To pick up from the introduction, if you’d bought a ludicrous spaceman’s wristwatch – expensive and partially useless though it might be – you could at least justify it to your colleagues by yelling: “But it has laser beams for hands!”

The Infiniti Q50 has no laser beams for hands. It is not made from former Cold War missiles.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
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It is a car that toes the mainstream line and even draws on some class stalwarts’ technology, yet it still, in our eyes, comes up short. And short where it matters, too: on refinement and running costs.

It’s a pity, because there are things to like about the Q50. It has a decent handling balance and the perceived quality of the interior is high in places, even if the ergonomics are less impressive.

But in demanding comparison with Europe’s best, the Q50 has left itself exposed. We’d almost prefer a ludicrous but interesting left field choice than an uninteresting and uncompetitive one.

Unfortunately, the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE are arguably the finest small executive saloons currently on the market – and pitched against the likes of that, the Infiniti doesn't stand much of a chance.

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