For The hybrid version is refined and fast, and all Q50s have a solidly built interior with enough space for four adults to be comfortable. It has good security test scores, too.

Against The diesel engine is noisy, running costs are high across the board, and the ride isn’t particularly comfortable. On many versions, you have to pay a lot extra for equipment that should be standard, such as sat-nav and a DAB radio. Also, the steering system on higher-spec models feels disconcerting and unnatural.

Infiniti Q50 Saloon
22 5stars

There aren’t many reasons to buy an Infiniti Q50, especially given the strength of the competition in this class. It’s mediocre to drive, pricey to run – no matter how you’re buying – and the diesel version isn’t refined enough.

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The full Infiniti Q50 review

  • Refinement
    2 out of 5 stars
    Unrefined diesel engine and too much tyre noise
  • Buying & Owning
    2 out of 5 stars
    Costs more to buy and run than most rivals
  • Quality & Reliability
    3 out of 5 stars
    Cabin feels solidly put together; decent quality
  • Safety & Security
    3 out of 5 stars
    Has the basics, but most desirable kit is optional
  • Behind The Wheel
    3 out of 5 stars
    Sound driving position; some confusing displays
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
    Hybrid is fast; diesel has uneven power delivery
  • Ride & Handling
    2 out of 5 stars
    Firm ride and slightly leaden handling
  • Space & Practicality
    3 out of 5 stars
    Decent passenger space, but an oddly shaped boot
  • Equipment
    3 out of 5 stars
    Some lavish stuff, but misses some key items

There are 13 Infiniti Q50 versions available

Saloon 2.2d SE 4dr £28,650
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2d Premium 4dr £31,050
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0t Premium 4dr £32,455
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2d Sport 4dr £33,420
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0t Sport 4dr £34,825
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2d Premium Tech 4dr £37,550
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.2d Sport Tech 4dr £38,320
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0t Premium Tech 4dr £38,955
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 2.0t Sport Tech 4dr £39,725
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.5 S Hybrid Sport 4dr £40,695
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.5 S Hybrid Sport AWD 4dr £42,340
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.5 S Hybrid Sport Tech 4dr £45,595
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Saloon 3.5 S Hybrid Sport Tech AWD 4dr £47,240
What Car? says:1 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Apart from an intangible sense of being different from the crowd, there’s little reason to go for the Infiniti Q50.

The Q50 2.2d is the easiest model to justify because it’s the most cost-effective company car and offers relatively decent performance. However, unless you really love the way the Infiniti looks, we’d still point you in the direction of an Audi A3 Saloon or a BMW 3 Series, both of which are cheaper company cars and significantly better to drive.

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 Sport models because they’re expensive and come with Direct Adaptive Steering, which makes the steering feel unnatural and disconcerting.

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