The Infiniti Q50 effectively replacesInfiniti's popular G series entry-level luxury sport four-door. And just like the G, the Q50 offers Infiniti's appealing combination of luxury, performance and value wrapped up in handsome styling.
Although the segment has historically been dominated by elite German nameplates, the Infiniti Q50 holds its own against these typically pricier models. The Infiniti also comes with the latest high-tech features, and there's an available hybrid model as well.
Current Infiniti Q50
The Infiniti Q50 entry-level compact luxury car is available in five main trim levels: 2.0t, 3.0t, Red Sport 400 and Q50 Hybrid. Infiniti also offers three subtrims: Luxe, Pure and Sport.
The Q50 2.0t starts with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (208 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. Moving up to the 3.0t brings a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (300 hp, 295 lb-ft of torque). All-wheel drive is again optional. The Red Sport 400 has an even more powerful V6 (400 hp, 350 lb-ft of torque).
Standard feature highlights for the 2.0t include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, keyless entry and ignition, power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, dual touchscreen displays and a six-speaker sound system.
The 3.0t is equipped similarly to the 2.0t trim, while the Red Sport 400 has unique 19-inch wheels, adjustable suspension settings, quilted leather upholstery, heated front seats and remote engine start.
The Q50 Hybrid Luxe comes in one trim level similarly equipped to the 3.0t Luxe, but it also borrows from the Sport and Red Sport 400 features. Some extra features, including adaptive cruise control and a premium Bose audio system, are also standard on the Hybrid.
On the move, the Q50 offers strong performance when equipped with one of the turbocharged V6 engine drivetrains. Handling is secure, and the Q50 is generally comfortable. Inside, the Q50's cabin makes use of high-quality materials and sturdy construction. The design hasn't changed much in nearly a decade, and the touchscreen has some drawbacks, but it remains a pleasant and spacious place for driver or passenger.
Overall, the Infiniti Q50 stands strong thanks to its well-trimmed and comfortable cabin, roomy trunk, user-friendly high-tech features, attractive MSRP, and the impressive mpg of the hybrid model. It's worth a good look if you're shopping for a sport-oriented entry-level luxury car.
Used Infiniti Q50 Models
The Infiniti Q50 was all-new for 2014. Originally, only the hybrid and a 3.7-liter V6 with 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque were offered. In 2016, Infiniti replaced the 3.7-liter V6 with the car's current lineup of engines that includes the turbocharged four-cylinder and V6s. Infiniti also revised the car's steering and suspension that year.
If you want a used car that predates the Q50's arrival, you should take a look at its predecessor, the Infiniti G sedan.
Read the most recent 2018 INFINITI Q50 review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used INFINITI Q50 page.