2018 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid Sedan

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Infiniti, a luxury car manufacturer from the house of Nissan launched the first Q70 back in 2011 under the name of M56. Since then the biggest change the car received in the exterior is the change of the name badge to Q70. The 2018 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid has only got some small changes in both interior and exterior with no performance changes.

Starting at a price of $56,400, Infiniti Q70 comes in different trims. Among the available trims, a user can select the most appropriate trim according to his needs. The 2018 Q70 features a powerful V8 trim named as "Q70 5.6 Luxe" which offer an agile experience along with bigger 20" alloy wheels and four-wheel drive option. It comes with spacious interiors, an 8-inch InTouch entertainment system, and a powerful 360 HP V6 on the board.


7.9/10
Features

 

7.9/10
Engine

 

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.9/10
Interior

 

7.9/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Safety

 
 
 

The main highlights of the luxury sedan include a powerful V6 engine, premium looks and spacious interiors. The major competitors of the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid are Lexus GS 450h, BMW 330e iPerformance, and Acura RLX Sport Hybrid.

2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan Features

7.9/10

The Infiniti Q70 hybrid is powered by one of the best hybrid engines in the segment. The 360-hp 3.5-litre Hybrid V6 engine is a competent hybrid engine which produces best-in-class acceleration in the Q70 Hybrid. The powerful engine is complemented with 19-inch Sport-design aluminum-alloy wheels with summer performance run-flat tires on the board. The other highlights of the Q70 Hybrid sedan include advanced safety features like Intelligent Cruise Control, SecuriLock Anti-Theft System, and SOS Post-Crash Alert System.

Trims

Q70 Hybrid

MSRP(RWD)

$56,400

Features

  • 360-hp 3.5-liter Hybrid V6 with Idle Start/Stop.
  • 19-inch Sport-design aluminum-alloy wheels with summer performance run-flat tires.
  • Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range).
  • Bose 16-Speaker Performance Series Audio.
  • INFINITI InTouch Navigation with Lane Guidance and 3D building graphics.
  • INFINITI InTouch Services including 12 months of safety, security, and convenience services.

The infotainment system is equipped with INFINITI InTouch Navigation system with Lane Guidance and 3D graphics along with a powerful 16-speaker performance series audio system from Bose. The luxury sedan features premium spacious interiors along with heated front seats and dual-zone climate control system on the board.

2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan Engine

7.9/10

"Though vastly larger, the Q70 Hybrid’s platform is shared with the Nissan 370Z. Sling it through a series of corners and those sporting roots become apparent. On winding roads, it has the tendency to shrink around the driver – a valuable trait in this segment."-CarBuzz

Engine & Transmission

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid's 3.5L V6 produces a power count of 360 HP which seems above average in the segment. The other competitors like Lexus GS 450h and BMW 330e iPerformance produce a lower power count of 338 and 248 hp respectively while Acura RLX Sport scores a best in class power count of 377 HP. Infiniti's Hybrid V6 is equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission while rivals like Lexus GS 450h, BMW 330e iPerformance, and Acura RLX Sport Hybrid come with CVT automatic, 8-speed Automatic, and 7-speed automatic transmissions respectively.

Models

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Lexus GS 450h

BMW 330e iPerformance

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

MSRP

$56,400

$63,635

$45,600

$54,900

Engine

3.5L V6 w/INFINITI Direct Response Hybrid

3.5L V6 24V DOHC

2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder/AC Synchronous Electric Motor with integrated power electronics

3.5L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC V6

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

CVT Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

Power

360 hp

338 hp

248 hp

377 hp

Torque

258 lb-ft

257 lb-ft

310 lb-ft

341 lb-ft

The torque count for the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid isn't much impressive as the luxury sedan produces below-average torque at 258 lb-ft while the rivals like BMW 330e iPerformance and Acura RLX Sport Hybrid offers higher torque counts of 310 and 341 lb-ft respectively. The real-life performance of Infiniti Q70 hybrid was actually much better than on paper performance.

Acceleration

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid shows agile performance count in the acceleration segment. The car takes only 4.9 seconds in attaining a speed of 60 MPH from still which is best among competitors in the segment. Though Acura RLX Sport Hybrid also takes 4.9 seconds in the 0-60 MPH test, Infiniti Q70 Hybrid outshines Acura RLX Sport Hybrid in the Quarter mile test with a minor gap of .4 second.

Models

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Lexus GS 450h

BMW 330e iPerformance

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

5.6 sec

5.9 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter mile

13.2 sec

13.6 sec

14.1 sec

13.6 sec

Engine

3.5L Hybrid

3.5L Hybrid

2.0L Hybrid

3.5L Hybrid

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.9

5.7

N/A

6.3

Other rivals like Lexus GS 450h and BMW 330e iPerformance take 13.6 and 14.1 seconds respectively in covering a quarter mile distance. The CO2 emission is lowest in the Lexus GS 450h; it is the most environment-friendly hybrid sedan among the competitors. Infinity also comes out as an environmental-friendly hybrid with a CO2 emission of 5.9 tonnes for every 15k mile distance covered.

Ride and Handling

Infiniti has maintaned high level of comfort through premium comfortable seats in the Q70 Hybrid. The interiors are convenient with all the standard features like heated seats, advanced climate control, interactive styling and some utilities like cup holders on the board. The riding comfort was commendable in the Infinity Q70 Hybrid. The riding performance was sporty with powerful acceleration and smooth automatic transmission. The advanced suspension handles all types of roads well and ensures a smooth ride without much hick-ups. The steering offers confident control on all speeds throughout the journey. The overall riding and handling experience was upto the standards of the segment while the interiors were impressive.

Braking

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid is equipped with large braking pads of length 12.6 and 12.1 inches respectively for front and rear respectively. The braking pads are easily accessible and feature good grip. Infinity Q70 features good safety features but it isn't equipped with a powerful braking system.

Model

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Lexus GS 450h

BMW 330e iPerformance

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

Brake Front(in)

12.6

13.1

12.3

13.0

Brake Rear(in)

12.1

12.2

11.8

12.2

Curb weight(lbs)

4178

4112

3900

4380

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

123

113

120

Infiniti Q70 slides 124 feet while decelerating from 60 miles per hour to still. The braking system shows below average results when compared with other hybrid luxury sedans in the segment. Other competitors like Lexus GS 450h, BMW 330e iPerformance, and Acura RLX Sport Hybrid slide 123, 113, and 120 miles respectively while decelerating from 60 MPH/ hour to still. The BMW 330e iPerformance offers powerful braking system while the other three offer more of less same braking performance in real life.

2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Considering the Hybrid segement, all luxury sedan, Infiniti Q70 hybrid is equipped with a powerful yet fuel-efficient technology. The luxury hybrid sedan offers a fuel economy of 28 and 33 MPG on city roads and highways respectively. The fuel economy of the Infiniti Q70 stands above average in the hybrid luxury segment.

Model

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Lexus GS 450h

BMW 330e iPerformance

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

MPG city

28

29

N/A

28

MPG highway

33

34

N/A

29

MPG combined

30

31

30

28

The combined fuel economy for Infiniti Q70 Hybrid counts at 30 MPG while other competitors like Lexus GS 450h, BMW 330e iPerformance, and Acura RLX Sport Hybrid feature fuel economies of 31, 30, and 28 respectively. At last, Infiniti Q70 hybrid's performance was impressive in the segment as it has a high curb weight 4178 lbs along with a powerful V6 engine.

2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan Interior

6.9/10

"For a platform as old as this, the ergonomics and layout are still surprisingly great. Relatively wide door apertures lead to high mounted seats – relative to the floor level – that are supple and comfortable."-CarBuzz

Seating & Comfort

Infiniti Q70 features a passenger capacity of five. Infiniti has kept the premium interiors along with adjustable, heated seats of the previous 2017 model in the all new variant Infiniti Q70 hybrid. The front and back seats offer high level of comfort along with enough head/leg/ shoulder space for the passenger. Four 6-feet passengers can travel in the Q70 Hybrid with ease as the car offers high passenger volume of 103.6 ft. cube.

Model

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Lexus GS 450h

BMW 330e iPerformance

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft.cube)

103.6

99.0

91.0

102.1

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

39.1/58.4/44.0

38.0/57.3/42.3

40.3/55.1/42

37.6/59.6/42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.7/56.7/36.2

37.8/55.3/36.8

37.7/55.1/35.1

36.9/57.0/38.8

The Infiniti Q70 hybrid is equipped with an 8-inch InTouch infotainment system which isn't much interactive and convenient as the other's in the segment. The infotainment system is also bundled with INFINITI InTouch Services including 12 months of safety, security, and convenience service on the board. Though the infotainment system is not all the best available system in the segment, It features impressive sound output.

Cargo Capacity

Infiniti Q70S hybrid features a cargo volume of 11.3 ft. cube which is definitely not the best cargo volume offered by a car in the category. You have to make minor adjustments while lodging the cargo of the four passengers for a weekend trip. The other hybrid sedans in the segment like lexus GS 450h offers a magnificent boot capacity of 15.9 ft. cube.

Model

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Lexus GS 450h

BMW 330e iPerformance

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

Volume (cube ft.)

11.3

15.9

13.0

12.0

Frankly, we are expecting a more from Infiniti in the segment. The competitors like Lexus GS 450h, BMW 330e iPerformance, and Acura RLX Sport Hybrid are offering better fuel capacities of 15.9, 13.0, and 12.0 respectively. At last, the car lacks in the book capacity when compared with other hybrid sedans in the segment.

2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan Exterior

7.9/10

"The Q70 is at once elegant, muscular, yet understated. We're thankful that Infiniti has resisted the temptation to add a gaping grille to the Q70, as has become the trend among so many other luxury automakers."-kbb.com

Dimension & Weight

The exteriors of the Infiniti Q70 Hybrid are sporty as well as glossy. The front LED headlights are boosted with aggressive styling. The build is sturdy, and craftmanship is inline with the German competitors. The dimensions of Infiniti Q70 measures at 194.7, 72.6, and 59.1 inches for length, width, and height respectively.

Model

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Lexus GS 450h

BMW 330e iPerformance

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

curb weight(lbs)

4178

4112

3900

4380

Length(in)

194.7

192.1

182.8

198.1

Width(in)

72.6

72.4

71.3

74.4

Height(in)

59.1

57.3

56.3

57.7

Ground clearance(in)

6.0

5.1

5.5

3.8

Wheel base(in)

114.2

112.2

110.6

112.2

Track width(in) F/R

62/61.8

62.0/62.6

60.3/61.9

64.3/64.2

The luxury hybrid sedan features a wheel base of 114.2 which is highest in the class. The ground clearance offered by Infiniti Q70 hybrid also stands best in class at 6 inches while the competitors like Lexus GS 450h, BMW 330e iPerformance, and Acura RLX Sport Hybrid feature ground clearances of 5.1, 5.5, and 3.8 inches respectively.

2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan Safety

8.1/10

Infiniti Q70 is equipped with advanced safety features Intelligent Cruise Control, SecuriLock Anti-Theft System, and SOS Post-Crash Alert System. The car features LATCH ( child safety locks) on the back seats for child safety. For convenient parking and security, the car features a smart parking system along with a rear view camera.

  • INFINITI Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with an occupant-classification sensor. Air bag inflation rate is adjusted depending on crash severity. If the front-passenger\u2019s seat is empty, a sensor will deactivate the air bag
  • Glove Box Door Integrated Knee Airbag
  • Driver's knee airbag.
  • Belt-Minder front safety belt reminder
  • Dual front airbags
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children)
  • Personal Safety System for driver and front passenger
  • Rear view camera
  • Safety Canopy side-curtain airbags
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Illuminated entry.
  • SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System
  • Remote keyless entry system.

The passenger safety features offered by Infiniti Q70 include Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with an occupant-classification sensor along with crash senstivity and passenger detection. Front seats Knee Airbags and Front-seat side-impact airbags are also present on the board. Infiniti Q70 also scored impressive results in IIHS and crash prevention and mitigation test. The side, roof strenght and Head restraints and seats were deemed as 'Good' in the IIHS test while the crash prevention and mitigation results were superior and acceptable for front crash prevention and headlights respectively.

IIHS Results

Crashworthiness

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Crash prevention and mitigation

Frontal Crash Prevention

Superior

Headlights

Acceptable

2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan Competition

Lexus GS 450h vs Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid offers better engine, acceleration, spacious interiors when compared with the Lexus GS 450h. On the other hand, Lexus GS 450 excels in fuel economy, braking, and transmission. Both cars offers tough competition to each-other in the luxury hybrid sedan segment. The lexus GS also features better cargo capacity, along with a higher price tag.

BMW 330e iPerformance vs Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

BMW 330e iPerformance outshines Infiniti Q70 Hybrid in  braking, information system, cargo and low price. On the other hand, Infiniti Q70 Hybrid comes with better acceleration, premium and spacious interiors and higher ground clearance on the board.

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid vs Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

Both Acura RLX Sport Hybrid and Infiniti Q70 Hybrid feature powerful hybrid engines with agile accelerations. The Infiniti Q70 excels from Acura RLX Sport Hybrid in ground clearance, fuel economy, and safety while the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid outshines Infiniti Q70 Hybrid in segments like infotainment system, braking and exteriors.

2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

The luxury hybrid sedan, Infiniti Q70 Hybrid, features a powerful V6 engine which produces impressive acceleration. The major highlights of the luxury sedan include good fuel economy, premium-cum -spacious interiors and advanced safety features while the car lags in some segments like boot space and infotainment system.

Pros

Powerful Hybrid engine and acceleration

Good ground clearance

Spacious, premium interiors

Fuel- economy

Cons

Cargo Capacity

Infotainment system

Average braking performance

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change



Styles

 2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan in Chestnut Bronze color  2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan in Majestic White color  2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan in Liquid Platinum color  2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan in Graphite Shadow color  2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan in Black Obsidian color
Chestnut Bronze

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

7.9

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

6.9

Exterior

7.9

Safety

8.1

Driving

7.9

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Infiniti Q70 hybrid Sedan Hybrid LUXE

Hybrid LUXE

power
360 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
30 combined

$56,400


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