BMW 5-series rival gets a new diesel engine; sales start in the UK next month

Infiniti’s first-ever diesel saloon will cost from £36,750 when sales start next month.

The Europe-only Infiniti M30d is powered by a 235bhp, 406lb ft 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox. It accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.9sec and can reach a top speed limited to 155mph. Its CO2 emissions are 199g/km, while combined economy is rated at 37.7mpg.

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The M30d is available in five trim levels. Standard equipment includes bi-xenon headlights, 10-way adjustable front seats, reversing camera, parking sensors, heated steering wheel and Infiniti’s Drive Mode Selector, which offers four driving modes: Sport, Normal, Snow and Eco.

The £39,250 GT model is more luxurious, offering semi-aniline leather and heated and ventilated front seats; £44,600 GT Premium trim adds technology including Blind Sport Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention. Other features in GT Premium trim include Infiniti’s Forest Air climate control system and its Connectiviti+ infotainment system.

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The more sporting M30d S includes four-wheel steering, sports suspension, sports seats, gearshift paddles and 20-inch alloy wheels. A £46,600 M30d S Premium model adds the extra equipment included in the GT Premium over the standard GT model.

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Our Verdict

Infiniti M
The Infiniti M is aimed squarely at its established rivals rather than being an alternative to them

The Infiniti M is a likeable and capable, if expensive, alternative to the obvious

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7 September 2010

The starting price is pretty high compared to most rivals, but then the equipment levels are excellent. The ageing Audi A6 and award-winning Jaguar XF start at about £35k, the classic Mercedes-Benz E-Class is available from £36k and desirable BMW 5-Series from £37k. However, the M is uncompetitive in terms of emissions - all of its rivals are cleaner and more economical! To be honest, if I was in the market for an executive motor I'd be quite tempted by a top of the range Volvo S80 Executive for £30k or £35k for a brand new Volkswagen Phaeton diesel at autoebid!

7 September 2010

[quote Dark Isle]To be honest, if I was in the market for an executive motor I'd be quite tempted by a top of the range Volvo S80 Executive for £30k [/quote] The list price for a Volvo D5 Executive auto is over £35k. You may get a discount on that but the Infinity will be better equipped and has 30hp more.

7 September 2010

Daring pricing from Nissan. Infiniti means nothing in Europe except for a droopy bollocks logo to laugh at. Priced right up against equivalent Jag, BMW, Merc and Audi models, these are going to be rare on UK roads. Lots of kit but most of it would have been better spent on an engine with more acceleration and lower emissions.

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