2014 Infiniti Q50 S
3.7L V6 328 HP with 7 Speed Automatic Transmission
Platinum Ice Metallic with Graphite Leather
We have had memorable times with the various Infinitis we experienced. Needless to mention we were anxious to see how the new Q50 would compare.
As expected we were pleasantly surprised.
The fastback sedan styling is discreet, refined, with flowing lines, and authoritative exhaust pipes, while clearly communicating that its an Infiniti.
The interior is well executed, with excellent materials, and attention to detail. The front seats are supremely comfortable with the adjustable cushion lenght as a bonus.
The rear seat provides good leg room for adults, in addition to easy access.
The center of the dash with the double screens is striking by its simplicity, and intuitive use. In addtion to all the expected features, be it navigation, a superior sound system, climate control. This tester had a drive mode display with several choices...a totally cool feature.
You can configure your own Q50 here.
How does it drive? The previous G versions had a distinctive Infiniti personality, and we expected this to carry over into the Q50.
The 3.7L V6 upholds the Infiniti growl, delivering abundant levels of power. Throttling up the Q50 is a pleasant experience appealing to the senses.
The S version has a finely tuned suspension which is as expected a little on the stiff side. Its winter, the pavement is cold, the car has winter tires. During a few moments of better road conditions, the brilliance of the suspension, the advantage of an adjustable steering feel emerge into a Wow moment .
Infiniti calls it "Direct Adaptive Steering" (steer by wire), if you wondered for a moment why anyone would go the length of developing a steer by wire system. Driving this Q50, selecting the various driving modes which alter the steering modes...its a cool experience. Negotiating 90 degree turns with little more than the flick of the wrists is also very cool.
The lingering thought "This car must be exhuberant in on/off ramps, pity its winter".
From our perspective the Q50 upholds the tradition established by the G, and the S version of the Q50 ads an additional sporting aspect. Its truly a luxury sport sedan with a heightened fun factor.
In a busy and competitive segment with a myriad of choices from worthy manufacturers. Why should you consider a Q50?
This car has an undeniable sporting nature in its DNA, always did, and still does. If you are seeking a luxury sedan with an empahasis on sport, fun, a lively engine, great brakes, superlative steering. Make it a point to experience the Q50.
The quick review