why is it interesting?
The 170hp unit, coming only with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, takes the Q70 down to 129g/km, helping the executive saloon under the capital allowance-relevant 130g/km point for the first time.
How are the running costs?
BusinessCar's whole-life cost provider KwikCarcost can't give an indication of running costs due to missing data from Infiniti, but indications are that the residual value will be some degree away from that of other premium brands.
Any other business?
The interior is plush, and the Q70 looks classy and different enough from the main executive saloons to turn heads, but the drive is badly let down by poor steering, which feels frustratingly artificial, and an engine that sounds a little raucous without propelling the car as quickly as you'd expect.
Combine that with a high list price (although standard kit is generous) and the strong likelihood of higher running costs, and it makes the Infiniti tricky to recommend against such impressive, efficient and well-rounded rivals as the BMW 5-series, Audi A6, Mercedes E-class and Jaguar XF.