The whole is greater than the sum of its parts
January 29, 2018
I did a 'lot' of research and test drives. I ended up with the Q70L with the ProActive, Sensory and Performance Tire/brake package (basically everything). My final choice was between a BMW 540xi, Volvo S90 Inscription and the Infiniti Q70L. Here is what I like about the Q70L:
1. Great blend of performance and luxury. To me, interior space, AV, material quality and design are all aspects of luxury and for performance, I am mainly looking for an engaged regular drive. So not sports-car-like, but not sluggish either. The Q70L's V6 and interior quality is overall an excellent package.
2. The interior is really the best the class. Semi-aniline leather available on the Q70 is only available in higher end cars like BMW's 7 Series and Lexus LS500 etc. The leather is excellent in the Q70L and the Bose Audio can only be matched if you have the Bowers and Wilkens Premium audio systems which cost over $3,000 on the other cars. The Q70 also uses active noise cancellation so the combination of a quiet interior, great seats and audio make it a best in class to me. I don't think a test drive does justice in terms of being able to test the interior of a car. The BMW 5 series works great in a test drive, but having owned one, I can easily say the Q70L is a much more comfortable car.
3. The user interface of the inbuilt infotainment system is one of the best. You can do everything with buttons or the touchscreen. Also, while the screen isn't as big as the S90 or as high-tech as the BMW 5 series, the implementation of the features on the Infiniti is next to none. With the proactive package, you get almost every important driving aid feature (except for auto parking - which is a great gimmick on the BMW) but it is implemented in a way that you can turn on and off any feature without hassle. I know this doesn't show up in test drives, but in daily use, ease of use really helps. The same can be said for the Infotainment system. It is easy to connect to your phone and also to choose your source for music etc. The use of physical buttons is a real plus.
In summary: The Q70L is a car you'll love to drive and use in everyday life. It's a highly underrated car, but if you take the time to evaluate it rationally you'll realize how well made it really is.