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For The hybrid version is refined and fast, and all models get two colour touch-screens as standard. There’s enough cabin space for four adults to be comfortable.

Against The diesel engine is very noisy, running costs are high and the hybrid has much too firm a ride. You have to pay a lot extra for equipment that should be standard, such as a digital radio. The electronic steering system on higher-spec models feels odd and unnatural.

Infiniti Q50 Saloon
22 5stars

There is little reason to buy an Infiniti Q50. It is adequate enough when driven in isolation, but by class standards it isn’t comfortable or refined enough, and it costs too much as a company car.

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The full Infiniti Q50 review

There are 5 Infiniti Q50 versions available

Saloon 2.2D SE 4dr £27,950
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2D Premium 4dr £30,350
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2D Sport 4dr £32,720
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon Q50S Hybrid 4dr £39,995
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon Q50S Hybrid AWD 4dr £41,640
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Infiniti Q50 has little going for it, except an intangible sense of being different from the crowd, so look elsewhere if you can.

The Q50 hybrid is the easiest model to justify because it has few direct rivals and has entertaining performance, but we’d point you in the direction of a BMW 335d if you want a fun, fast saloon with sensible running costs. There are no trim levels to choose from with the hybrid – you just need to decide whether you want rear- or four-wheel drive.

If you want a diesel, go for entry-level SE trim and an automatic gearbox; it’s reasonable value and the auto ’box is preferable to the clunky manual, despite upping the car’s list price and CO2 emissions. Avoid the Sport model because it’s expensive and comes with Direct Adaptive Steering, which makes the steering feel unnatural and disconcerting.

When doing your sums, make sure you factor in that adding sat-nav and a digital radio will cost more than £2500.

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