Infiniti Chases Business Buyers With The Q50 'Executive'

What on Earth am I looking at?

That's Infiniti's new entry to the saloon car class, the Q50. If you've not heard of Infiniti, don't worry - they're a recent introduction to European shores and can be considered as Nissan's equivalent to the Toyota group's Lexus.

So what's new?

We've known about the launch lineup for the Infiniti Q50 for a few months now, but Infiniti have added a new trim level to the range to attract more business users - but it ought to appeal to those looking to buy the Q50 for longer schlepps up and down the country.

The "Executive" trim bundles in the satellite navigation system on top of the entry level SE trim, while the Premium Executive includes heated and powered memory leather seats too.

What powers it?

These Executive trims are only available with the 2.2 diesel option, but can be had with either a manual or an automatic. With 168 hp and 290 lb-ft, the manual is good for an 8.5s 0-60mph time and should also return 64.2 mpg on the combined cycle, equivalent to 114 g/km and dropping it into VED Band C.

Anything else?

The Q50 hasn't officially gone on sale yet - deliveries are expected to start in November - but you can order your car now.

How much will it cost me?

The manual SE Executive will set you back 29,870 and the manual Premium Executive 33,460, with the auto 'box a 1,550 option on either.

This is around a 2k or 3k step over the SE and Premium trims respectively, but the added options are of considerably more value than the markup.

Any alternatives?

It's not like this sector is short of competitors, with the Audi A4, BMW 3-series and Mercedes C-Class all being big name rivals. In particular the new 3-series has been getting rave reviews and the favoured 320d model is available in a Business Saloon trim with integrated satnav for pretty much the same price as the Q50.

In a line?

Refreshing and genuine alternative to the usual Teuton repmobiles.

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