2016 Infiniti Q70 | First Drive
* Quiet and comfortable cabin
* Great feature set on the Luxury grade
* Monochrome digital display in the instrument cluster feels dated
* 18" rims seem a little too small for the Luxury grade
* Heated rear seats are absolutely unnecessary
Serving as the flagship model in the brand’s line-up since 2005, the Q70 is Infiniti’s answer to the likes of the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Having undergone a host of stylistic and mechanical upgrades over the past couple of years, the 2016 Q70 is back looking smarter, sharper and more refined than ever before.
Available in Luxury and Sport guises, we were assigned the former for a drive (albeit a short one) and returned the car knowing that the Japanese sedan still had the upper hand against its rivals.
Taut, softly defined creases along the bodywork accentuate the Q70’s voluptuous curves. While the Luxury grade drips of elegance, the Sport grade’s garnishes elevate the overall design of the 4,980mm long sedan. With specially sculpted bumpers, 20” wheels and a rear spoiler to boot, the 2016 Infiniti Q70 Sport’s lower, wider and sportier stance gels unexpectedly well with the dignified persona held by Nissan’s luxury arm.
Inside, handcrafted wooden accents embellish the dashboard, centre console and door panels, while supple leather adds to the refinement of it all. Coupled with an Active Noise Cancellation system are 5.3mm double glazed windows that work to keep noise levels within the cabin at an absolute minimum. Differentiating the Luxury and Sport grades further, are rear seat controls that allow for occupants in the back to adjust everything from the infotainment system to the climate control system in the Luxury variant, while those in the Sport variant have to do make do with just cup holders.
Equipped with a number of segment firsts, the 2016 Infiniti Q70 welcomes features such as a Predictive Forward Collision Warning system and an Around View Monitor amongst others. While the former uses radar to continuously monitor and analyse the relative velocity and distance of up to two vehicles ahead, the latter makes a breeze of parking with the 360° bird’s-eye view and Moving Object Detection. To keep the audiophiles grinning, there’s also a 16-speaker Bose surround sound system.
Mated to a seven speed automatic transmission which features Downshift Rev Matching and Adaptive Shift Control, is a 3.7 litre V6 engine that directs 329 horsepower and 363 Nm of torque to the rear wheels. On our short drive in and around DIFC, we did feel it to be a tad lethargic, but that could possibly be cured by the 5.6 litre V8 engine that is set to enter the line-up in the near future.
Aiding in the handling department, is the 4 Wheel Active Steer system that turns all four wheels as the steering wheel is turned to make cornering even at high speeds gracefully easy. And while the Sport variant features a stiffer suspension set-up and larger brakes, statistics reveal that it ironically weighs more than the tech-laden Luxury grade.
The Infiniti Q70 has always had something that its rivals lack: individuality. Having differentiated itself even further with a host of improvements for 2016, the Japanese sedan strikes the right balance between luxury and sportiness. Wearing a price tag of just AED 183,000 for the Luxury grade and AED 199,000 for the Sport variant, the Q70 continues to make a convincing case for itself – at least as far as value for money is concerned.