2016 Infiniti Q50 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Infiniti Q50 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

Seating

Like many other luxury small cars, the Q50 seats five. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats come standard, and leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and sport seats that feature added side support are available.

The Q50's quiet interior will delight you, but the standard seats may not. They don't have a ton of support and can feel too stiff at times. The available sport seats have extra bolstering that makes them noticeably more comfortable. The rear seats have a good amount of space, but opinions are split on whether taller passengers will have enough headroom. Some critics say that taller riders will be just fine in the back, but others say that if you're 6 feet or more, you'll be scraping your head.

  • The standard seats can be overly firm, and taller passengers may desire more thigh support. The sport seats remedy these issues with more supportive bolstering and adjustments. Rear seats are roomy enough for taller adults in terms of head- and legroom." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2014)
  • "Infiniti says their engineers have worked to make the car quieter than it has ever been, and they succeeded." -- Jalopnik (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Q50 include Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, a rearview camera, and Infiniti's InTouch infotainment system with voice recognition, an 8-inch upper touch screen, a 7-inch lower touch screen, and smartphone app integration.

Available features include an upgraded climate control system with an air purifier, a power moonroof, navigation, a 14-speaker Bose audio system, a surround-view camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, backup collision intervention, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist with active lane control.

The Q50 has plenty of standard features, and the InTouch infotainment system stands out for coming with two touch screens, whereas many competitors' systems only feature one. However, that's not necessarily a positive. The two displays make the interior look a little busy, and the system will take some time to master because the two screens control different functions.

The Q50 is available with a plethora of active safety features that you'll appreciate whether you generally drive on the highway or on crowded city streets. Still, some test drivers argue that the Q50's systems are more antiquated than similar systems found in the Volvo S60 and other rivals. The Q50 offers many features that are common throughout the class, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and a surround-view camera, but it also adds some features that are not found on many rivals.

The Q50 has backup collision intervention, which can automatically apply the brakes in the event of an impending collision when you're backing up – a useful feature when backing out of the driveway. It has forward collision warning, but the Q50 also adds predictive forward collision warning, which can detect changes in the speed of the vehicle two cars in front of you, which may also cause the car directly in front of you to brake.

See 2016 Infiniti Q50 specs and trims »

  • "Dominating the dashboard are two central touchscreens that control most systems. The two different displays (one inset with an anti-reflective coating and the other mounted flush and glossy) do look a little awkward together. Operation is also unintuitive, at least in the beginning, as users have to figure out which screen does what and both are prone to washing out in direct sunlight." -- Edmunds
  • As it has since day one, the Q50 includes a wide array of almost-self-driving tech features and options like lane-keeping, auto steering on the highway (though it beeps at you if you don't keep your hands on the wheel), emergency auto braking with pedestrian detection, collision alerts and more. Infiniti was first to market with a lot of that, but three years later it feels dated compared to what Tesla, Mercedes and Volvo are doing." -- Jalopnik
  • "… some may be turned off by the overly-complex touch-screen controls and electronic driver assists." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Cargo

The Q50's cargo capacity is above the class average. The 2.0t models have 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space, while 3.0t, Sport, and Red Sport 400 models have 13.5 cubic feet of room.

Because of the battery, the Q50 Hybrid has less room, offering just 9.4 cubic feet of trunk space. That's the lowest capacity in the class, and it's a few cubic feet less than other hybrid luxury sedans like the Lexus ES Hybrid provide.

Available split-folding rear seats do provide some versatility to the Q50's cargo area. As for small-item storage in the interior, there is space to stow your belongings, but some rivals offer more cabin storage.

  • Interior pockets, bins and cupholders are adequately sized to stow your personal effects, but they're not as generous as those of a few rivals." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Trunk volume is unchanged, at 13.5 cubic feet, and the rear seatbacks easily fold forward to create a nearly flat surface." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

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