The Q50’s styling has aged gracefully.
In automotive phrases, the Infiniti Q50 is historic, courting again to 2014 in its present kind, although the automotive’s foundations are a lot older than that. Positive, modifications and enhancements have been made alongside the way in which, however the Q50 hasn’t actually saved tempo with its ever-evolving competitors. But regardless of some important shortcomings, I nonetheless respect this four-door’s easy, responsive powertrain, luxurious styling and premium inside, particularly in Signature Version trim. The Q50 might fall wanting rivals, however in different methods it is proof you may cheat Father Time.
LikeComfortable seatingHandsome stylingPremium inside
Do not LikeWeird infotainment systemAnesthetized steeringQuestionable tech
Despite the fact that it is mainly a senior citizen in automotive phrases at this level, the Q50 nonetheless appears to be like swish; extra enticing (at the very least for my part) than another luxurious sports activities sedans like Acura’s new TLX or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This Infiniti’s lengthy hood, luxurious curves, alert headlamps, massive however not Lexus-size grille and flowing bodywork nonetheless look nice. Setting it other than different trim ranges, this Signature Version tester contains a darkish chrome grille encompass and 19-inch wheels handled to the identical smoky end. 4 curated paint colours are provided on this new trim, together with Grand Blue, which is the one you see right here. Curiously, there’s an upcharge for every of those exterior hues.
Inside, the Q50 continues to impress — principally. Signature Version variants include upscale saddle-brown leather-based, which appears to be like good and feels good. You additionally get black, open-pore wooden accents in addition to a normal 16-speaker Bose audio system. The automotive’s distinguished middle stack and sweeping dashboard design nonetheless make a press release, whereas the enticing tender plastics and meticulous meeting high quality stay aggressive right now. Consolation is one other space the place the Q50 excels. Like different Nissan and Infiniti autos, the entrance bucket seats are tremendous comfy, tender but supportive, plus the rear seat is lots spacious and fairly enjoyable, due to the place of the decrease cushion and a properly angled backrest.
One space that might be improved, nevertheless, is cupboard space. There’s valuable little room within the middle console for stashing stuff, only a tiny cubby forward of the shifter and a small bin beneath the middle armrest. As for the trunk, it clocks in at 13.5 cubic ft, lower than you get in mainstream sedans like a Honda Accord or Kia K5. For added versatility, the break up rear backrest folds down, revealing a modestly sized passthrough.
The place the Q50’s grey hairs actually begin to present is whenever you examine the tech. Commonplace security options embody automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning and one thing referred to as Predictive Ahead Collision Warning, which ingeniously retains tabs on the automobile that is in entrance of the automotive or truck you are following, so you may preemptively hit the brakes if they begin slowing down. Go for a higher-end Q50 and you will get a 360-degree digicam system with transferring object detection, blind-spot monitoring, automated excessive beams and adaptive headlights, options that ought to in all probability all be normal on this phase. Adaptive cruise management is included on all however probably the most fundamental mannequin, and it really works OK. It isn’t the smoothest system round, however it’s going to gradual the Q50 right down to a cease in heavy visitors, it simply will not maintain the automotive there. After a second or two, the system beeps and the automotive begins rolling ahead. Curiously, lane-departure warning is normal, however lane-departure prevention is just not provided on the Signature Version Q50; it is solely out there on top-shelf Purple Sport 400 fashions.
The tech ain’t nice, however this automotive’s inside continues to be comfy and welcoming.
The Q50’s InTouch infotainment system is an odd duck. It options two separate touchscreens: an 8-incher up prime that handles navigation features and 7-inch unit on the underside, which is the place the audio system and automobile settings reside. This multimedia array appears to be like prefer it was designed by two completely different groups on reverse sides of the planet. The person interface is disjointed and never instantly intuitive. I need to say, nevertheless, this method’s efficiency is sort of good. It responds promptly to inputs and pinch-to-zoom on the navigation map is fast and easy. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are each normal, as are two illuminated USB ports (one Sort-A and a Sort-C). Additionally, for 2021, a Wi-Fi hotspot is included within the Q50 at no additional value.
Hauling this automotive round is a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6. As refined as granulated sugar, its 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque present respectable, if not explosive, acceleration. Purple Sport 400 fashions function the identical fundamental engine, however thanks to some technical tweaks, they’re endowed with a further 100 hp and a heaping serving to of additional torque. The usual drivetrain is completely superb, however if you happen to can swing it, seize a Q50 with the extra highly effective engine. It will not disappoint.
Irrespective of the mannequin, this Infiniti comes normal with a tried-and-true seven-speed automated transmission. Fast-witted and easy, this gearbox will get the job finished with little drama. You may shift your self by sliding the selector lever over to the handbook gate, however curiously, my Signature Version tester doesn’t have paddle shifters, which is a peculiar omission in 2021, particularly for a luxurious automotive.
This twin-turbocharged engine gives an excellent 300 horsepower.
The Q50’s journey is unquestionably on the agency facet, however these stiff suspenders preserve the physique properly managed over undulating pavement. There’s little roll in corners, minimal squat or dive and 0 float. As for the brakes, they’re highly effective and the pedal is straightforward to modulate, extra progressive than Bernie Sanders. Sadly, the tires aren’t afraid to let their presence be recognized. This instance’s P245/40RF19 Dunlop rubbers broadcast the roadway in excessive constancy. Purple Sport 400 fashions provide a Dynamic Digital Suspension, which routinely adjusts the shock absorber valves for various highway situations.
The tire noise is a bit disappointing, however unquestionably this Infiniti’s biggest weak spot is its wonky energy steering, which is sort of a CIA agent: sworn to secrecy. The usual setup (I am not even speaking in regards to the Direct Adaptive Steering system you will get on Purple Sport 400 fashions, which has its personal points) telegraphs zero info to your palms about what the entrance tires are doing. Toss the Q50 right into a nook and there is no sensation of weight switch, the wheel would not get heavier as you flip in additional aggressively, all of it simply feels utterly artificial, such as you’re steering the automotive with a video-game controller. One other downside: The Q50 additionally tends to wander. The automotive would not have a great sense of straight forward, requiring small course corrections on a regular basis.
A blended bag, that is a great way of summing this automotive up.
The 2021 Infiniti Q50 begins at about $38,000 together with $1,025 in vacation spot charges, which isn’t a nasty value as of late. Because it sits, although, the high-end, all-wheel-drive Signature Version mannequin you see right here checks out for round $52,000, a determine that is a bit more durable to justify.
In case you’re one of many half-dozen or so individuals nonetheless eager about driving a luxurious sedan as a substitute of an SUV, there are many good selections on the market, although the Infiniti Q50 is not essentially certainly one of them. I respect this automotive’s fashion, consolation and agreeable drivetrain, however there are a number of important weaknesses that detract from an in any other case nice bundle. In case you do not want the newest tech, can reside with anesthetized steering and respect uncommon infotainment methods, give it a shot. In order for you a automotive that is a bit extra fashionable, contemplate one thing else.