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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.

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