Infiniti Q70 Hybrid practicality & boot space

The Infiniti Q70 Hybrid offers plenty of cabin space by the battery pack robs it of much needed luggage capacity

The Q70 Hybrid offers a mixed bag in terms of practicality, with good cabin space for five adults offset by a tiny boot. The location of the battery pack means that the hybrid version offers just 350 litres of boot space, which is less than you’d find in a Volkswagen Golf. In the Q70 Hybrid’s favour is a high level of comfort throughout the cabin.

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid interior space, storage & comfort

Space in the front is good, despite a huge centre console splitting the front seats, and the bulky dashboard makes things seem a little cosy, lacking the light and airy feel of some of its rivals. It’s not cramped – there’s plenty of knee and legroom for both front seats – it just feels small.

The good news continues in the back, with enough room for three adults to sit three abreast, with plenty of head, knee and legroom for even the tallest of passengers. The only gripe is the transmission tunnel which means the middle seat passenger will struggle to find a place for their feet.

There’s a decent sized glovebox and a large storage bin between the front seats. There are two cup-holders in the front and a further two on the rear armrest, along with a sunglasses holder above the rear-view mirror.

Boot space

For such a big car, the luggage capacity is a huge disappointment, with the Q70 Hybrid offering just 350 litres of boot space. This is down from 500 litres in the 3.7-litre petrol version and 450 litres in the 2.2-litre diesel.

The problem is the battery pack for the hybrid system, which sits behind the rear seats and eats into the boot. Although this is a familiar complaint in the hybrid and plug-in hybrid segments – the BMW 530e offers a mere 410 litres of space – the Q70 Hybrid’s capacity is more hatchback than large saloon. The Volkswagen Golf, for example, offers 380 litres.

The rear seat doesn’t split or fold, further limiting the versatility and flexibility of the Q70 Hybrid. Also, unlike the non-hybrid versions, there’s no ski hatch in the hybrid model.