2014 Infiniti Q50 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2014 Infiniti Q50 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

Most test drivers agree that the all-new 2014 Infiniti Q50 offers an alluring cabin design with premium materials that include extensive soft-touch surfaces, as well as standard aluminum or optional maple trim. Still, a handful of reviewers write that the Q50’s cabin looks a bit plain in comparison with the cabins of cars like the BMW 3-Series and the redesigned Lexus IS. Auto writers note that spacious front seats and cutting-edge, yet user-friendly, tech features are among the Q50’s strongest attributes, though some say that the Q50’s rear row could use a bit more headroom.

  • "Our tester's cream-colored cabin, accented by a black dash and dark maple trim, was comfortable and elegant, but six-footers in the rear seat brushed their noggins against the headliner." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "The Q50 continues Infiniti tradition with a cleanly styled cabin that features rich materials (with a choice of genuine aluminum or wood accents), supportive seats and ample room front and rear." -- Edmunds 
  • "High-gloss maple wood trim or textured matte-finish metal complement the supple leather for a stylish and sophisticated interior. Everything looks and feels first class; Infiniti's attention to detail is evident in the padded surfaces, contrast stitching and expertly fitted panels." -- Cars.com 
  • "Moving inside we find an cabin that is plush, comfortable and uses quality materials, but maybe too conservative. It's a bit boring compared to the cockpits in the new Lexus IS and the 3-Series." -- Jalopnik 

Seating

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 seats five and comes with eight-way power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery. A heated steering wheel, heated front seats, leather upholstery, sport seats and a driver’s seat with memory settings are available in packages or on higher trims. Reviewers say that the Q50 offers front seats that are supportive and comfortable, with enough head- and legroom to accommodate taller occupants. The Q50 also wins points for its quiet cabin and spacious rear seat, which reviewers say has plenty of room for adult passengers. Still, a few reviewers note that exceptionally tall passengers might need more headroom in the Q50’s rear row. 

  • "While some competitors -- namely, the BMW 3 series -- take a more Spartan, driver-focused approach with their sports sedans, Infiniti wraps the experience in more luxurious surroundings, offering supportive yet comfy seats along with high-quality surface treatments that defy its relatively approachable price." -- AutoTrader   
  • "Six-footers can sit in back comfortably without brushing their heads, so it remains a true five-passenger sedan." -- Edmunds  
  • "Even taller drivers will find the front seat spacious. The bolstered front sport seats are abundantly comfortable - they're deep, wide and long, with a thigh extender for additional support. At 5-foot-5, I easily had enough headroom in the backseat, but my 6-foot-6 passenger rode with his head brushing the ceiling - a common occurrence, he assured me." -- Cars.com 
  • "Infiniti says their engineers have worked to make the car quieter than it has ever been, and they succeeded." -- Jalopnik

Interior Features

The 2014 Infiniti Q50 comes standard with a rearview camera, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, satellite and HD Radio and Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system, which features an upper 8-inch touch-screen display, which can also be accessed using a knob on the center console, as well as a lower 7-inch touch-screen display. Available features include a moonroof, adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, a 14-speaker Bose sound system, navigation and Infiniti’s Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to give a 360-degree view around the vehicle. Optional safety features include blind spot warning, forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems.

Most test drivers say that Infiniti’s new InTouch infotainment system features logical on-screen menus and redundant switchgear on the dash for audio and climate controls, which makes the system easy to use. Still, a couple auto writers note that some vehicle settings can be difficult to find. The available navigation system earns praise for its straightforward operation, and reviewers like the optional Bose sound system for its excellent sound quality.

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  • "The top screen is a conventional navigation, climate, and audio display controlled by a center console knob or your fingertip. The lower screen, touch-operated only, presents a confusing array of programmable features and is where you can fine-tune the various driver-assistance systems. A center console toggle enables you to quickly select from among your pre-programmed setups. Try as we might, we couldn't finger tap or swipe our way to a submenu that allowed us to silence the loud horn when we locked the car with the key fob. It might be there, but good luck finding it." -- Automobile Magazine  
  • "Thankfully, InTouch continues Infiniti's philosophy of providing user-friendly infotainment interfaces. There are redundant hard buttons for both the climate control and audio systems arranged logically around the lower touchscreen. We wish the radio also had a traditional tuning knob rather than a rocker switch, but overall we like the touchscreen's large virtual buttons and ease of smartphone integration." -- Edmunds  
  • "Great tunes are an integral part of any great road trip and the Q50 sedan's 14-speaker Studio on Wheels by Bose system delivers. USB inputs for iPod and standard HD radio further expand the listening experience." -- Kelley Blue Book   
  • "Infiniti makes the technology available but not overwhelming. The menu structures are intuitive and there's no need to panic about the loss of physical controls - most of the audio and climate buttons are still there if you want to opt out of the screens. The optional navigation system was easy to use; entering a destination and canceling a route can be done in only a few steps." -- Cars.com 

Cargo

The 2014 Q50 has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for the class. Some reviewers note that the Q50’s rear seats fold easily to expand cargo space, though they mention that the Q50’s trunk opening and pass-through to the cabin are fairly small, which makes it difficult to load larger items.

  • "Trunk volume is unchanged, at 13.5 cubic feet, and the rear seatbacks easily fold forward to create a nearly flat surface. We found loading a bicycle cumbersome, as neither the trunk opening nor the aperture leading into the passenger compartment is very big." -- Automobile Magazine

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