Time has been harsher on the cabin of the Q70 than it has been on its swooping exterior, and the best mid-sized executive saloons now set the bar high for interior quality.
Six years ago, Infiniti might have just got away with the use of words like ‘meticulous’, ‘inviting’ and ‘intuitive’ in its description of the M30d’s various appointments and systems.
But the current versions of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Lexus GS have made the market accustomed to higher standards of perceived quality, apparent technological sophistication and systems usability.
Even so, the Q70 remains a spacious saloon for both driver and passengers, with some pleasingly rich and attractive features. The driver’s seat is comfortable and the primary controls well located. Although they’re busy with switchgear, the high centre console and raised ‘waterfall’ centre stack seem to stretch out towards you to put the multimedia and air conditioning controls within easy reach.
Despite the Q70's cabin feeling a bit low rent compared with its German rivals, you still get plenty of equipment with four trim levels to choose from - Premium, Premium Tech, Sport and Sport Tech. Entry-level models get 18in alloy wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and start, and sat nav as standard, while the Premium Tech models gain Infiniti's Dynamic Shield protection technology, a 360-degree camera, semi-aniline leather upholstery and a Bose sound system.