INFINITI Q70 S PREMIUM
It’s substantially cheaper than the equivalent Germans and Infiniti has added extra gear at no cost over the previous model. Creature comforts include Bose audio, satnav with traffic updates, 10GB music storage, heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front seats with memory settings. Capped servicing is $1260 for three years or 30,000km. Drive more kilometres in that period and you’ll be up for a costly fourth service at $801. Big 20-inch wheels and a low-slung body give an imposing look. The Infiniti may not be to everyone’s tastes but it makes a statement. Inside the quality of materials is first class but the dash design still betrays its Nissan roots. The infotainment controls are a bit fussy and the readouts don’t look as modern as the Lexus. The boot is a good size and there’s plenty of leg and headroom in the rear. The punchy V6 wins the arm wrestle, its 235kW delivering great off-the-line response, with a throaty exhaust note. The company claims a 6.2-second sprint to 100km/h, while Lexus says the GS200t takes 7.3 secs. You’ll pay for that performance, though, as the Q70 uses 10.8L/100km, about 20 per cent more than a Falcon. It’s far thirstier than that claim in city driving. Much of the recent upgrade has centred on driver safety aids. New tech includes 360-degree view camera and headlights that follow the road curve. Lane departure and blind spot warning upgrades include braking to stop drifing out of lane. There are active cruise, auto emergency braking and moving object detection — also when reversing for the latter two. The Q70’s point of difference is four-wheel steering, which is claimed to improve responsiveness and high-speed stability. But in reality it feels too sharp and sensitive. Once you get used to it, the Q70 feels stable and composed in corners, with a surprisingly comfortable ride despite its big 20-inch rims.