2017 Infiniti Q50 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Infiniti Q50 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 may not have the most upscale cabin in the class (look to rivals like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class or Audi A4 for that), but it still features attractive styling and plenty of high-end materials throughout. It also remains quiet, even at highway speeds.

Both rows of seats in the Q50 are spacious, though drivers may complain about the lack of support in the standard front seats. The available sport seats are more comfortable to most people. The Q50 also has a spacious trunk, and split-folding rear seats are available to make it easier to transport large items.

When it comes to technology, there is plenty available in the Q50. However, the dual touch-screen infotainment system can take some getting used to, and some class rivals have more cutting-edge driver assistance features.

  • "The Q50 offers a good balance of luxury and sport, and the interior reflects that. The materials' quality and fit and finish are very good, and the design is a smart mix of precision and luxury." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Even though it's showing its age, the Q50 maintains high standards for materials and craftsmanship. Compared to newer luxury sport sedans, the Infiniti looks and feels about average for the class." -- Edmunds
  • "The Q50 cabin is nicely finished, especially when equipped with the optional Design Package and Maple Wood Trim Package." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard in the five-seat Infiniti Q50. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, front sport seats with greater side support, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The Q50’s seats aren’t all that great by luxury car standards. They’re not very supportive, and they begin to feel increasingly stiffer the longer you sit in them. The available sport seats are better because they have added bolstering and are noticeably more supportive. The rear seats are fairly spacious, to the point that tall passengers can ride reasonably comfortably, though some might complain about a lack of headroom. The Q50 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

  • This driver settled in comfortably behind the wheel, especially when he pulled out the seat-cushion extender to provide more leg support. The standard moonroof takes up some overhead space but headroom didn't feel as it were in short supply. The situation is a little different in back, however. Adult legroom is passable—passengers can sit comfortably but only just so—and the roof slope brings heads closer to the headliner. A high, square floor hump effectively limits capacity to two full-grown occupants." -- Consumer Guide
  • Every seat is nicely sculpted, but rear-seat legroom is a little tight (normal for its competitive set)." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Q50's low step-in height and wide seats facilitate easy entrances and exits. As an added bonus, the doors swing open with surprising ease. The airy cabin and the contoured dashboard provide a usefully large space. Six-footers can occupy the backseat with headroom to spare." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the 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 moonroof, navigation, a 16-speaker Bose audio system, a surround-view camera, front and 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.

When you climb into the Q50, you can’t help but notice the dual touch screens anchoring the dash. Most rivals’ infotainment systems only have one touch screen. But like they say, more isn’t always better, and that might be the case in the Q50; some critics think the dual touch screens make the dash look busy. Each screen also controls different functions, so it’ll take you some time to figure out what each screen controls.

The Q50's upgraded climate control system includes an air purifier – an uncommon feature even among luxury cars – that lets you feel like you’re breathing fresh air whenever you’re on the go. Audiophiles will want to check out the available 16-speaker Bose audio system, which is newly available for the 2017 model year.

The Q50 offers plenty of active safety features as well. Backup collision intervention will automatically apply the brakes if the vehicle senses an impending collision while you’re going in reverse. And while many cars have forward collision warning, not that many have predictive forward collision warning like the Q50 does. This feature can detect speed changes in the vehicle two cars in front of you, letting you know that the driver in front of you may be about to brake before they actually do. It’s nice to have so many driver assistance features, but despite the fact that the Q50 was last redesigned just a few years ago (2014), some of the active safety features feel dated when measured against similar, but fresher, features found in competitors.

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  • "Main gauges and the configurable central information display show up well. At the center of the dash are two screens. The upper one is the viewer for the standard rearview camera, and displays the map for the optional navigation system (with scale adjusted by a dial on the center console). The lower one displays audio, climate, and other systems. As in the coupe, function buttons for the dual-zone climate system run down the right and left sides of this screen, and right-side buttons are a little difficult to see at a glance and reach by driver. Temperature is set by repetitive-push 'warmer' and 'cooler' buttons—which aren't as readily convenient as twist knobs." -- Consumer Guide
  • Most systems are controlled via the split touchscreens, which can sometimes be confusing. Input reactions are quick and menus are intuitive, but the displays are often obscured by glare and fingerprints." -- Edmunds
  • "While there is a tech-heavy feel to the Q50, there's logical placement of the controls throughout. Take the center stack as an example: It uses a handy 2-screen system, with both hard buttons and touch-screen controls, and is intuitive and easy to operate while driving." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The 2017 Q50 has 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space in 2.0t models and 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space in 3.0t, Sport, and Red Sport models. Both estimates are above average for the class. In either model, you have plenty of room for several grocery bags (which take up about 1.3 cubic feet each) or about three sets of golf clubs.

If you need more space, the Q50 is available with split-folding rear seats, giving you the flexibility to transport some larger items. There’s some small-item storage space throughout the interior, but a few class rivals have more cabin storage.

  • The Q50's cargo capacity is decent for the class, but interior storage for your personal items is somewhat lacking by contemporary standards." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk floor is wide at the back but narrows considerably between the wheelhouses. It isn't particularly deep front to back, either. Rear seats fold in a 60/40 split to add cargo space but there is a distinct step several inches high at the point where the trunk reaches the seats, so straight-through loading of longer objects will take some work. A pass-through is provided in the middle of the seat backrest." -- Consumer Guide
  • 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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