Some credit is due to Infiniti for finally arming its 5 Series rival with an engine that, although disappointing in practice, may at least earn it a place on some company car lists. The hybrid model emits 145g/km of CO2, while the 2.2-litre diesel variant emits 129g/km. However, the diesel model sits a tax band above a BMW 520d.
In entry-level guise, the Q70 is marginally more expensive than the bottom-rung BMWs, Audis and Lexuses that it seeks to supplant, and it is unlikely to be fancied by the bodies who set residual value forecasts, so don’t expect contract hire rates to be cheap.
The Infiniti brand is a family member of Nissan - a car company with a fine reliability record. Infiniti’s safety showing is also quite commendable.
The car has never been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but the mid-spec Premium Tech version comes packed with active safety equipment such as blindspot warning, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation and moving object detection at parking speeds.
Specification-wise, the 3.5-litre V6 Hybrid model has the better dampers, much better performance and creditable average fuel economy of more than 45mpg, so don't rule it out.