2019 INFINITI Q50 Review
Pros & Cons
- Turbocharged V6 engines pack plenty of power and excitement
- Many high-tech entertainment and safety features come standard
- For a small luxury sedan, it offers a pretty roomy trunk
- Infotainment system isn't as user-friendly as many others
- Interior design looks dated and plain
- Allows significant road noise into the cabin
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are unavailable
List Price Range
$25,494 - $43,516
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Which Q50 does Edmunds recommend?
Go with the 2.0t if you're sticking to a budget, and skip the Red Sport 400 unless you require maximum horsepower. That leaves the 3.0t to hit the sweet spot, with an excellent array of standard features, including a 300-horsepower V6, for less than $40,000. Choosing between Luxe and Sport trims depends on your driving style and your appetite for nicer features, although many Sport features are available in optional packages for the Luxe as well.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The star of the show is the potent 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, which is urgent yet docile. You'll never tire of exercising it. It also has powerful and user-friendly brakes and handling that's eager and capable if a bit synthetic. The seven-speed automatic is good but doesn't measure up to modern competition.
Were it not for the Red Sport's considerable road noise, this sedan would be quite well-suited to long stints behind the wheel. Its seats deliver long-haul comfort, and the ride, while sporty, is never harsh. The climate controls fall victim to style but perform well.
The cabin design looks old, but its fundamentals are good. It's spacious and easy to jump in and out of, with no wide sill extensions to traverse. The odd, two-screen center stack layout could use an update but isn't terrible. This sound, unflashy presentation works well.
The Q50's roomy trunk makes it as practical as any sedan in its class. And while its in-cabin storage doesn't stand out, there are enough places to stow the things you'd use regularly.
The Q50's driver aids are well-tuned and cohesive. While the upper nav screen display is a bit old-school-looking, it's straightforward to use. The lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto isn't a deal-breaker in that respect.
Most helpful consumer reviews
RED SPORT 400 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A)
Ok, time to update this review. My opinions have not changed. This is a great car. Currently I have a little over 32,000 miles on the car and have not had a single mechanical or electrical issue of any kind. The only work I’ve had done are oil changes. I agree with the criticism of the runflat tires. Before I even had 1000 miles on the vehicle I picked up a nail in one of the runflat tires and nobody would repair it because of the way the runflat tires are made. I had to pay over $500For one single new tire. So, I replaced the runflat tires with speed rated tires of the same size that are just conventional tires and I have a AAA membership. The spare tire issue, or lack there of, because the car comes with runflat tires is my biggest criticism of the car. Otherwise, the acceleration is great, the sound system is wonderful, the brakes are still working terrific, and the vehicle looks wonderful. Overall-great car.
3.0t SPORT 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A)
Thrilled with most aspects. I’ll only list the negatives since there are so many positives and most are already published: Should have option to switch out the run flat tires. They get reduced tread lift and add some road noise. Dual infotainment is ok...would prefer more custom configuration Road noise is moderate above 70 mph but still much improved over my older 2008. No Apple car play. Dealer said their internal InTouch is better. I disagree. Otherwise love the look and feel of this car and totally enjoy driving it. I suddenly don’t mind running errands for the wife.
3.0t SPORT 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A)
The good then the bad.... The good to start ok? 1. Awesome looks. The styling on this car is sexy as hell. The black paint is like a mirror. The rims and tires are very appealing and performance oriented. .2. Safety features are here. I like the all way around the vehicle back up cameras and the collision avoidance so I don't rear end anyone. There is a button to push where the sunroof controller is in case of a crash, it will connect you with a live INFINITI operator. 3. The black interior is so well done with real leather all over. The sunroof really makes it more fun. I am 6ft 1 inch and 280 pounds...4 guys like me can easily drive all day in this car. The 14 speaker Bose system is so clear and powerful. I am very proud to be booming this system. 4. The sound the turbo makes is fun and exhilarating. Plenty of power 300 hp. I have taken the car up to 140, that seems to be about it for top speed. That was fun. 5. Handling...you can drive this car fast around a corner and it will control your braking and gas to make the smoothest turn. The brakes are super strong, and very impressive. 6. The trunk is huge...I think I could fit a small elephant in there. The bad... 1. I am not digging the navigation system, for me it's too complicated to use. 2. It doesn't have apple play or android play or whatever its called. I end up using my phone for directions and playing music via Bluetooth. It would be much easier to touch a screen to go to panora, amazon music or apple music. 3. The transmission switch for ice, economy, standard, sport and sport plus....it doesn't remember your choice when you restart the car. So everytime i get in the car i have to select economy.....i hate that. 4. i notice Bluetooth connection issues. it has issues the first minute of start up. So to finish....I love this damn car and will buy another when the lease runs out. 5. Some of the instrument panel you cant read unless you like really lean over and look around the steering wheel. i didn't know how to find the cruise control for a few months.
3.0t LUXE 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 3/19 (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7A)
Same great engine but Infiniti reprogrammed the transmission to shift into higher gears at slower speeds. The results are being in 5th gear at 30 MPH. I am sure this was in an attempt to maximize fuel economy but the result is lugging this great power plant to a pedestrian level. Tranny is also harsh on downshifts from 5th to 4th and 4th to 3rd. Options that were on my 2016 not offered in similar packages in 2019. No power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, no more Bose audio, no more memory driver's seat. Better back up camera in 2019 than 2016. More detailed Nav screen. Same two screen set up. Still fun on the open road but in town driving can be maddening with the reprogrammed transmission.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Q50 models:
- Backup Collision Intervention
- Automatically hits the brakes if an object enters your path or if an approaching car is detected when the vehicle is backing up.
- Around View Monitor
- 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.