Infiniti Q70 Hybrid interior & comfort

The Infiniti Q70 Hybrid is comfortable and well-appointed, but the dashboard is showing its age

The Q70 Hybrid has pretty much every option box ticked, especially if you choose the Premium Tech version, which justifies a price tag knocking on the door of £50,000. The cabin, while well-appointed, is beginning to show its age, with a confusing array of buttons, a dated infotainment display and no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto connectivity.

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid dashboard

The dashboard is looking decidedly old-school, dominated by a huge centre console and a confusing array of buttons and switches. The dials look dated in light of rivals with customisable digital instrumentation, while the overall look and feel is perhaps a few years out of date.

The traditional analogue clock is a neat touch, while the sweeping design ahead of the passenger seat creates a good look. The Q70 Hybrid models are finished with white ash wood contrasted by a silver-powder finish which helps to lift an otherwise grey and sombre cabin.

Equipment, options and accessories

There are two trim levels available: Premium and Premium Tech. Both are extremely well equipped, which is just as well considering the Q70 Hybrid Premium costs £44,000, with the Premium Tech version costing £48,000.

The list of standard equipment is extensive and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, LED automatic levelling headlights, LED rear lights, keyless entry, rear-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, follow-me home lighting, six-speaker audio system, electric heated and ventilated front seats and a multi-function steering wheel.

Upgrading to the Premium Tech adds ForestAir scented air-conditioning (yes, really), active trace control for smoother cornering, a comprehensive Safety Shield pack, a Visibility pack comprising corner parking sensors and headlight washers, a Welcome pack comprising memory for the driver’s seat, steering column and door mirrors, along with a heated steering wheel, plus a Multimedia pack comprising a Bose Premium surround sound system.

You cannot add the Safety Shield to the Premium model, which might tip the balance in the favour of the Premium Tech trim level.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

The central infotainment display is of a good size, but the graphics are looking dated, especially in light of some of the Q70’s German and Swedish rivals. When viewed collectively, the traditional dials, dated graphics and analogue clock look mismatched, lacking the cohesion of some of the cars launched over the past couple of years.

You do get voice control for the sat-nav, while smartphones can be linked to the audio system via USB, AUX-in and Bluetooth. The absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is a negative point.