2019 Q50 New Car Test Drive
Since its debut as a 2014 model, the sharply-styled Infiniti Q50 sedan has given drivers an alternative to prestigious German models. It's back again for the new model year, as it keeps pace with rivals with more standard equipment.
Active safety gets the nod for the 2019 model year. All Q50 sedans now include forward emergency braking and forward-collision warnings. Nissan's luxury division has revised the model lineup and modified equipment, while refreshing both exterior and interior appearance.
For the 2019 model year, the Q50 comes in a slimmed-down lineup of trim levels: base Pure, Luxe, Sport, and Red Sport. Infiniti has dropped the Q50 Hybrid.
Infiniti offers a trio of powertrain choices. The base turbocharged 4-cylinder engine makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Able to outshine budget-level Audis and BMWs, the base engine comes only in Pure trim level.
Luxe and Sport trims are equipped with a 3.0-liter turbo V-6 that develops 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. The 300-hp engine pits the Q50 against such performance rivals as the competitors like Mercedes-Benz AMG C43 and BMW M340i. In the Red Sport edition, the 3.0 V-6 reaches even higher into performance territory, producing 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet.
All Q50 sedans use a 7-speed automatic transmission, coupled to standard rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available with any powertrain for an additional $2,000.
Unlike some competitive models, all Q50 sedans now feature forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking. Blind-spot monitors and active lane control are optional, as well as adaptive cruise control.
Neither the federal-government nor independent testers have comprehensively crash-tested an Infiniti Q50 in recent years. The only rating given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was a five-star score for rollover prevention, and that's a calculated figure, not based on a crash-test.
Outward vision is generally good, resulting from Infiniti's overall push for greater glass area in bigger and brighter cabins.
Infiniti offers several option packages: Sensory, ProActive, Essential, and ProAssist, each priced around $2,650. Topping the lineup, the Red Sport gets exclusive front/rear fascias, dark chrome accents, and paddle shifters, along with contents of the Essential and ProAssist packages..
Prices do not include destination charge.
2.0t Pure ($35,550 rear-drive, $37,550 all-wheel drive), the base sedan, is equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine, start/stop function, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, synthetic leather upholstery, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual touchscreens, Bluetooth connectivity, two USB charge ports, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
3.0t Luxe ($38,300 rear-drive, $40,300 all-wheel drive) adds twin-turbo 300-hp V-6, a moonroof, maple wood trim, and 18-inch wheels.
3.0t Sport ($47,950 rear-drive, $49,950 all-wheel drive) includes 300-hp V-6, 19-inch sport wheels, sport-type leather-appointed seats, Bose audio, and contents of Essential, ProAssist, and Sensory packages.
3.0t Red Sport ($51,000 rear-drive, $53,000 all-wheel drive) comes with 400-hp V-6, an adaptive suspension, uprated brakes, 19-inch wheels, semi-aniline leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, and rear parking sensors..