2020 Infiniti Q50 Review
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2020 Infiniti Q50 Review

By Autolist Editorial | November 18, 2020

Quick Facts:

Pros:

  • Ultra-powerful V6 powertrain option.
  • Comfortable and luxurious inside and out.
  • Roomy seating and spacious interior.

Cons:

  • Options can raise pricing fast.
  • Additional touchscreen feels unnecessary.
  • The amount of options feels somewhat limited.
  • Would we buy one? Maybe, if the price came down.

Vehicle Type: Five-passenger compact luxury sedan.

Price Range: Pricing starting at $37,425, going to $55,275.

Powertrain: A twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine makes 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

A twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 making 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque is also available.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, with optional Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive.

A 7-speed automatic transmission is standard across all trims.

Competitors: Mercedes-Benz C-Class, BMW 3 series, and Audi S4.

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Overall Score: 8.7/10

Safety Features: 7/10

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For a high-powered sports sedan, the Infiniti Q50 seemed to treat safety as a side note, only equipping many advanced driver features on higher-tiered trims of the 2020 model year Q50. The Q50 is still a reputedly safe ride, but you have to pay more for the advanced safety features.

Automatic forward emergency braking, airbags, forward collision warning, and traction control are standard on all models.

Beyond that, more advanced safety features will have to be sought out in upgrades and higher trim levels. Both the Sport and Red Sport come with active-safety features like parking sensors, blind-spot monitors, and a surround-view camera system. Other available features include active lane control, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Q50 four out of five stars in rollover crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety designated the Q50 as 'Good' in most crashworthiness categories.


Value: 8/10

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For a high-powered sports sedan, the Infiniti Q50 seemed to treat safety as a side note, only equipping many advanced driver features on higher-tiered trims of the 2020 model year Q50. The Q50 is still a reputedly safe ride, but you have to pay more for the advanced safety features.

Automatic forward emergency braking, airbags, forward collision warning, and traction control are standard on all models.

Beyond that, more advanced safety features will have to be sought out in upgrades and higher trim levels. Both the Sport and Red Sport come with active-safety features like parking sensors, blind-spot monitors, and a surround-view camera system. Other available features include active lane control, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Q50 four out of five stars in rollover crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety designated the Q50 as 'Good' in most crashworthiness categories.


Tech Features: 7/10

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Infotainment may not be the biggest highlight of the Q50, nor was it ignored. Features are not overly abundant, but all Q50 models receive an updated dual-touchscreen infotainment system featuring an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with a lower-deck 7.0-inch vehicle settings touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard with dual USB ports in the front.

Upper trim levels receive better infotainment system features, including a 16-speaker Bose premium audio system, Bluetooth, keyless entry, a navigation system, a WiFi hotspot, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, and satellite radio.


Practicality: 8/10

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The sleek exterior suggests the cabin will have a sporty if confined cockpit, but storage and seating space are very good inside the Infiniti Q50.

The front seats are comfortable, both getting eight-way power-adjustment. The rear seats are roomy enough, and the legroom and headroom are not compromised thanks to the Q50's smart design. There are 13 cubic feet of trunk space for groceries or other items.

Curve-adaptive headlights with automatic high beams are available as an option for increased visibility.


Styling & Design: 9/10

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Infiniti has built a reputation for relentless luxury design, and the Q50's sleek, sculpted body comes in a variety of pleasing colors.

19-inch alloy wheels and an adaptive suspension give the Infiniti Q50 Sport trim some character and a comfortable ride.

The Red Sport's dark chrome exterior accents are handsome when combined with the Q50's sleek body design. Add in high-quality heated leather seats with contrast stitching and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and it is an impressive machine.


Driving Experience: 9/10

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The 2020 Infiniti Q50 delivers some serious performance and driving dynamics in a handsome sport luxury sedan. It matches or surpasses rivals with its fantastic powertrain options that add fun and power to the lineup.

Steering can be hit-or-miss with the Infiniti Q50. It can range from feeling slightly lazy to very responsive.

Admittedly, the extra 100 horsepower and 50 lb-ft or so of torque, thanks to the larger twin-turbochargers, speed sensors, and dual water pumps, adds a bit more pep and power. The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport feels underrated in the segment compared to the less aggressive Audi S4. When the raw power of the upgraded Q50 Red Sport engine kicks in, it feels like a legitimate sports sedan.


Fuel Efficiency: 8/10

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The Infiniti Q50's fuel economy is reasonably good, with the AWD being a little thirstier. Some rivals like the Volvo S60 and Audi A4 are more prudent in their gas consumption, but the Q50 is on par with averages for the segment.

The two different powertrains get different fuel efficiency based upon their drivetrains. For the base Q50 with rear-wheel-drive, fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20/29/23 mpg city/hwy/combined. Those numbers dip slightly with all-wheel-drive.

The Red Sport's more powerful twin-turbo V6 drops efficiency to 20/26/22 mpg and 19/26/22 mpg for the AWD variant.


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