This section was always likely to make painful reading for would-be Q50 owners. A big part of Infiniti’s problem is its greenness in the executive saloon market.

Stronger residual value forecasts and lower cost-of-ownership quotes might come in due course. But for now, you’ll need to be committed to choose the Infiniti Q50, because you’re unlikely to be persuaded by value for money.

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Our sources suggest that Q50 servicing, in particular, will be costly – twice as much as for an equivalent 3 Series or A4 – and that retained value after three years and 36,000 miles will be about five percent poorer than for those cars.

These factors feed into contract hire rates that are currently up to 40 percent more expensive – in the case of the diesel – than they should be. Company car tax liability will be only about average for the class.

Equipment levels are broadly competitive but, even here, the Q50 doesn’t look like it represents brilliant value. The entry-level models get cruise control and climate control, those dual touchscreens, a reversing camera and a stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming.

However, DAB radio isn't standard (with no cheap way to add it, either), while a factory sat-nav system will cost you almost £2000. Heated leather seats are standard, but it's worth ticking the boxes for metallic paint and Infiniti's Welcome Pack,

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Avoiding the steer-by-wire system means that you're restricted to entry-level and second-rung Premium specifications. Buyers should really consider opting for the automatic diesel variants instead of the manual, too, as it suits the car better.

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