This is a luxury sedan that has a comfortable interior and comes in various configurations. It can also be fun to drive. But the 2018 Infiniti Q70 shortage is pretty clear.
The current Q70 generation comes from 2011, when Infiniti still calls it the M56. There have been some updates over the years, but this is a very long time in the luxury sedan segment without a full redesign. Although spacious, the interior lacks appeal and aesthetics, and the touch screen entertainment system feels old-fashioned compared to the standards set in today’s luxury class.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 is a five-passenger midsize luxury sedan that is offered in two main trim levels 3.7 Luxe and 5.6 Luxe. A long-wheelbase version is available for both trims, in which case they are technically classified as large sedans. The Q70 Hybrid only offered in short-wheelbase version.
Standard features for the base Q70 3.7 Luxe include 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED foglights, automatic wipers, a sunroof, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, a soft-close trunk lid, dual-zone automatic climate control, and power adjustable and heated front seats. A no-cost Essential package adds a top-down parking camera system, parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, a navigation system, an 8-inch touchscreen display and a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system.
The 3.7 Luxe optional Premium Select package adds 20-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, a rear spoiler, dark exterior trim, premium leather upholstery and a suede-like headliner.
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid Luxe features largely mirror the 3.7 Luxe.
The Q70s 5.6 Luxe include all the items of the 3.7 Luxe equipped with the no-cost Essential package. The Q70L offer an extra 5.5 inches of rear legroom, heated rear seats and a rear 12-volt outlet.
Optional for every 2018 Infiniti Q70 is the ProActive package, it adds adaptive cruise control, front and rear collision mitigation with automatic braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and intervention, blind-spot monitoring.
Available on standard-wheelbase Q70 is the Sport package. It adds 20-inch wheels, a firmer suspension, upgraded brakes, a different fascia, magnesium paddle shifters, a power rear sunshade and a 16-speaker Bose stereo. The long-wheelbase model can be equipped with Performance Tire and Wheel package, which includes 20-inch wheels and larger, more capable brakes.
Every 2018 Infiniti Q70 comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available as an optional on non-hybrid models.
The base Q70 3.7 Luxe is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine that produces 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. In performance testing, a Q70L 3.7 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, a quick time for a base engine. EPA fuel economy rating at 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) and 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway) for AWD version.
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 5.6 Luxe gets a 5.6-liter V8 engine generates 420 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. In track testing, a Q70 5.6 hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, an average performance for a midsize luxury sedan with an upgraded engine. EPA fuel economy at 19 mpg combined (16 city/24 highway) with RWD and 18 mpg combined (16 city/23 highway) with AWD.
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid uses a 3.5-liter V6 paired with an array of lithium-ion batteries that power a 50-kilowatt electric motor. Together, this combination produces output 360 hp. EPA fuel economy rating 30 mpg combined (28 city/33 highway).
Inside, the Infiniti 2018 Infiniti Q70 cabin features with high quality materials and is very well assembled. The infotainment system may not have a competitor’s modern look, but the combination of touch screen, physical button and multipurpose control knob is at least easy to operate. It works just fine, but tech-savvy people might find it a bit old-fashioned. They will also be disappointed with the absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.
The standard 2018 Infiniti Q70 provides a good amount of headroom and legroom on all seats, allowing adult passengers to sit comfortably behind there. The Q70L stretches the car and increases the rear leg space by 5.9 inches, but the absence of a distinctive option makes it feel empty. There is no rear control for audio and climate, nor is there a feature such as massaging seats, footrest or rear entertainment system.
The trunk capacity at 14.9 cubic feet, which is average for midsize luxury sedans. The hybrid model has smaller luggage to make room for the battery, 11.3 cubic feet.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Infiniti Q70 is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5 Series coupe and Audi A6 coupe.
Official price start from $51,295 (including a $995 destination fee) for the 3.7 Luxe and $64,345 for the 5.6 Luxe.