Before too much longer we’ll test a hybrid that tows as well as the best diesels, but the Infiniti M35h is not that car.
Before a wheel is turned, the Infiniti is at a disadvantage because of its modest 1500kg towing limit. If your van weighs less than this, then fine, but that’s well below the 85% match figure and much less than any other car in the heavyweight class can comfortably tow.
Even pulling a relatively light tourer, the Infiniti struggled in the lane-change test, with the stability control intervening early and hard. Drivers who took the Infiniti out in a crosswind complained that high-speed stability was also poor, although those who drove the car in lighter winds found it reasonably stable.
The M35h makes up some lost ground, thanks to the responsive and powerful combination of V6 petrol and electric power. The 30-60mph sprint took just 6.6 seconds, so it’s easy to make the most of any overtaking opportunity.
Because of the need to find room for the electric motor and battery, hybrids often have poor boot space. Unfortunately that’s the case here, and our practicality judges couldn’t find space for anything like a typical load of holiday luggage. However, the Infiniti did pick up some points for having a reversing camera – handy if you ever hitch up on your own.