On the upper-level, the V6 Q60 3.0T Infiniti offers four-wheel drive and adaptive ‘digital’ dampers, but on this Q60 it fits passive suspension, rear-wheel-drive only and a seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The one major ‘mechanical’ option you can have is Infiniti’s Direct Adaptive Steering system: its world-first ‘by-wire’ fully electronic steering setup, now in its second generation, which removes the direct connection between steering wheel and steered axle for what its maker claims is smoother and more responsive directional handling. Our test car had it.
The Q60’s cabin will be a comfortable place in which most owners may spend time. Its leather sports front seats are well-shaped and a good size, and there’s space in the back for smaller adults or children, as is roughly the prevailing standard on practicality for cars such as this. Taller drivers will find themselves somewhat short on headroom, though, and the car’s electric steering column missing some telescoping adjustment range, while the front seats themselves feel as if they ought to be set lower for the perfect driving position.
The Q60’s fascia looks and feels quite expensively hewn for the most part, as do many of its fittings – but some of its minor switchgear feels a touch flimsy and cheap. Between a roomy armrest cubby, decent-sized door bins and cupholders and a generous glovebox, cabin storage is ample.
But what really disappoints inside the car is the infotainment system, split as it is between two centrally mounted touchscreens located at the top of the centre stack which don’t really look as though they belong on the same dashboard. They take a while to respond to fingertip inputs and display navigation mapping in quite blocky fashion. The audio system sounds healthy enough, but next to the connectivity-heavy slick graphical splendour of the infotainment setups offered by both Mercedes and Audi, what the Q60 brings to the party is a long way from being good enough.
As for trim levels, there are four to choose from – Premium, Premium Tech, Sport and Sport Tech. Entry-level models get adaptive LED headlights, 19in alloy wheels, a reversing camera, keyless entry, traffic sign recognition and autonomous emergency braking.
Upgrade to Premium Tech and you’ll find the Q60 adorned with sat nav, cruise control, a 360-degree camera, a Bose sound system and blindspot monitoring, while the Sport trim includes direct adaptive steering, electrically adjustable front seats and steering wheel, ambient lighting and magnesium paddle shifters. The Sport Tech model adds all the niceties found on the Premium Tech Q60s.
The car’s 2.0-litre engine sounds a bit gruff at idle and on step-off, but settles to a quiet cruise. It falls short of the tractability you might expect of it on the basis of that 258lb ft claim for peak torque though, needing revs to make the car pick up speed with much urgency – and, even in Sport mode, leaving you exposed to the hesitancy of the seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The ‘box has a manual mode but no shift paddles, and its reluctance often becomes frustrating when a quick burst of speed would help you on your way.
The Q60’s 19in alloy wheels, standard-fit run-flat tyres and firm suspension settings make for a harder ride than most of its rivals, becoming quite coarse over poor surfaces and feeling a bit wooden and over-damped over bigger intrusions. The chassis improves as you work it, though, showing off good body control, plenty of adhesion and well-balanced grip levels as your speed increases.