2017 Infiniti Q50 3.0t Sport 4-Door Sedan (Review)

The Infiniti Q50 is an elegant and luxurious midsize sport sedan with impeccable style, smooth on the road performance, excellent handling, and an eye catching exterior that sets it apart from others in its class.

Even though the Q50 is facing some major competition from other vehicles in the luxury sports car segment, it is a great option that offers more than just a beautiful exterior with top-of-the line features, advanced technology, good fuel economy, plush interior, and comes with either rear wheel drive or all wheel drive configurations and choice of hybrid or turbocharged engines.

The exterior is absolutely stunning with embellished connected curves and a distinctive grille that looks similar to a Lexus, but has a more subtle appearance with softer lines and angles. The model I tested had a beautiful exterior in the color of Iridium Blue, which glistened in the sunlight from every angle. Larger than some other vehicles in its class, the Q50’s unique design makes it appear smaller than it really is, yet still spectacular with sleek details from the front to the rear of the vehicle.

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 can seat up to five people comfortably and comes in five main trim levels- 2.0t, 2.0t Sport, 3.0t Sport, Hybrid Premium, and Red Sport 400.

The base model comes fitted with a stout 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb. feet of torque, while the turbocharged trims come equipped with a twin turbocharged 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb. feet of torque. The more powerful Red Sport 400 model yields an impressive 400 horsepower and 350 lb. feet of torque.  All trims come paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift control and a manual shift mode. The 2.0 trim yields 23 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, the 300-horsepower V6 yields 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, and the more powerful 400-horsepower V6 delivers an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

 

The 2.0t trim comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, selectable drive modes, synthetic leather upholstery, LED headlights and foglights, 8-way power adjustable front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6-speaker CD player, and two large twin/dual touchscreen displays- a 7” lower screen and an 8” upper screen.

The 2.0t Premium and 3.0t Premium trims come fitted with all of the aforementioned features of the base model, but add an advanced air filtration system, a sunroof, and a 16-speaker Bose premium surround sound system. The 2.0t Sport trim adds leather upholstery, auto-dimming mirrors, a sport-tuned suspension, manual thigh extensions for the front seats, improved 19-inch wheels, better brakes, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory functions, power lumbar adjustments for the driver, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and paddle shifters mounted to the steering column.

Both the 3.0t Sport and Red Sport 400 trims add adaptive suspension and come equipped with more potent engines with the Red Sport being the most powerful with brush exhaust tips, a sunroof, 14-speaker Bose Surround Sound System, an auto dimming rearview mirror, and a turbocharged V6 engine.

The Hybrid Premium comes equipped with the majority of the Premium trim features, but adds auto-dimming mirrors, remote ignition, an adaptive steering system, heated front seats, Infiniti InTouch emergency telematics, sport-tuned suspension, 19-inch wheels, wood interior trim, a power-adjustable and heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a navigation system, and driver-seat lumbar adjustments. Also included are advanced safety features such as a forward collision warning system with automatic braking, a surround-view camera system, front and rear parking sensors, and a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert.

A Premium Plus Package is available for all trims and adds heated front seats, auto-dimming mirrors, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, driver memory settings, 60/40-split folding rear seats, power lumbar for the driver seat, and a navigation system. Also available is a Driver Assistance package which includes- a blind-spot monitor, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors with cross-traffic alert, and front and rear collision warning systems.

A variety of add-on features are available and include- adaptive steering, a lane departure warning and prevention system, automatic high beams, adaptive headlights, and premium leather upholstery.

The interior of the Q50 3.0t Sport is exquisite and impressive with high quality materials throughout the dashboard and console areas, an Infiniti InTouch Twin-Screen System with a touchscreen, and the seats in the front cabin are plush, comfortable, supportive, and can be adjusted a variety of ways to maximize comfort. The controls are within reach of the driver, which is great for people of smaller stature like me.

There is plenty of head/legroom in the front cabin for taller passengers, but due to the sporty design of the vehicle’s roofline, the rear cabin is not as accommodating or easily accessible when entering/exiting the vehicle.  The trunk is ample with 13.5 cubic feet of space, providing plenty of room to transport medium and large items. Additional cargo room can be acquired by folding the rear seatbacks down.

 

Safety features for the Q50 include- adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, surround-view cameras, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors, and a forward-collision warning system.

One feature that really stands out to me the most is the InTouch Infotainment System, because it has two big 8” and 7” touch screens that are located one on top of the other, which act as a special hub or nucleus for the majority of the Q50’s main controls and features, but because there are so many controls/features, I did find that it took me some time to learn how to adjust certain settings, such as the climate, satellite radio, navigation, and audio settings. The screens appear to be strategically positioned at eye level for better readability and are somewhat slanted to minimize glare from the sun. Even though the infotainment system takes some time to get used to, it definitely is one of the best ones I have ever seen and it helps to make driving the Q50 a much more enjoyable experience.

On the road, the Q50 3.0t Sport is a strong performer delivering a smooth ride even on bumpier surfaces. The V6 feels strong with quick acceleration and responds briskly the moment the gas pedal is pressed.  The vehicle is poised at all times, navigates curvy roads and handles sharp turns with ease, and provides excellent maneuverability on busy freeways and in high traffic areas.

Infiniti has made a big step forward in an industry that for years has been dominated by European rivals by introducing the Q50.  It is the perfect combination of luxury, comfort, state of the art technology, and high performance, making it a top contender in its segment now and in the future.

To find out more about the new 2017 Infiniti Q50 Sport Sedan, please visit- www.Infiniti.com

 

 

 

 

 

Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network.

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