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.