Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon
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Review Of The Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon
The new Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon is a smartly styled, comfortable and quiet exec saloon that’s a strong alternative to the German big guns in this sector.
What the Infiniti lacks in badge appeal it makes up for in other areas. There’s lots of quality inside the cabin, it’s well kitted out and its interior is big enough so that four adults can travel in comfort and style.
OSV takes a closer look at what it’s all about with our 2018 Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon review.JTNDY2VudGVyJTNFJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGVGt2SUFzOXFDNVklMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBhbGxvdyUzRCUyMmF1dG9wbGF5JTNCJTIwZW5jcnlwdGVkLW1lZGlhJTIyJTIwYWxsb3dmdWxsc2NyZWVuJTNFJTNDJTJGaWZyYW1lJTNFJTNDJTJGY2VudGVyJTNF
On The Road
One thing the Q50 isn’t is exciting to drive. This is a major shame but it largely comes down to underwhelming steering. There just isn’t enough communication, and as a result, the car doesn’t involve you in the same way that a BMW does.
Adaptive steering is a £800 option, and this is meant to make the car more exciting to drive. It doesn’t; in fact, it makes it worse. This is a shame because the fact that digital signals – and not a mechanical link – control the front wheels is a world’s first.[vc_single_image image=”78385″ img_size=”article-image”]Moreover, advanced tech like distance control and lane keeping assistance further hamper your enjoyment by being too intrusive.
Infiniti offers lots of different chassis options with the Q50, but your choice is going to come down to whether or not you want rear or four-wheel-drive. However, the sole diesel engine is rear-wheel-drive only.
And this is another issue: There’s just one diesel to choose from. It’s a 2.2-litre unit that’s based on an old Mercedes power plant, although Infiniti has pounced on the fact that it comes with four cylinders and has consequently marketed it as their first ever four-pot diesel.
It’s a reliable enough engine, but it’s also a bit on the slow side. 0-62 is taken care of in 8.7 seconds if you stick to the manual transmission, but it never quite feels as fast as that. If you want an automatic ‘box, there’s a 7-speed auto option available. It cuts the diesels 0-62 time down to 8.5 seconds.
Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon Interior, Design & Build
[vc_single_image image=”78090″ img_size=”article-image”]One of the best things about the Q50’s interior is how well insulated it is. Infiniti has added a noise-cancelling system and it does a fine job of doing what it needs to do. The diesel makes a bit of noise on startup, but it calms down when you’re cruising. Put your foot down, however, and it will get rather gruff.
We like the car’s suspension setup, as it smooths out bumps in the road well. It’s not quite as smooth as some rivals, though.The car is stuffed with lots of hi-tech kit, and this includes two touchscreen’s that dominate the dashboard and centre console. The screen at the top measures 8”, while the screen at the bottom measures 7”. Both are bright and responsive, but it might not be too long before fingerprints show up on the glossy finish.
We like the Q50’s sat-nav; the route map stays visible whenever you want to change things.
Is the Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon practical? Its 500-litre boot is one of the biggest in this class, and the rear seats fold to let you increase capacity.
Other than that, this is a really spacious saloon that accommodates back seat passengers well. Four adults will be very comfortable on longer trips, and five will be fine on shorter trips.
An optional steering system lets you adjust the speed and weight of the steering, and this will prove useful in the towns and cities. Parking sensors are standard.
Equipment & Safety Of The Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon
Standard kit across the range is good, with the entry-level SE model coming with 17” alloys, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, keyless entry and voice recognition.
The Premium model adds heated leather seats, while the Sport trim bulks things up with electric sports front seats, aluminium pedals, power adjustment for the steering wheel, LED headlamps, heated mirrors, Direct Adaptive Steering and 19” alloys.
In terms of how safe the car is, Euro NCAP awarded it all five stars for its crash test performance. It scored especially well for adult and child occupant protection. The brand has included their Safety Shield Technology on all models, and this now comes with Forward Collision Warning, which monitors the distance and speed of the nearest two cars in front of you.
Other safety kit includes Active Trace Control and Active Lane Control.
Costs Of The Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon
Prices for the new car start out from £29,860 and rise to £47,020. For more information on our leasing deals, you can check out our page here.
In terms of its running costs, the 2.2-litre diesel engine is your sole diesel choice and it can return as much as 65.7mpg on a good day. It also emits 114g/km of CO2 and has a BiK rating of 22%, which should make it attractive to company car buyers.
Pros and Cons Of The Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon
It might be a left-field choice, but there’s no doubt that the Q50 looks good.
There’s a lot more room in the rear than there is in the Q30.
The car excels out on the motorway where it really comes into its own.
Lack of Engine Choice
There’s just one diesel available, and despite being billed as a 2.2-litre engine, it’s actually a 2.1-litre unit.
It quietens down on the motorway, but when you first fire it up or put your foot down, it makes a lot of noise.
Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon vs Mercedes C Class Diesel Saloon vs Jaguar XE Diesel Saloon
Let’s see how the car fares against its rivals in the comparison section of our 2018 Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon review.
Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon vs Mercedes C Class Diesel Saloon
In many ways, the new Mercedes C Class Diesel Saloon doesn’t stand out that much from the Infiniti. But it’s a Mercedes, which means it’s got heritage and badge appeal.
The new C Class is some100kg lighter than last time. That’s quite remarkable, and it means that it’s more agile – and thus more enjoyable – in bends. Drivers can flick between four different driving modes, priming the car to be more comfortable or sportier.[vc_single_image image=”78382″ img_size=”article-image”]Ride quality varies according to the model you choose, but air suspension is offered as an optional extra by Mercedes – and indeed anyone else in this class – for the first ever time. We highly recommend it if you want a ride that’s as cosseted and relaxing as possible.
Overall, the C Class is fairly engaging to drive, but it and the Infiniti aren’t as sharp as a BMW.
In terms of its engines, the hybrid C300h has a 0-62 time of 6.4 seconds and is the fastest diesel. The C250d diesel, meanwhile, covers the same sprint in 6.6 seconds, while the C200d diesel covers it in 9.9 seconds. The two latter models need to be worked harder than the hybrid, and they make a noise that is at odds with the Mercedes’ otherwise relaxed nature.
Running costs? The C220d is pretty economical when mated to the 6-speed manual ‘box and can return 70.6mpg at best. It also emits just 103g/km of CO2 and has a BiK rating of 22%.
The C250d returns 64.2mpg at best, but the hybrid steals the show with returns topping 78mpg.
Inside is where the Mercedes is meant to excel. It does for the most part, but the diesel engines are noisy and spoil the ambience somewhat.
The seats are nice and comfortable, the driver’s seat is height adjustable, the steering wheel is rake and reach adjustable, and the dashboard looks suitably plush. We have no complaints about the amount of quality on display, and standard kit is good, too.
Is the Mercedes C Class Diesel Saloon practical? Its boot measures 480-litres, which is competitive for this class. However, only the Sport and AMG models come with 60:40 split folding rear seats as standard.
A high boot lip will frustrate, but the opening is nice and big. The hybrid’s boot is smaller than the rest of the range, though.
Other than that, leg and shoulder room is good for all, but rear headroom is limited by the sloping roofline. Foot space is an issue back there too, but visibility is good all-round and storage solutions are reasonable.
Infiniti – £29,860 – £47,020
Mercedes – £30,635 – £45,830
Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon vs Jaguar XE Diesel Saloon
The new Jaguar XE Diesel Saloon is one heck of a slick-looking machine. It’s as great to drive as you’d hope it would be, and it offers a very comfortable ride.
On the road, the Jaguar does a fine job of blending comfort with engagement and economy. It’s not the absolute sharpest car to drive in this class, but very few rivals can offer such a good balance.
The steering is responsive, accurate and well-weighted, and the XE is nice and agile in bends. Drivers can choose between an 8-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual.[vc_single_image image=”78381″ img_size=”article-image”]In terms of its engines, a 2.0-litre diesel is our top pick. It’s available with either 161bhp or 178bhp, with the former covering the 0-62 dash in 8.2 seconds if you opt for the 8-speed auto ‘box.
That should be good enough for most buyers, but if you want more power, the 178bhp variant comes with four-wheel-drive as standard and can get you from rest to 62mph in 7.8 seconds.
A 237bhp 25d diesel model rounds things off with a 0-62 time of 6.1 seconds.
Running costs? The 161bhp diesel can manage returns of a 58.9mpg economy at best and has a BiK rating of 27%. The bigger 178bhp variant can manage 55.4mpg on a good day and qualifies for a BiK rating of 29%.
Inside, there’s a real sense of occasion inside the Jaguar that the Infiniti – and many others in this market – can’t compete with. We love its distinctive automatic gear selector, and it’s touches like that which set it apart from its rivals.
Fit and finish are excellent, the sporty driving position is a bonus, and the wraparound dash further cements this cars appeal as a real driver’s car.
Is the Jaguar XE Diesel Saloon practical? It’s not its strongest suit, but it’s hard to argue with a 455-litre boot, even if it’s a bit smaller than a lot of its rivals.
Other than that, the seats are comfortable and offer lots of adjustability, but a thick windscreen compromises visibility. The driver and their passenger are accommodated well, but we can’t say the same about those in the rear. Headroom is limited and a large hump in the floor will frustrate middle seated passengers.
Jaguar – £28,295 – £40,775
Verdict Of Our 2018 Infiniti Q50 Diesel Saloon Review
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