I have owned 5 Mercedes including an S Class car. I compared this car to the Mercedes E350 and lower end S class cars, the Audi8 and the BMW's. It is definitely bigger than the E350 and about the same as the Audi, maybe the same or slightly larger, feeling than the S class? I have not compared the specs they will tell you but I am 6'1" and when sitting in the back can't touch the front seat and when in the front it is huge. I bought the car because of the technology package which is one of the tops on the market. The car has a smooth ride, quickly passes cars on the highway and is a joy to drive. This may be the best value luxury car on the market. I strongly suggest the "L" edition for the extra room.
In the last 7 years I have owned a Cadillac and a Lexus GS. After thinking I wanted to buy another Lexus, they have made the body style way to edgy for my taste. Cadillac also is taking on edgy lines and too many upgrades to make what you want an additional $10K in package cost. I also test drove the Lincoln MKZ & MKS, both left me very unimpressed. My husband said I've always liked Infinity's let's see what the new ones have to offer. Started off test driving the Q50, very stylish and was a comfy ride, however it lack all the power functions including cold seats that my Lexus spoiled me with. Then they showed my the Q70L... It was LOVE at first sight, what a beautiful car.
I have had this car for three months now and both my wife and I love it! We have a Mercedes E300 and love that car as well but the Infiniti is far more interesting and more compelling to both drive and look at. We are objective people and are honest.. This car is simply a beautiful car. Wonder why Edmunds would be so insulting towards this car... Hmmm, something just isnt right!
I bought a fully loaded Q70S after a very careful review and test drives that included the Jaguar XF AWD Portfolio, the Audi A7 and A6, the BMW 528i and 435. Based on a mix of performance, comfort, features and cost the top 2 were the Jaguar and the Q70S AWD. To me the Jag looked better, but the Infiniti drove better in the sport configuration and has more space for rear passengers. All I can say is that unless what you're looking for is a BMW (because there are people who specifically like a BMW - in which case everything else will fall short) or are Looking to maximize your prestige the Q70 is an excellent choice to consider.
After ten years with g35 I made the move to the q70 after driving Cadillac CTS and Hyundai Genesis. I like that it sits a bit higher for easier entry for a taller guy--I'm 6'5". And, I have tons of headroom and leg room. Even with moonroof which I haven't had in all prior cars due to my height. The handling isn't as crisp as g35 but it is a bigger car and I was ready for the extra room. Still handles very nicely. I like the Sport mode best--closer the the great handling of the G35. Gas mileage is only mediocre but that wasn't an issue for my needs. Love all the tech stuff--voice activated blue tooth, nav, locks, etc. I like the looks of the exterior and the looks, cush, pampering of the interior. Hoping for the same great reliability of my g35. Well, it's one year later and I'm still satisfied. The all wheel drive was great in the winter snow. Absolutely no maintenance problems (which will jinx me, for sure).