Infiniti says the Q50 is the real start to Infiniti's success in Australia. The three-tier, two engine range kicks off at $51,900, for the 2.2 diesel-only GT, a very handy $8400 cheaper than its most obvious competitor, the BMW 318d. It's also cheaper than the A4 and C Class.
The diesel S can be had for $57,900 and the S Premium for $61,900. The S Hybrid is $67,900 and the range tops out at $73,900 for the hybrid AWD-only S Premium. The GT base model bursts out of the blocks with an impressive array of standard features, but we've only space for the highlights.
Every Q50 has the dual stacked screens of Infiniti InTouch system which handles most of the car's functions. The top screen is for navigation and you can leave the maps on even when you - or your passenger - are fiddling with the other functions.
The standard list features DAB digital radio, sat-nav, electric driver's seat, leather upholstery, Moving on to the S spec level adds the Direct Adaptive Steering, sport front bumper and Bose stereo. The range-topping S Premium, available with both engines, adds a safety package with backup collision warning, active headlights, blind spot and lane drift warning and active cruise control.
Standard across the range are six airbags, brake assist, brake force distribution, active cruise control, front and rear sensors with rear-facing camera. S Premium adds a suite of safety features including predictive collision forward warning, active lane control, blind spot intervention, forward emergency braking and moving object detection.
The diesel 2.2d is from Mercedes-Benz and produces 125kW/400Nm for 5.2l/100km. The hybrid 3.5l V6 is good for 268kW and 546Nm while returning 6.8l/100km (RWD) or 7.2l/100km (AWD). While still a seven-speed transmission, the electric engine sits between two clutches to allow for electric only running. Both have paddle-shifts and downshift rev-matching. Steer-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering (DAS) is standard on all models bar the GT.
2014 Infiniti Q50 prices
Infiniti Q50 GT $51,900 ($56,809 drive-away, $55,900 drive-away launch offer).
Infiniti Q50 S $57,900 ($64,197 drive-away)
Infiniti Q50 S Premium $61,900 ($68,397 drive-away)
Infiniti Q50 S Hybrid $67,900 ($74,597 drive-away)
Infiniti Q50 S Premium Hybrid AWD $73,900 ($81,787 drive-away)