2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400

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2017 INFINITI Q50
2017 INFINITI Q50

Pros

  • Many standard high-tech electronics and safety features
  • Available turbocharged V6 engines deliver strong performance
  • Roomy trunk for the small luxury sedan class

Cons

  • Infotainment system isn't as intuitive as rivals
  • Interior design is showing its age


Which Q50 does Edmunds recommend?

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 with the 3.0t engine delivers strong performance and comes with more luxurious features. Its price is reasonable, too. Choosing between the Premium or Sport trim will depend on your driving style, but many of the Sport's features can be added as options. If nothing else, going with the Premium gives you a little more flexibility. The options aren't exorbitantly priced, but they are bundled in large packages. We were rather unimpressed with the last Q50 Hybrid we evaluated, but recent changes may have addressed some of the issues we encountered.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 is up against some very accomplished competitors in the luxury sport sedan class. But for those looking to buck the trend, the Q50 represents a viable alternative, delivering strong performance, plenty of features and a competitive price.

The 2017 Q50's interior design is showing its age — it is very similar to the G37 sedan that it replaced a few years ago — but the use of quality materials and sturdy construction keep it in favorable territory. That said, the competing Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class have all undergone more recent and significant redesigns, pushing them to the front of the class and perhaps taking the Q50 down a few notches. As a result, we suggest checking out all of the offerings in this competitive class.

As with many of its rivals, the Q50 is offered in more luxurious or sporty trims and with a choice of engines. There's also a hybrid model, but we need to evaluate it ourselves to see if it's been improved enough to escape the disappointment we experienced with a previous version.

2017 INFINITI Q50 configurations

The Infiniti Q50 is a luxury sport sedan with seating for five. It is available in four main trim levels: the 2.0t with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (208 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque); the 3.0t with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (300 hp, 295 lb-ft); the more powerful Red Sport 400 that uses the same V6 engine (400 hp, 350 lb-ft); and the Q50 Hybrid model that uses a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a 50-kW electric engine (combined 360 hp). A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission available, but buyers can choose between rear- and all-wheel drive.

In addition to the main trim choices, there are further variants. The main two are Sport and Premium, but there's also a base model for the 2.0t.

The 2.0t base model's feature highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and foglights, automatic wipers, selectable drive modes, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, twin touchscreen displays (8-inch upper and 7-inch lower), and a six-speaker CD player with two USB ports and satellite radio.

The 2.0t Premium and 3.0t Premium trims add a sunroof, a 16-speaker Bose premium surround-sound system and an advanced air filtration system. On top of these items, the 2.0t Sport and 2.0t Sport AWD trims include wider 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires, auto-dimming outside mirrors, upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, magnesium paddle shifters mounted to the steering column, leather upholstery, manual thigh extensions for the front seats, power lumbar and side bolster adjustments for the driver, driver-seat memory functions, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and 60/40-split folding rear seats. The 3.0t Sport trim is similarly equipped and adds an adaptive suspension. The Red Sport 400 also gets the suspension upgrade as well as wider rear tires (but not for AWD models) and, of course, red brake calipers.

The Hybrid Premium includes most of the Premium trim features and adds 19-inch wheels, the auto-dimming mirrors, an adaptive steering system, remote ignition, the sport-tuned suspension, a power-adjustable and heated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats, driver-seat  lumbar adjustments, a navigation system, Infiniti InTouch emergency telematics and wood interior trim. 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. The folding rear seats are not available.

Most features are available on supporting models in bundled option packages. Other add-ons include adaptive cruise control, adaptive steering, a lane departure warning and prevention system, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, and interior upgrades such as premium leather upholstery and wood accents.

Trim tested

2014 Infiniti Q50 Sport Sedan (3.7L V6; 7-speed automatic)

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current Infiniti Q50 has received some revisions to its engines, transmission, suspension and steering. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's Q50, however.

Driving

The Q50 is a highly competent luxury sedan that's enjoyable to drive. It drives like a smaller car, and that's a compliment. The Q50 Sport trim, in particular, is able to demonstrate its true capability thanks to sharper handling.

Acceleration

The older 328-horsepower V6 we tested back in 2014 provided strong acceleration, and the seven-speed automatic shifts were quick and the cabin remained quiet. We considered it a standout powertrain in its class. Both of the 2017's available turbo V6 engines are similarly powerful.

Braking

The brakes have a good feel and are easy to modulate, delivering consistent distances at the track. Panic-stopping distances are about average for summer-tire-equipped cars in this class.

Steering

The steering feels quick and precise and builds effort well, though it's a bit light for our tastes. Q50s with the adaptive steering option are less impressive.

Handling

The Q50 Sport's summer tires and firmer suspension tuning help turn the Q50 into a formidable sport sedan. It's sharp and capable and inspires confidence with high levels of grip and composure.

Drivability

The 2014 Q50 we tested was a very pleasant and intuitive car with a willing and capable powertrain. It exhibited good manners in typical driving circumstances and a natural demeanor. We expect similar qualities for the 2017 Q50.

Comfort

4.0
This older Sport variant rode better and was equipped with better seats than other trims. It was comfortable and generally quiet, though road noise was still noticeable.

Seat comfort

5.0
The seats in the Q50 Sport were more comfortable and more supportive than the base seats thanks to more prominent, but not obtrusive, side bolstering.

Ride comfort

The ride in the older Q50 (before the suspension changes in 2016) was more compliant than in the base Q50 equipped with run-flat tires. The ride was calmer, absorbing pavement imperfections more adeptly. We characterize it as firm yet compliant.

Noise & vibration

3.5
There was good isolation from wind noise, but road noise was still noticeable. Engine noise was better muted than in previous G37 iterations.

Interior

4.0
The Q50's cabin makes use of admirable materials and sturdy construction, but the design hasn't changed much from the G37 in over eight years. Conventional controls fall easily to hand, but the touchscreen has some drawbacks. Still, it remains a pleasant and spacious place in which to spend time.

Ease of use

3.0
Most systems are controlled via the split touchscreens, which can sometimes be confusing. Input reactions are quick and menus are intuitive, but the displays are often obscured by glare and fingerprints.

Getting in/getting out

4.0
The Q50's low step-in height and wide seats facilitate easy entrances and exits. As an added bonus, the doors swing open with surprising ease.

Roominess

4.0
The airy cabin and the contoured dashboard provide a usefully large space. Six-footers can occupy the backseat with headroom to spare.

Visibility

3.0
The forward view is expansive through the windshield, but the higher beltline and relatively high rear decklid reduce the view over your shoulder and out the rear window. The optional surround-view monitor eliminates any guesswork in tight spaces.

Quality

3.5
Even though it's showing its age, the Q50 maintains high standards for materials and craftsmanship. Compared to newer luxury sport sedans, the Infiniti looks and feels about average for the class.

Utility

4.0
The Q50's cargo capacity is decent for the class, but interior storage for your personal items is somewhat lacking by contemporary standards.

Small-item storage

3.0
Interior pockets, bins and cupholders are adequately sized to stow your personal effects, but they're not as generous as those of a few rivals.

Cargo space

4.0
Cargo volume is ample at 13.5 cubic feet, and the wide opening makes for easier loading. It's important to point out that the option to add a conventional spare tire reduces cargo volume somewhat.

Technology

3.0
It takes a little time to get used to the dual touchscreens, but most users will find the menus intuitive. Reactions to inputs are quick, and the Infiniti InTouch system updates have kept it relevant.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 INFINITI Q50.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Q50 redsport
Sash,05/31/2017
I've had the car for about 2 months. My previous car was a G37 IPL, so I will mostly compare this to that and the other two cars I cross shopped this with, the BMW 440iGC/340i and Lexus GS350 F Sport. It's definitely faster than the IPL, but it doesn't feel as sporty. I can't figure out why, but I've narrowed it down to either the tires being different or because the IPL had a LSD. It just doesn't feel that great in the corners. The acceleration is really good, though. I mainly drive on the highway and it's really useful for when you have to speed up to change lanes. From what I've read, the 400HP ranking is actually underrated. But still, I actually preferred the cars I was comparing this too. I really wanted a Lexus GS, but when it came down to price, there was really no decision at all. They have some insane deals going on. The sticker on mine was $57K. The Lexus and BMW I was looking at were $59K. My monthly lease payment is $250-350 lower with the Infiniti. My payment is actually $50 lower than what it was for my IPL and this has a lot more power and technology. The gas mileage is pretty good too. I get 24mpg in Sport mode and 25 in Normal. One time I was running low on gas, so I took it easy on the pedal and I got up to 30mpg. So in conclusion, the car looks great, handles okay, has a lot of power, interior is comfortable with a good amount of space, has all the new technology, and even gets pretty good gas mileage if you don't mash the peddle. And they usually have really good deals going on, so it's great value for the money.
Beware!!!
srd555,01/20/2018
Bought a new 2018 Red sport. Two days after purchase the lower touch screen malfunctions. Took it back to the dealer and was told I NEED A new DCU (the lower screen). I was told it would take 5 days. On the 8th day I had to call to find out whats going on and was told the part is on back order for a month. As of today the month has come and gone and still no car and no idea when I would get it back. Inifiniti customer care has to be the worst in history. I have been lied to and my calls have gone unanswered. They tell me dates, then when the date passes I have to call and then im told another date with no explanation as to why the change. Ive searched the internet and found that the DCU is an on going issue for infiniti since 2014 so they know about it, but when I originally asked if this is something that happens alot, I was told no. This has been my worst purchase ever. The look , power and handling of the car is fantastic but the unreliability of the electronics and the terrible customer service makes this a bad buy. I gave up a reliable Lexus I had for 11 years for this car and it broke in 2 days. This is my first and last Infiniti. After I get it back i need to find a way to get out of it before anything else happens"
Stupid Fast!
Scott,02/13/2018
I have almost 10,000 miles on my 2017 Q50 Red Sport so I figured it was about time to write a review. I have had it for 10 months and driven in snow, rain and dry conditions. Mountains and flat ground. The thing has been great in all conditions, even in a mini blizzard! You have to watch the throttle in bad weather, or use the economy or snow modes but otherwise it handles great. I find myself going over the limit a bit more often when accelerating on an on-ramp, it just gets to speed so quickly if you aren't paying attention, even faster if you have it in sport or sport+ mode. I typically drive around in standard mode. I initially used the economy mode but realized it didn't seem to make a big difference in fuel economy. Speaking of, I average 22-24 MPG with a good mix of city and highway. I play with the speed a bit but I'm not racing every car I pull up next to at a stop light either. I have had it back to the dealer three times. First was for the Bluetooth system. It would not connect properly to my old LG G4 even though they advertised it would. They went through the Bluetooth system and couldn't find anything and finally told me to go away that there wasn't anything they could do for me. Now with my new (Samsung S8) there haven't been any issues. Second trip was for the first oil change. Third trip was due to a notice I got in the mail about a computer re-programming (no big deal). Otherwise I haven't had any issues. I was a littler nervous about the run flat tires and no spare. I got a nail in one of the tires and saw that it was $465/tire for the OEM tires. Luckily the nail didn't puncture the air chamber and I didn't have to replace the tire. There are cheaper run flats but I have been impressed with the tires, not sure I want to spend that for replacement tires when that time comes. Overall for being a fairly large car, it handles well and has a stupid amount of acceleration, even at highway speeds. I love the flat torque curve. I was a little worried about having some buyers remorse but so far I have been super happy with the car!
It was fun to drive for a few weeks
BB,03/07/2018
Quick little sedan, kinda fun. Heated seats broke after 9,000 miles. 6 weeks later and no part to be had. Infiniti must not support their dealers very well. LOTS of interior noise. Wont buy another.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$48,700
MPG
20 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
400 hp @ 6400 rpm
MSRP
$50,700
MPG
19 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
400 hp @ 6400 rpm
See all 2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 features & specs

Safety

Our experts’ favorite Q50 safety features:

Backup Collision Intervention
Extra assurance when backing up. The Q50 automatically hits the brakes if an object enters the path or if an approaching car is detected.
Around View Monitor
It takes the guesswork out of maneuvering in tight spaces by giving you a view of the car from above.
Forward Emergency Braking
Warns if traffic ahead is slowing (even two cars ahead) and will apply the brakes if you don't act in time.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover9.7%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2017 INFINITI Q50

Let's be honest: The 2017 Infiniti Q50 has an uphill battle on its hands. It has to draw attention away from a trio of German-made luxury sedans that dominate both critical acclaim and the sales charts. It's also up against a handful of other would-be competitors from every corner of the world, all vying for the hard-earned dollars of those seeking an alternative to what everyone else buys. So, how does it do?

Well, the Q50 remains a value-rich choice, boasting more power and equipment for the money than those German rivals. At the same time, its uniquely curvaceous styling won't be confused for anything else, meaning that just because you're cost-conscious doesn't mean you have to get something cookie-cutter or drab.

It also provides compelling performance. Indeed, the Q50 offers a unique selection of engines, each providing a clear performance step-up from the last. There's the base 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It returns 26 mpg combined (23 city/31 highway). Next up is the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that  produces 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It gets 23 mpg combined (20 city/29 highway). An enhanced version of that V6 produces 400 hp and 350 lb-ft in the Red Sport model and returns  22 mpg combined (20 city/26 highway). All feature a seven-speed automatic transmission and standard rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an option. Choosing it does result in a slight fuel economy reduction.

Another powerplant option is the Q50 Hybrid, which pairs a 3.5-liter V6 with a 50-kW electric engine for 360 hp. The hybrid choice returns 29 mpg combined (27 city/32 highway), which obviously is a fuel-economy improvement. Its powertrain is prone to unsettling and unpredictable lurches, and the brakes suffer from a lack of smoothness and stability. It also comes standard with Infiniti's drive-by-wire Direct Active Steering system, which provides a disconcertingly unnatural feel.

Regardless of engine choice, the Q50 comes with a compelling amount of equipment for the money: LED headlights, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, two USB ports and Infiniti's dual-touchscreen interface come standard on all models. The Sport trims available with each engine step things up with upgraded brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, metal shift paddles, leather upholstery and sportier seats with adjustable bolsters. The typical assortment of comfort, convenience and safety tech features are available as options.

Certainly, that features-for-your-buck attribute is a main reason to consider the Q50. Ultimately, however, it underwhelms in comparison to many competitors. It's hard to pinpoint problem areas, but it's also hard to identify those areas in which it excels. It's very much middle-of-the-road: You'll probably be happy with it, but there's a good chance you'd be happier with one of the many other luxury sedans. Whether it's the Q50 or another choice, Edmunds is here to help you find that perfect car.

2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 Overview

The 2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400 is offered in the following styles: Red Sport 400 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A), and Red Sport 400 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A).

What do people think of the 2017 INFINITI Q50 Red Sport 400?

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