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The 2019 Infiniti Q50 ranked #11 in Luxury Small Cars. Currently the Infiniti Q50 has a score of 7.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 50 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 6.7
Safety: 9.7
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2019 Infiniti Q50 Review

The 2019 Infiniti Q50 ranks in the middle of the luxury small car class. The Q50 has strong engine performance, a roomy interior, and a good safety score. However, its interior quality and infotainment system largely disappoint.

Pros & Cons

  • Potent optional V6 engines
  • Agile handling
  • Comfortable seats
  • Unremarkable cabin materials
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • Dual-screen infotainment interface has a learning curve  

New for 2019

  • Standard predictive forward collision warning and forward emergency braking
  • Hybrid model discontinued

Is the Infiniti Q50 a Good Car?

The 2019 Infiniti Q50 is a decent luxury small car. It’s pleasant to drive, thanks to its composed handling and powerful engine options, and it has a roomy cabin with comfortable seats. The Q50 also rates well for crash safety. That being said, the Q50 just doesn’t stand out in this fiercely competitive segment. Its dated interior styling, so-so cabin materials, and confusing dual-screen infotainment system won’t win over many shoppers. The Q50 also gets subpar gas mileage, and it doesn’t offer popular items like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Should I Buy the Infiniti Q50?

We suggest skipping the Q50. It’s an OK sedan in a class of all-stars. Better options include the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, and Genesis G70. All three have higher-quality interiors, sharper handling, and easier-to-use infotainment systems.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Infiniti Q50?

The 2019 Q50 is part of a generation that debuted for the 2014 model year. Infiniti made quite a lot of changes to the 2016 Q50, including the addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder base engine, a Red Sport trim, an updated Direct Adaptive Steering system, and a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6, which replaced the previous 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V6. For the 2017 model year, Infiniti expanded the trim levels and added an available 16-speaker Bose audio system. For 2018, the Q50 received improvements to the steering and suspension, exterior styling updates, and condensed trim levels.

For 2019, Infiniti discontinued the Q50 Hybrid and added predictive forward collision warning and forward emergency braking to the standard features list. We recommend purchasing the 2016 Q50 if you're interested in a used vehicle. Its refresh gave it many updates over older models, which puts it more in line with what you'll get in the newer 2019 Q50. Plus, you'll save quite a bit of money.

Be sure to read our 2017 Q50 and 2018 Q50 reviews if you're considering an older model. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 50 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 50 Infiniti Q50 reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, performance specs, interior quality information, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Q50 generation, which runs from 2014 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Infiniti Q50 Cost?

The base model Q50 has a starting price of $35,650. That’s about average for a luxury small car. Prices rise to around $51,400 for the high-end Red Sport 400 model. All-wheel drive costs an extra $2,000, regardless of trim level.

Overall, the Q50 sedan is the least-expensive car in the Infiniti lineup. The two-door Infiniti Q60 coupe starts at $40,850, and the larger Infiniti Q70 sedan starts at $50,400.

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Infiniti Q50 Versus the Competition

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

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class costs more than the Q50, but is the superior choice, mostly on account of its high level of interior refinement. The Mercedes features one of the most luxurious cabins in the class, with cushy seats and premium materials like available Nappa leather. The C-Class also comes standard with more connectivity features, like Apple CarPlay. This Mercedes is focused on comfort, but it also offers stronger available engines than the Q50.

Which Is Better: Infiniti Q50 or Audi A4?

There's no real reason to choose the Q50 over the Audi A4. The A4 costs a bit more than the Q50, and it comes with many more standard features, including pedestrian detection, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Inside, the A4 also has a richer look and feel, aided by standard leather upholstery and available wood trim. Though, what really seals the deal for the A4 is its performance. It has sharp handling and a comfortable ride over most surfaces, and its lively turbocharged engines deliver great acceleration and better fuel efficiency than the Q50.

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Q50 Interior

How Many People Does the Q50 Seat?

The Q50 has seating for five people. The seats are wonderfully soft and supportive, and adults can comfortably fit in both rows.

Q50 and Car Seats

There are two sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, along with an upper tether on the middle seat.  

Q50 Interior Quality

The Q50's cabin is constructed with quality materials, but it can’t match the opulence of most competitors, and interior styling looks quite dated. Look to newer rivals like the Volvo S60 and Genesis G70 for higher-end interiors.

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

Q50 Cargo Space

The Q50 has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is good for the luxury small car class. Split-folding rear seats are available.

Q50 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include an infotainment system with an 8-inch upper touch screen, a 7-inch lower touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, voice recognition, satellite radio, and a six-speaker audio system. Available features include navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a 16-speaker Bose premium audio system.

This infotainment system has quite a learning curve, and it can be distracting to use on the go. Physical audio and climate controls are present, but Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are unavailable. For more information, check out our What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? articles.

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Q50 Performance

Q50 Engine: Potent V6 Engines

The base turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 208 horsepower, and it’s more than capable of hustling the Q50 around town and up to highway speeds. The available V6 engines are substantially more potent though, and they elevate the Q50 into sport sedan territory. A 300-horsepower turbocharged V6 powers the midlevel models, and the highest trim comes with a turbocharged V6 with 400 horsepower. The seven-speed automatic transmission gets mixed reviews. While some critics say it delivers smooth shifts, others say it’s too slow. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Q50 Gas Mileage: Could Be Better

With the base four-cylinder engine, the Q50 delivers 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which are below-average estimates in the class. Models with the more powerful engines fare even worse. The 300-horsepower V6 and the 400-horsepower V6 get 20/29 mpg city/highway and 20/26 mpg city/highway, respectively.

Q50 Ride and Handling: An Enjoyable Ride  

The Q50 has responsive steering, and it feels stable around sharp turns. Its suspension does a decent job of soaking up bumps and dips in the road as well. That said, the Q50 doesn’t feel as sporty as some of its competitors.

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Q50 Reliability

Is the Infiniti Q50 Reliable?

The 2019 Q50 earns a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Infiniti Q50 Warranty

The Q50 has a four-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. That's a longer warranty than many other luxury small cars offer.

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Q50 Safety

Q50 Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Q50 a top rating of Good in four crash tests. The Q50 also received the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention. The Q50's headlights received mixed ratings for how well they illuminate the road ahead. The standard LED headlights earned the second lowest rating of Marginal, while the optional adaptive LED headlights received the second-highest rating of Acceptable.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Q50 five out of five stars in the rollover test.

Q50 Safety Features

The Q50 comes standard with a rearview camera, predictive forward collision warning, and forward emergency braking.

Several active safety features are available, including a 360-degree parking camera, blind spot monitoring, high beam assist, front and rear parking sensors, backup collision intervention, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, and active lane control.

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Which Infiniti Q50 Model Is Right for Me?

The Q50 comes in four trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Sport, and Red Sport. Although the base trim comes with a decent number of features, its engine has merely adequate power. If you're looking for more oomph and additional features, you'll want to step up to at least the Luxe trim. Shoppers interested in the 400-horsepower V6 engine will have to step up to the range-topping Red Sport trim. All-wheel drive is available on all models for $2,000.

Infiniti Q50 Pure

Starting at $35,650, the Pure trim has leatherette seats, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch upper touch screen, a 7-inch lower touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, voice recognition, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a six-speaker audio system.

Infiniti Q50 Luxe

The Luxe trim (MSRP: $38,400) adds a 300-horsepower V6 engine and a moonroof. There are a few option packages available as well. For $2,650, the Essential package adds navigation, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and remote start. The ProAssist package adds blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, backup collision intervention, and rear cross traffic alert for $1,650.

Infiniti Q50 Sport

The Sport trim starts at $48,050 and adds navigation, a 16-speaker Bose premium audio system, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a driver's seat with memory settings, heated front seats, blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree parking camera, a heated steering wheel, front sport seats, leather upholstery, and sporty styling enhancements. The ProActive package ($2,700) adds Direct Adaptive Steering, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, active lane control, blind spot intervention, adaptive headlights, and high beam assist.

Infiniti Q50 Red Sport

The top-of-the-line Red Sport trim retails for $51,350, and it comes with a 400-horsepower V6 engine and all of the Sport trim's features. The Sensory package costs $2,650 and adds a 16-speaker Bose premium audio system, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a driver's seat with memory settings, ambient lighting, and a climate control system with an air purifier. The ProActive package is also available for the same price as it is in the Q50 Sport.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Infiniti Q50 has comfortable seats, a smooth ride, and adept handling. However, it's starting to show its age. There are many more cars in this class with more engaging rides and nicer interiors. While the Q50 is no slouch, it's hard for us to recommend it over the many more well-rounded options.

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

  • The 2019 Infiniti Q50 isn’t the youngest in its class of premium-compact, sports-luxury sedans, but it is one of the most affordable. And in 3.0t form, comes with a horsepower-for-the-dollar advantage over its rivals. Many premium cars are featuring some advanced driver aids, like forward-collision mitigation with emergency braking, as standard. For 2019, the Q50 follows suit. And many are offering Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, but Infiniti has yet to get on board with that one. Still, the 2019 Q50 is a well-developed and capable car with plenty of other virtues to enjoy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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)
  • "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." -- Edmunds (2017)
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