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2020 Infiniti Q50 Review

Despite its powerful engines, refined handling, and ample seating space, the 2020 Infiniti Q50 ranks in the bottom half of the luxury small car class because it has a finicky infotainment system, lackluster interior quality, and subpar predicted reliability. 

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular V6 engine lineup
  • Enjoyable ride and handling
  • Spacious seating
  • Perplexing dual-screen infotainment system
  • Dated interior styling and mediocre materials
  • Below-average fuel economy for the class
  • Subpar predicted reliability rating

New for 2020

  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Four-cylinder engine discontinued

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Infiniti Q50's #10 ranking is based on its score within the Luxury Small Cars category. Currently the Infiniti Q50 has a score of 7.5 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 52 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 6.7
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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Is the Infiniti Q50 a Good Car?

The 2020 Infiniti Q50 is a good luxury small car. The Q50 packs a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, giving this sedan plenty of get-up-and-go muscle. It offers surefooted handling and a spacious interior with comfy seats. The Q50 is priced competitively as well, at least in its base trim level.

It’s the details that hold back this Infiniti. The Q50’s cabin has dated styling, mediocre materials, and an unintuitive dual-screen infotainment system. Also, fuel economy isn’t as good as in many competitors.

Should I Buy the Infiniti Q50?

No, skip the Q50 and consider a higher-rated sedan in this segment, like the Audi A4 or Genesis G70. Both outshine the Q50 with their modern and high-end interiors, as well as their easier-to-use infotainment systems. In addition, the A4 gets much better fuel economy than the Q50.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Infiniti Q50?

The Infiniti Q50 launched for the 2014 model year as a replacement for the G37 sedan. There have been a few updates over the years, with the most significant affecting the 2016, 2019, and 2020 models. For 2016, the Q50 received a revamped engine lineup, trading its naturally aspirated V6 for one of two turbocharged V6s or a turbocharged four-cylinder. For 2019, the hybrid model was discontinued. For 2020, Infiniti drops the Q50’s four-cylinder engine and adds support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The choice is easy if you want the popular smartphone apps. In that case, opt for a 2020 Q50. Otherwise, you can find similar performance and features by shopping for an older model in this generation. Plus, you'll save quite a bit of money.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2016 Q50, 2018 Q50, and 2019 Q50 reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 52 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 52 Infiniti Q50 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2020 Q50 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2014.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Infiniti Q50 Cost?

The 2020 Q50 sedan has a starting price of $36,400, which is about average for a luxury small car. However, it’s considerably less than you’ll pay for most six-cylinder rivals, making the Q50 a relative bargain if you want a V6 luxury sedan. That value fades as you move up in trims. Prices rise to $54,250 for the top-of-the-line Red Sport 400 model, which still features a V6 engine. All-wheel drive costs an extra $2,000, regardless of trim level.

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Infiniti Q50 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Infiniti Q50 or BMW 3 Series?

The BMW 3 Series is a better luxury small car than the Q50 - hands down. The 3 Series offers sharper handling with a composed ride, superior fuel economy, and more standard tech and safety features than the Q50. The BMW also boasts an easier-to-use infotainment system (iDrive), nicer materials, and a much sleeker interior design. The 3 Series’ starting price is about $4,000 higher than the Q50’s, but the car’s refinement is worth it. Go with the BMW.

Which Is Better: Infiniti Q50 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The Mercedes C-Class costs more than the Q50, but, like with the 3 Series, that price rewards shoppers with a considerably higher dose of luxury. The C-Class sports an elegant and finely trimmed interior, lots of standard features, and a silky smooth ride. The C-Class also offers a wider array of engine options, from a potent yet efficient four-cylinder to a pair of brawny V6 and V8 variants. Overall, the C-Class is a better pick.

Which Is Better: Infiniti Q50 or Infiniti Q60?

The Infiniti Q60 coupe is a two-door version of the Q50 sedan. Both cars feature the same V6 engine options, transmission, and drivetrain. Both also share the same aged interior styling and clunky infotainment system. Neither of these cars are great picks, but the Q50 sedan is the better of the two. It has a roomier cabin and trunk than the Q60, as well as rear seats that are easier to access. The Q50’s starting price is also thousands of dollars less than the Q60’s. In this instance, stick with the Q50.

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Q50 Interior

How Many People Does the Q50 Seat?

The Infiniti Q50 is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are supportive and softly padded, and they provide generous head- and legroom, even for taller occupants. It’s a similar story with the comfortable and spacious rear seats.

Synthetic leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel are standard. Genuine leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Q50 and Child Car Seats

The Q50 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as a tether-only connection for the rear middle seat.

Q50 Interior Quality

Apart from its comfy seats and passenger space, the Q50’s cabin is pretty unimpressive. There’s noticeable road noise at lower speeds, and the styling is outdated and plain. The many soft-touch plastics and upholstered areas are a nice touch, but even these fall short of luxury car standards.

Q50 Cargo Space

The Q50 sedan has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space. That’s about average for a luxury small car, though it falls short of hatchback rivals like the Kia Stinger and Audi A5. Split-folding rear seats are available.

Q50 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Q50 is equipped with Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system, which pairs an 8-inch touch screen at the top of the dashboard with a 7-inch touch screen directly below it. In addition to these two screens, the Q50 comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, six speakers, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 16-speaker Bose sound system are available.

The upper screen displays the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps and navigation (if equipped). You can control these features by tapping, pinching, and swiping on the screen or by using a dial on the center console. The lower screen manages the audio, climate, and vehicle settings. It can be controlled by touch or by pressing the buttons at either side.

This dual-screen setup isn’t very intuitive, and it requires a lot of attention to use while driving. This is mainly because of the lower screen’s menu structure and the upper screen’s slow responses. The graphics for the navigation system are especially murky.

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Q50 Performance

Q50 Engine: Big Power

There are two engine options for the 2020 Infiniti Q50. Every trim but the Q50 Red Sport has a 300-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. The Red Sport boasts a tuned version of this V6 that makes 400 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Both engines feel quite powerful, thanks to their glut of low- and midrange torque, which helps shuttle the Q50 up to speed confidently and provide strong passing power when needed. The seven-speed automatic transmission generally changes gears smoothly, though it’s occasionally sluggish. You can change gears manually with the standard shift paddles, which are located behind the steering wheel.

For many shoppers, the choice between these engines will boil down to price. The least expensive trim with the 300-horsepower V6 costs just $36,400, which is a great value for this level of performance. You’d have to spend an extra $17,850 to get the 400-horsepower V6. It is a bit faster but not enough to justify that increase in price.

Q50 Gas Mileage: Bigger Thirst

The Q50 with the standard engine and rear-wheel drive gets an EPA-rated 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel-drive models get 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The uprated Red Sport model with rear-wheel drive earns 20 mpg in the city but only 26 mpg on the highway, and models with all-wheel drive are good for 19/26 mpg. These fuel economy ratings are lower than average for the luxury small car class.

Q50 Ride and Handling: Nice Moves

The Q50 is pleasant to drive overall. The standard steering is responsive and well-weighted. The brakes slow down the car assertively, and the Q50 feels stable through turns. The ride is a bit firm though, and on uneven pavement the taut suspension sends jitters through the cabin. However, larger bumps and dips are soaked up reasonably.

Direct Adaptive Steering is available. This system changes the steering electrically instead of with a mechanical connection. Some critics like the adjustability of this system, while others say it feels too disconnected and artificial.

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Q50 Reliability

Is the Infiniti Q50 Reliable?

The 2020 Infiniti Q50 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Infiniti Q50 Warranty

Infiniti covers the Q50 with a four-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Q50 Safety

Q50 Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Q50 a top rating of Good in the four crash tests performed and the highest rating of Superior for its standard front crash prevention feature. Headlight ratings vary. Q50s equipped with the ProActive package received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for how well the headlights illuminate the road ahead, while all other models received the second-worst rating of Marginal.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Q50 five out of five stars in the rollover test. The NHTSA did not perform any other tests on this Infiniti, and the Q50 did not receive an overall safety rating.

Q50 Safety Features

The Q50 comes standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Available safety features include front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and adaptive pivoting headlights with automatic high beams.

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Q50 Dimensions and Weight

The Q50 is 15.8 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,685 to 3,998 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Infiniti Q50 Built?

Infiniti builds the 2020 Q50 in Japan.

Which Infiniti Q50 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Infiniti Q50 sedan is offered in five trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Edition 30, Sport, and Red Sport. The Edition 30 trim celebrates the brand’s 30th anniversary. All trims except the Q50 Red Sport are equipped with a 300-horsepower V6 engine, an automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The Red Sport has a 400-horsepower V6. You can add all-wheel drive to any trim for $2,000.

The entry-level Pure trim has a competitively low price for a luxury car, but it’s also a bit light on features. If you want more amenities, go with the Edition 30 or a heavily optioned Luxe model. Just know that the price rises considerably.

Infiniti Q50 3.0t Pure

The base model Q50 3.0t Pure has a starting price of $36,400. Standard tech features include 7-inch and 8-inch touch screens, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, a CD player, and six speakers. Synthetic leather upholstery, a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, LED headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels are also standard.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera and forward collision warning with brake assist.

Infiniti Q50 3.0t Luxe

The Q50 3.0t Luxe trim has a starting MSRP of $38,850, and it adds a moonroof and 18-inch wheels.

Options are limited to two packages. The $2,750 Essential package adds navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, remote start, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and split-folding rear seats. The $850 ProAssist package adds blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and a surround-view parking camera system.

Infiniti Q50 Edition 30

The Q50 Edition 30 trim starts at $43,700. It includes the contents of the Essential and ProAssist packages, in addition to adaptive cruise control, leather seats, a dark trim, and 19-inch wheels.

Infiniti Q50 3.0t Sport

The Q50 3.0t Sport model has a starting MSRP of $48,500. This trim adds larger brakes, an adaptive suspension, and a 16-speaker Bose sound system, but it loses adaptive cruise control, which becomes part of the optional ProActive package. The other features in that $2,700 bundle include lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive pivoting headlights with automatic high beams.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

The Q50 Red Sport 400 starts at $54,250. This is the only trim that features the 400-horsepower V6 engine. The Red Sport 400 shares its standard and available features with the Sport trim. Quilted genuine leather upholstery is standard.

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The Final Call

The Infiniti Q50 is a decent luxury sedan, providing big engine power and fine driving dynamics. The catch is that it competes against a lineup of all-stars, from the Audi A4 to the BMW 3 Series to the Genesis G70. Ultimately, these luxury small car rivals can match the core strengths of the Q50, and they do it with fewer drawbacks.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "While many consider Audi and BMW the last word in midsize luxury performance sedans, Infiniti has other ideas. In the 2020 Infiniti Q50, the Japanese automaker has constructed a performance sedan every bit as athletic and powerful as its German rivals, but with a look and feel that's uniquely Infiniti." -- Autotrader
  • "Where the Q50 falls short, however, is in its interior design and infotainment. The cabin remains a nice enough place, but the overall look of the dash and controls feels dated and plain. The dual-display infotainment, in particular, is nonintuitive. We've also found the cabin to be prone to excessive road noise, something that its rivals do better to minimize." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "Though not a radically different vehicle from the one that's been on sale since 2014, the … Infiniti Q50 remains a viable alternative to the stalwarts of the small premium sedan segment. We still think the Q50 looks sharp and its autonomous tech is among the best in the category. However, the Q50 isn't without its faults, including a stubborn transmission and the omission of a few key comforts and convenience items. Still, the Q50 offers a terrific engine lineup and competitive pricing, so it's certainly worth a look." -- Left Lane News (2018)
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