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Spacious Infinti Q70L short on amenitiesThe new Q70L features a few changes over its predecessor, the Infiniti M, but needs bigger changes to compete in the big sedan market.
Infinity's Q70 steps off from where the old M56 model left. Gaining a few features, and a whole lot of length. Let's check the tech in the 2015 Infinity Q70L. [MUSIC] This long wheel base model is six inches longer than the standard 270 model, and I have five and a half inches more leg room back here. So a lot of room in the backseat but what I don't have is a lot of amenities. I don't have controls for the audio system. I don't have a rear seat entertainment center. There's no USB port to plug in my iPhone. It's pretty bare bones back here. Now, pricing for a base 270 model is 49,850. But the long wheel base model with a V8 engine, is 67,050 base. We add the technology package for a lot of driver assistance features, that's 3,300 dollars, so we're up just a little over 70 grand. For this model. I'm seeing a lot of familiar things in this 270 that remind me of the M56 because they're really from that model. First off, we have this really nice woodwork over the console. This is really nice looking stuff. And we also have the old familiar Infiniti head unit and Cole system. All these buttons up here and this is actually a touch screen in the dashboard. I really like this set up it's sort of a hybrid touch screen control set up but this is kind of an older navigation system. This is in perspective view right now I can also look at it in plan view. When I go to my destination menu I've got the usual things like street address, points of interest and all that but I do have a new feature here for the Q70 that Infinity added. For this model. It's called Connected Search. So this is actually relying on a data connection into the car. So I'll just reach up here and hit each letter. I type in CVS. I hit search. And now it's found CVS. Has a location right here. So now I can just. Hit this enter button and set that as my destination through the navigation system. So that's a very convenient feature to have handy. And when I hit this camera button. I get a surround view of the car and I can change this view to actually see the front if I need to see what's in front of me if I'm pulling out of a blind alley or something. Then I have this button that says disk auxiliary and this actually takes me through all the different audio options. So I have this. I've got Bluetooth audio. If I plugged in something in the USB port in the console, I could have a USB drive or IOS integration with my iPhone. And we're listening to these audio sources through a 16 speaker Bose Audio System. That's actually an upgraded sound system in this car. So we have normal speakers around the cabin in the doors, a center channel up here in the dashboard, and I also have four speakers in. The chairs here in the shoulders of the seats. There's four speakers. Two on each side. And that adds dimension to the sound quality. The shifter on the console here. That shifts a seven speed, automatic transmission. That's the only choice you get in this car. And then I have this dial here with different drive modes. Right now, it's set in sport. I turn it, and I get normal mode. There's also eco and snow mode. [MUSIC] But under the hood of this Q70, I've got a 5.6 liter V8. That's the same engine as they had on the previous M56 model. That's good for 416 horsepower, 414 pound-feet of torque, you get 16 miles per gallon in the city, 23 miles per gallon on the highway. Even with this big engine and the amount of power I get, I'm not really a big fan of this car. When I put it in eco mode, it's really. Sluggish. Now I know it's detuned throttle. It's supposed to maybe not use as much gas when I accelerate but it's kind of annoying. And in fact, it almost feels dangerous at times. It really feels like a complain. So I've got it in Sport Mode now which. A lot more reactive to the throttle. A lot more satisfying drive. In this car, it also have a number of driver assistance features. It's got blind spot monitors. There's also adapter cruise control but this car has another little trick up it's sleeve. Got something that Infiniti calls distance control assist. And that's this little button on the steering wheel here. When I press it, this car is now. Looking around and monitoring the traffic ahead. And if that traffic stops this system will actually bring this Infiniti 270 to a full stop by itself. But one thing I don't like what it'll do, and it just beeped. You heard that. So it'll stop then I have to take over. I actually have to hit the brake. So I don't see why it doesn't just hold the brake itself and let me. Kinda relax. You know, overall, this Q70 is a fairly comfortable car, but it's just old. It really lacks some of the amenities that maybe it should have. It is definitely, in need of an update. I'm looking forward to what Infinity can do with this car, because they did amazing things with. With the 250 Hybrid. So, hopefully, we get something equally as good with the next generation of the Q70. [MUSIC]