2018 Infiniti Q70L 5.6 Luxe
Luxury. Performance. Refinement. Exclusivity. Comfort. Craftsmanship. Yup…the 2018 Infiniti Q70L has all of it and then some. My test drive was indeed filled with all of the above and the Q70L delivered it in spades. But is it enough to convince someone to drop $75K on a Performance Luxury Sedan?
The ‘Luxe’ designation in the name is applied to all non-hybrid models, which seems a bit redundant to me. No one considering a Q70 – or any Infiniti for that matter – questions the luxury of the car they’re considering. Other than this new designation, as well as making the InTouch single display standard in the Q70 and Q70L, the car is essentially unchanged for 2018. And the “L” designates the longer wheel base Q70 which offers an added 5.6 inches of legroom for rear passengers. Impressive roominess to say the least.
Let’s start with performance. The Q70 is offered in a 3.7-liter V-6 but I got lucky and was able to test-drive the beast of the bunch – the 5.6-liter V-8 engine which is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control. It also included a manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching, which made the occasional manual-mode sprints extra fun. The massive power plant in the Q70L 5.6 produces 416 hp and 414 lb-ft torque, able to propel the car from zero to 60 mph in five seconds. Estimated fuel economy for the longer wheelbase Q70 comes in at a paltry 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway. This is painful. Then again, when you can afford a super-lux’ed-out performance sedan, maybe you couldn’t care less about fuel economy. So be it.
As one would expect from such a luxurious and finely appointed luxury sedan, the ride was heavenly. Comfortable in any of the four available driving modes – Standard, Eco, Sport or Snow – helped deliver one of the most effortless yet satisfying drives I’ve ever experienced. The Q70L’s larger wheelbase no doubt added to the car’s stability throughout corners. I fully expected more body roll but no matter how much I tried to get the Q70L to misbehave, it simply responded with a chest puff of performance and handling as if to mock my attempts.
Infiniti offers the following standard on the Q70: 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights/taillights, leather seats and leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power moonroof, 10-way power adjustable seat, dual-zone a/c, heated/cooled front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, push-button start, an 8-inch infotainment screen and an analog clock. And if you need more luxury in your life, you can opt for the Premium package which adds: navigation, front and rear parking sensors, a multi-camera parking system with Moving Object Detection, a 10-speaker Bose sound system, a rear spoiler, 20-inch wheels, illuminated door sills and a suede-like headliner.
The interior layout is user friendly, spacious and plush. With 10-way power seating and plenty of steering column tilt-and-telescoping variations, the 2018 Q70L is prepared for drivers of all shapes and sizes. The seats are very comfortable with plenty of cushion support and rear passengers will enjoy the elevated bottom cushion as well as extra thigh support.
The Infiniti Q70 is a ‘safe bet’ among cars in its class for safety. The sedan received four out of five stars for frontal and rollover crash tests. The IIHS gives the vehicle a “Good” rating for ranking high in all five crash test, and “Superior” for frontal test. The optional ‘Technology package’ will provide you with additional driver assisted features such as blindspot warning, blindspot intervention, Intelligent cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, forward collision warning and back-up collision intervention.
Starting price for the Infiniti Q70 begins around $48,200, Hybrid models beginning at $52,450. But depending on your required level of luxury, optional packages can make that sticker price climb – our Q70L Luxe test vehicle topped out at $75,115. Excuse me while I apply for my second and third jobs.
See you on the road,
Fabian Campos is an automotive journalist located in the Denton, Texas, area where he supports Denton MOTO Collective, a gathering of like minded motorcycle enthusiasts.