Good looking car, strong engine for the most part, comfortable interior on road trips, but overall a disappointment. Definitely buyer's remorse. The inTouch electronics are buggy, slow, or just plain don't work. Dealer has been really nice, but they can't change the poor quality and design of the manufacturer's electronics. I have a complaint logged with Infiniti Consumer Affairs, and they were also really nice, but unwilling to do anything about the problems I've had. I've had the car about a year and a half, and its been in the shop cumulatively for almost a month. And after today, when several functions of the car electronics disappeared, I now have to schedule it into the shop again. I have never had problems like this with any car I've ever owned. My second Infiniti, but it will be my last.
I was in the market to purchase a Q50, the reviews were scary. Look, the infotainment center is a computer! Just like any desktop computer, it is going to take a minute to boot up & become responsive. So if you are expecting super fast touch screens, do not look at this car. For me, It is quick enough, I never complain about it because I look at it as a computer and interact with it as such! I Love the car and all the features is offers! The ride is smooth, the car is quick & coming from a Hyundai Sonata the difference in quality all around is massive! I bought this car for a long term daily drive & am a happy camper!
I had a 2012 G37S, so this is a direct comparison. The Q50 isn't bad but it's a more refined and watered down G. The build is more solid with tighter fitting exterior joints and more solid interior. My G would creak and pop over any imperfection, this is much more solid of a car with a stiffer structure. The steering is not like the G AT ALL! New steer by wire is HORRIBLE! I have the elect assist and it has more feel but on center isn't great and too light. The car is quieter, but could be better. The run flat tires are prob the culprit. The gas mileage is pretty good, avg 30.9 on 600 mile trip at 65-75 mph. The infotainment system is half baked and needs major work.
This car is nearly perfect. It has a combination of looks, power, and technology that's unbeatable in its class, except for one thing: it bundles features that should be standard into expensive packages. I was ready to purchase the Q50 AWD Premium with navigation and leather. But in order to get memory seats and a reverse tilt down mirror, you have to move up to the Deluxe Package (another $3,100). This is unacceptable. I do NOT want the Direct Adaptive Steering that's part of this package. Really disappointed Infiniti would force its customers to buy this new technology that many do not want.
After three years this is still the best car I have ever owned. I have not had one problem with it and it has just been a joy to drive. I almost dread turning it in for a new lease. This is my third Infiniti - G35, G37S and now the Q50. I have loved all of them but this is by far the best of the bunch. Everything about this car is great including the technology, which is amazing. The handling and the ride are better than both of the previous cars.
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing and lift
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
328 @ 7,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
269 @ 5,200
Seven-speed automatic with console shifter with Sport/Competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
The traction control system seems to be optimized to allow the exact amount of wheelspin for an effective launch, as I essentially matched it when I shut it off. The engine pulls hard throughout its rev range, in each gear, and upshifts (in any mode) occur at redline. There seems to be much, much more isolation from the engine/exhaust sounds than in a comparable G37 at idle, wide-open throttle, and at 70-mph cruise, and that is a good thing.
Predictably, these tires do the Q50 no favors in braking distances. Anything over 120 feet for a sport sedan (even a touring version of a sport sedan) doesn't sit right with us. Luckily, there's little to no fade or heat soak and the distances remained steady for seven stops.
"Slalom: My first impression was that sand had been stewn over the slalom course. Where's the grip? Why is the ESC grabbing brakes so darned hard at the FIRST cone? I am utterly shocked at the lack of capability here -- some 5 mph slower than a G37 (that's huge). Steering is still quick and precise (a little distant), but it was all I could do to maintain a smooth pass without upsetting the ESC that was very, very unhappy and noticeably altering the car's path at each cone.