Infiniti Q70: Is it a reliable option?
The Q70 comes in several versions, including a long wheelbase version. The engines include a more common 2.5 V6 and bulkier 3.7 V6. There is also a hybrid for the more eco-friendly of you. However, despite the choice you opt for, the Q70 is one mean machine.
At A Glance
- Sharp design
- High quality luxurious interior
- Quick pick up
- Solid suspension
- Slower gearbox response
Design 4.5 / 5.0
The 2015 facelift modernized the already good-looking car and made it distinctive, but elegant. The long body gives lots of room for wavy lines and the contrasting sharper cuts. If you like big sedans, the Q70 is probably one of the best looking ones. The big grille does seem a bit dull on its own, but the chrome frame and angry LED headlights improve the picture significantly.
From the side, the wavy outlines continue and add to the elegance. The rear might be the least unique design solution, but it also looks great. The 10-spoke wheels are also not flashy, but for a car of its class, this is a good thing. Wherever you look, the Q70 shows elegance and subtle class.
Interior 5.0 / 5.0
Class is the leitmotif on the inside as well. The design, materials and finish are of the highest quality. There are lots of soft, supple leather and the Japanese Ash wood makes the interior unique and absolutely beautiful. The front seats are the perfect mix of support and comfort, with a bit greater emphasis on the latter.
Having in mind the class and the manufacturer, naming all of the interior techs would take up too much space. We’ll just say that an 8” colour touchscreen serves as a control unit for loads of things including infotainment, connectivity and navigation. The sound comes from 10 speakers connected to a premium Bose sound system and its quality perfectly reflects the position that the Q70 has in the world of high-class cars. The screen is placed high up at the dashboard, which makes it very easy to see while driving and also leaves room for numerous buttons underneath. A particularly nice touch is the analogue clock that is somewhat reminiscent of the one in the W221 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Driving 4.5 / 5.0
What we got to try was the 2.5 V6 version. It brings 219 hp and 253 Nm of torque and we have to say that we would rather have a go in the 3.7 V6 version, having in mind the weight of 1,765 kg.
However, 2.5 can’t be called lacking. The acceleration to 100 takes about 9 seconds, which is by no means lightning fast. The good side of the engine is that it is naturally aspirated, so its power delivery is smooth and constant and the sound is natural and rich.
The one thing to complain over is the gearbox. Even though it is smooth and tuned for ultimate comfort, it is a bit on the slow side. It’s not that bad that it could be considered a reason not to buy the car, but if you are after lightning-fast shifts, the Q70 automatic is not for you. However, there is a solution. In the Sports mode, the gearbox is far more aggressive and rev-matching function makes it a joy to drive.
Speaking of comfort, it is as good as it gets. The suspension setup is great and even on rough roads, it keeps the passengers comfy.
The verdict 4.5 / 5.0
If you are looking for a comfortable, plush and not so common car, the Infiniti Q70 is for you. If you want more on the performance front, don’t get the 2.5, but the 3.7. If you want, even more, you’ll have to spend more money and go for the Lexus GS250, or higher, but for this kind of money, there aren’t many better options.