Num­bers game

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige -

From back page times, not helped by the side­walls of the run-flat tyres, and lacks the sort of com­pli­ance needed for sec­ondary roads in Aus­tralia.

It has what‘s called Dy­namic Dig­i­tal Sus­pen­sion, with driver­ad­justable set­tings, but it’s not as good as its ri­vals.

It makes lit­tle im­pact on my co-driver. “I thought it was (the coupe). I didn’t re­alise it had back doors for the first 30 min­utes,” she says.

Some may view that as flat­ter­ing for the four-door but it shows that the two In­finiti mod­els are too close.

Then comes her up­per-cut: “Ah, it’s noth­ing spe­cial any­way.”

There is plenty to en­joy in the cabin. The Bose au­dio packs some punch but the air­con­di­tion­ing is re­cal­ci­trant. It’s ei­ther blow­ing too hard or too soft, too hot or too cold, and that triggers ex­tra angst from the co-driver, although she likes the large re­vers­ing cam­era dis­play.

But, hon­estly, the seats are the best thing. They are soft and sup­port­ive, beau­ti­fully trimmed and com­fort­able for any trip.

I’m not keen to test the safety gear but the 360-de­gree cam­era is handy, as are the radar cruise con­trol and lanede­par­ture mon­i­tor. Over­all, the kit makes me feel safe.

But that’s not the brief — the Q50 is sold on the prom­ise of sports driv­ing and the abil­ity to crush a BMW or Benz. VER­DICT There is noth­ing badly wrong with the Q50, it’s just that the op­po­si­tion is bet­ter. In most cases, sig­nif­i­cantly so.

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