What summarises the Infiniti M’s performance could be used to sum up the car as a whole.

Taken in isolation, it’s relatively pleasing. It’s fast enough. It drives well enough. It’s refined enough. The hybrid is the most interesting car of the range, and you’d do well to consider one over the more usual diesel option.

And if your sole desire is to tread a different path to your colleagues, the Infiniti has much to recommend it. The dealer experience is a refreshing difference, while the quality and style of the interior offers a similarly-pleasing change from the norm.

Yes, you’ll pay for the privilege of owning an Infiniti, but it will also reward you – especially in terms of equipment as all models are spectacularly equipped without having to resort to expensive options.

Then, however, one has to subject it to objective comparison with its rivals, and that’s where the Infiniti’s problems begin. It’s no longer quite fast enough. It’s doesn’t offer anything like sufficient value.

Its interior lacks the ergonomic finesse and Teutonic efficiency of the finer alternatives too. If you often travel with rear passengers, or need to carry substantial amounts of luggage, you’ll find the Infiniti coming up short there, too.

Nevertheless, from a purely subjective point of view there’s a case of sorts that can be made, like most Infinitis, for the M. Lower down the range, it is still well equipped yet offers rather better value for money, while the hybrid is a genuinely interesting choice.

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We wouldn’t blame you at all if you chose an Infiniti M, but you'll be bucking a trend - and a fair degree of common sense - by choosing it.