Review: Infiniti Q60 (2016 – 2018)
Good-looking coupe that's a rare sight compared to rivals like the Audi A5. Strong performance from 3.0-litre which also has four-wheel drive.
Interior feels dated and not up to scratch for a supposedly premium car. Steering is artificial and over-assisted. Still has a foot-operated parking brake. No hybrid or diesel version.
Infiniti Q60 (2016 – 2018): At A Glance
If you want a sleek looking premium coupe, but fancy something a bit different, then how about this? The Infiniti Q60 is the more leftfield choice in a market that's dominated by the likes of the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5.
Infiniti - if you didn't know - is the premium brand from Nissan, in a similar way that Toyota and Lexus co-exist. But unlike Lexus, Infiniti has struggled to make an impact in the UK as yet, making any Infiniti a pretty rare sight on our roads. On the plus side, that does at least make it more exclusive...
The Q60 is one of Infiniti's better looking models, although compared to the angular Lexus RC, it does seem a little bland. However, sadly the inside doesn't live up the outside. While Infiniti has attempted to improve things, the interior feels dated and a generation behind the competition. The switches and steering column stalks that are shared with cheaper Nissan models don't help.
On the plus side, the Q60 does come well equipped for the money. It starts at around £34,000 and for that you get plenty of kit like LED headlights, a rearview camera, heated and electric seats and navigation.
What you don't get with a Q60 is a diesel. Nor a hybrid. Instead there are just two petrol engines - a 2.0-litre with 211PS and a 3.0-litre V6 with an impressive 405PS, both of which have a seven-speed automatic as standard. Neither is great on fuel, the 2.0-litre averages a claimed 41.5mpg but you'll be looking at the low 30s in reality.
Despite the power from the big V6 engine, the Q60 is no sports car. It handles well enough, despite steering that feels very artificial, but the gearbox can be slow to respond and there's little in the way of character. There's also minimal involvement from behind the wheel.
Overall, the Q60 isn't a bad car. Indeed on paper it looks good value given the standard equipment available. Plus being built by Nissan, it's likely to prove reliable and robust. But there really is nothing compelling about it - and judged against the competition it feels behind the times. Ultimately, it's hard to make a case for the Infiniti.
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Infiniti Q60 (2016 – 2018): What's It Like Inside?
For all of Infiniti's talk of modern technology in the Q60, the interior is a generation behind the competition. That's not to say it doesn't feel solidly constructed, but it's dated compared to the likes of the Audi A5.
There are obvious things like the foot-operated parking brake (welcome to 2002...) and the traditional automatic gear lever which clunks from P to D. Plus, despite a digital display between the analogue dials, there's no digital speedo display - something which is now standard on cars like the Skoda Fabia.
It's also the small details that let the Q60 down. Simple things like the exterior mirror controls and electric window switches feel cheap and not what you'd expect of a supposedly premium car. Picky? Yes, but the quality of cars that rival the Q60 is so high, anything slightly poor really stands out.
So what about the positives? Well the seats are very comfortable and supportive, with plenty of adjustment and there's a decent amount of room, even for six-footers. Sadly the same can't be said of the back two seats which are really cramped, although that's par for the course in coupes of this ilk. The boot is a good size with a wide opening, so is able to carry a surprising amount with a reasonable 342 litres of space.
Infiniti has upped its game inside with a system called InTouch, is a neat touchscreen system that works pretty well, although it's not the most intuitive system around. It looks good though with a high resolution display and a black gloss surround in the dash.
However, InTouch just highlights how dated the other screen is. For some reason, Infiniti has fitted two screens in the Q60, with the one at the top showing navigation. But it looks like it's from a 10-year-old Nissan and does nothing to make you think this is a cutting edge car.
Instead, the interior feels like a mish mash of old and new, with some bits of Nissan thrown in for good measure. Overall there appears to be a lack of cohesion in the layout.
Standard equipment from launch:
Premium has 19-inch alloy wheels with 255/40 R19 runflat tyres on 2.0 litre RWD, 19-inch alloy wheels with 245/40 R19 runflat tyres on 3.0 litre AWD, 7-speed automatic standard with adaptive shift control, limited slip differential, navigation system with traffic information and DAB, leather power-adjustable seats, manual steering wheel adjustment, heated, electrically adjustable and manual folding door mirrors, heated front seats, auto dimming rear view mirror, Care Pack consisting of cruise control, speed limiter, Forward Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, I-key with enhanced memory function, rear view camera, front and rear parking sensors, USB, Bluetooth and Voice Recognition, Drive Mode Selector, InTouch, dual touch-screens, fine vision meter with 5-inch TFT colour display, adaptive a/c with auto-recirculation and Polyphenol Filter, AM/FM radio with single CD player and six speakers, LED auto-level and Daytime Running Lights, LED tail lights, LED front and rear fog lights, follow me home lighting, double exhausts, stop & start on 2.0 litre only, Active Trace Control, hydraulic power steering, vehicle security system with engine immobilizer and alarm, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, six airbags and an ultrasonic alarm.
Premium Tech adds the Safety Pack, Visibility Pack, Smart Beam, Active Front Lighting System, Multimedia Pack, Ambient Pack, electric adjustment to steering wheel, electric folding door mirrors with reverse synchronisation, memory for driver’s seat, steering and door mirrors position.
Sport gets aluminium pedals and footrests, magnesium paddle shifters, unique design 19-inch wheels with runflat tyres, steering Pack of DAS 2.0 + Active Lane Control, opposed calliper sport brakes, silver ‘S’ in Q60S rear badge, Multimedia Pack, Ambient Pack while the 3.0 has red brake callipers, Dynamic Digital Suspension, perforated double exhaust pipes, Sport + mode and red ‘S’ in Q60S rear and S 3.0t side badges
Sport Tech adds the Safety Pack, Visibility Pack, Smart Beam, Active Front Lighting System and an Eco pedal (3.0 V6 only).
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What's the Infiniti Q60 (2016 – 2018) like to drive?
- Engines range from 2.0T Automatic to 3.0T Automatic
The Infiniti has lots of clever technology on board, not least when it comes to the steering. Go for a Sport and you get the second generation of what Infiniti calls 'Direct Adaptive Steering'.
This is a steer-by-wire system - in other words there's no actual mechanical link between the steering wheel and the wheels on the road, instead it's controlled by electronics.
While it sounds very advanced, steer-by-wire steering has not proved very popular in the past. We have criticised the Direct Adaptive Steering system in the Q50 but Infiniti says this second generation system has undergone 'significant re-tuning to enhance steering feel and feedback without compromising comfort'.
And there are no fewer than seven steering set-up modes. The problem is, despite all those settings, not one of them actually feels particularly natural. The Q60 steering is always over-assisted and artificial, which is a shame as the car actually handles quite well in terms of grip and body control.
It never feels particularly at home when driven with gusto or pushed into a corner, instead it's far happier at a more sedate pace. Well, it would be, were it not for the ride. The suspension is very busy and the Q60 is seemingly unable to settle down on anything except a perfectly smooth surface.
On 3.0 Sport models, you get an electronic suspension system, called Dynamic Digital Suspension. It's designed to monitor the vehicle’s body roll, pitch and bounce rate and help reduce unwanted steering feel and vibrations. It certainly is an improvement on the standard set-up, but still doesn't solve the problem of the unsettled ride.
That's not to say the Q60 can't move along at a fair old lick. The top 3.0-litre engine has more than 400PS and will accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.0 seconds. It also sounds good with a nice, if not overly loud, exhaust note.
While it's good in a straight line, what hampers the Q60 is the seven-speed automatic. It's standard with both engines but is hesitant to change down and never seems to be in the correct gear. That lack of response makes the Infiniti frustrating if you're trying to drive it quickly. However, that's not to say the changes aren't very smooth when not rushed.
If you don't need all the power of the V6 engine, Infiniti also offers a slightly more sensible four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine with 211PS. Borrowed from Mercedes-Benz, this is rear-wheel drive (unlike the four-wheel drive 3.0-litre) and provides better economy, although with a claimed 41.5mpg - and something around 33mpg in real world driving - it's hardly frugal.
|2.0T Automatic||42 mpg||-||156 g/km|
|3.0T Automatic||30–31 mpg||-||208 g/km|
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