2014 Infiniti Q50 Sport Sedan (3.7L V6 7-Speed Automatic)
Driven On 2/11/2014
The Q50 S (aka Sport guise) shows the Q50 at its best, finally demonstrating the handling prowess that was only hinted at in the base Q50. Its non run-flat summer tires and better seats help transform the car into one of the best driver's cars in its class. It demonstrates a wide array of competencies.
PerformanceDynamically a highly competent car that, in this Sport guise with summer tires, is finally able to demonstrate its true capability. Sharper, grippy-er and, of course, powerful. Drives smaller than it is, and that's a compliment.
The 328-horsepower V6 accelerates the Q50 strongly, and the 7-speed automatic shifts quickly and downshifts willingly. It's now quieter than ever, too. A standout powertrain in its class.
Easy to modulate, consistent stops; good feel at pedal. Panic-stopping distance is exactly average for summer tire-equipped cars in this class.
Quick, precise and builds effort well. It is a bit on the light-effort side. Natural feel from this car's steering rack. Test car not equipped with the steer-by-wire option.
The Q50 Sport's summer tires and suspension tuning have revealed this chassis as a formidable sport sedan. Sharp, capable. Inspires confidence. High levels of grip and composure.
A very pleasant and intuitive car with a willing and capable powertrain. Good manners in typical driving circumstances and a natural demeanor.
ComfortThe Sport variant rides better and is equipped with better seats than the non-S. It's comfortable and generally quieter than the G37, though road noise is still noticeable.
The seats in the Q50S are more comfortable and more supportive than the base seats. The bolstering is more prominent but not obtrusive. There's also an adjustable thigh bolster.
More compliant than the run-flat tire equipped base Q50. The ride in the Q50 S is calmer, absorbing pavement imperfections more adeptly. Firm yet compliant.
Good isolation from wind noise. Road noise is noticeable. Engine noise is better muted than in previous G37 iterations.
InteriorBeautifully presented cabin looks and feels great. Conventional controls fall easily to hand. Touchscreen has usual drawbacks. A pleasant and spacious place in which to spend time.
Dual touchscreen nests most controls. It is sensitive to the touch and has logical screen flow, though is still subject to glare and fingerprints. No knobs for HVAC, only buttons.
Its low step-in height and accomodating seats facilitate easy entrances. Doors swing open with surprising ease.
Airy cabin and contoured dashboard provide a usefully large space. Six-footers can occupy the backseat with headroom to spare.
Expansive view through the windshield. The rising beltline and relatively high rear decklid shrinks the view over your shoulder and out the rear window.
Ample cargo volume with a wide aperture. Swallows a good amount of gear. Note: the conventional spare tire option reduces cargo volume somewhat vs the normal car.
ValueThe Q50 brings tangible improvements to an already excellent car in virtually every area. Comfort, space, refinement and efficiency have all stepped forward, and the powertrain is terrific.
Build Quality (vs. $)
No issues to speak of, and perceived build quality (gaps and color matches) is on par with others in this highly competitive segment.
Well-equipped in Sport form and available with many optional features at reasonable prices.
Compared to the G37 it replaces, the Q50 is smartly priced. It's a noticeably better car for very little extra money.
EPA Combined is 23 mpg (20 City, 29 Highway). We managed 25 mpg on our standard evaluation loop.
The Q50's warranty coverage is 4 years/ 60,000 miles (basic and roadside), while the drivetain is covered for 6 yrs/70,000 mi. This is stronger than its German rivals.
No free maintenance is available with the Q50.
Fun To DriveThe Q50 is fun to drive by virtue of its alert, strong powertrain and sharp steering. Handling is noticeably better in the Q50S than the non-S.
Very pleasant car in which to spend time. This variant of the Q50 (Sport model with the non-active steering) appears to the be Goldilocks version of the Q50: It's just right.
An enthusiastic chassis is unlocked when you select the Sport variant, and in terms of its prowess the car still feels like a G37 despite the slightly larger size. This is, again, a good thing.