2018 Infiniti Q50 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The 2018 Infiniti Q50 has a handsome cabin built with quality materials. Though it isn’t the nicest interior in the class, there’s nothing to complain about here. The seats are supportive, and both rows can comfortably accommodate most adults. The dual touch-screen infotainment system has a learning curve, but it’s easy-to-use once you get the hang of it. The Q50 also has more trunk space than some luxury small cars.

  • "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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
  • "The Q50 cabin is nicely finished, especially when equipped with the optional Design Package and Maple Wood Trim Package." -- Consumer Guide (2017)

Seating

The Infiniti Q50 seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, front sport seats with greater side support, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The Q50’s seats are comfortable and offer a good amount of support. Headroom is decent up front but gets tighter in the rear seats. Legroom isn’t stellar in the back either, but most adults – even taller ones – should be fine, especially on shorter drives. Getting in and out of the Q50 is easy thanks to the large doors. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

  • "Inside, Infiniti enhanced an already beautiful cabin with a new sport-oriented shift knob and a new steering wheel molded to better accommodate natural hand positioning. Seating looks rich and welcoming, and it's also supremely comfortable with great support. There's ample bolstering that keeps you in place on sharp corners without squeezing you too tightly during more leisurely drives." -- Boston Globe
  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

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 a moonroof, an upgraded climate control system with an air purifier, navigation, a 16-speaker Bose audio system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, blind spot intervention, 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.

Unlike most cars, the Q50’s infotainment system features dual touch screens. Each screen controls different functions. Some say this is an intuitive setup; others think it’s unnecessarily complex and makes the dash look cluttered. The interface works well, but the screens can be hard to see at times. There are physical controls for some functions as well. The Q50's upgraded climate control system includes an air purifier – an uncommon feature even among luxury cars.

The Q50 offers plenty of active safety features, though some aren’t as cutting-edge as rivals’ features. Still, it has at least one that’s rare. Many cars nowadays offer forward collision warning, and the Q50 does too. But it also offers predictive forward collision warning, which can detect speed changes in the vehicle two cars in front of you, letting you know that the driver ahead of you may be about to brake before they actually do.

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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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Cargo

Q50 models with the four-cylinder engine have 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space. Models with the V6 have slightly more space – 13.5 cubic feet. Either way, the Q50 has better-than-average cargo space for the class. Split-folding rear seats are available if you need room to haul larger items. There's a decent amount of small-item storage in the cabin, though some competitors have more.

  • The Q50's cargo capacity is decent for the class, but interior storage for your personal items is somewhat lacking by contemporary standards." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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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