Our man Andre Zimmermann says if you're looking for a mid-size car with cutting-edge technology and great design, try the Infiniti Q50.
It was first launched on the market back in 2013, so it's not exactly new. But the Infiniti Q50 is still a real head-turner... And it's surprisingly quiet.
That's thanks to the hybrid drive.
But the Infiniti Q50 has more surprises to offer, that definitely set it apart from its rivals. One of the larger and more noticeable ones can be found inside.
"A nice detail in the cabin is that you have two screens. The top one is reserved for either the Around View camera system or the GPS. But then below you can still see, say, how much fuel you're using."
"One thing Andre likes is the metal shift paddles on the Q50. The only drawback is they have plastic finishing that's quite sharp on the edges."
"Those who find the eco setting a little too tame can switch to sports mode. The Q50 then sounds really good and it certainly moves. The steering also becomes tighter and more direct - for Andre's taste it's a little too tight. But even then there's a solution - you can select individual mode and adjust the settings to what you want."
The letter Q plays an important role in Infiniti's philosophy. The first Infiniti model was the Q45. The Q50 was designed to hail the start of a new, distinctly sporty series.
"The Q50 is pretty chic. But Infiniti is not doing so well in Germany. First there's the high starting price: around 53 thousand euros for the hybrid version - compared with a plug-in hybrid like the Passat GTE that goes for just 44 thousand. Even worse: Germany currently has only six dealers who offer Infiniti."