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2019 Infiniti Q50 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 6.7

The Q50's interior has high-end materials, and both rows of seats are comfortable and roomy. However, some rivals are more upscale, and it may take some time to learn how to use the Q50’s dual-screen infotainment system. Reviewers also fault the Infiniti for not offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

  • "Soft, high-quality materials, a performance-themed gauge cluster and a digitally enhanced, dual-screen center stack all come together in a passenger cabin that's rich, sporty and contemporary at once. It's an appealing combination that's not easy to pull together." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • The dual screen setup works well enough, and we appreciated having dedicated screens for both navigation and the radio readout. However, we did have some trouble fumbling through the car's navigation system, a problem that would have been solved with CarPlay integration. Those quibbles aside, the Q50's interior is still a nice place to spend time. Materials are nice throughout, although admittedly the quilted leather and aluminum accents aren't to our tastes. Unfortunately you can't get wood accents in the Red Sport model." -- Left Lane News (2018)
  • "Inside, the Q50 remains largely unchanged as well but the modest upgrades to the interior are a bit more noticeable. Red stitching along the instrument panel and ambient lighting create a more premium atmosphere. Infiniti has also taken stabs at making the cabin more driver-oriented, with a restyled steering wheel, new gear shifter and a sleeker instrument cluster design." -- New York Daily News (2018)

Seating

There's seating for up to five people in the Q50. Both rows have plenty of space, and the seats earn praise for their plushiness. Leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. Options include leather upholstery, heated front seats, front sport seats, wood accents, and a heated steering wheel.

There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats, and the rear middle seat has an upper tether.

  • "Terrific seats and soft touchpoints contribute to the general feeling of luxury in the 2019 Infiniti Q50." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Nestle into the driver's seat and you'll find a cabin that feels cozy but not cramped. The Q50's cockpit wraps around you, giving it the feeling of being a smaller car. We found ample front seat room for those six-feet and over." -- Left Lane News (2018)
  • "The front bucket seats, which do an excellent job holding passengers in place during spirited driving, are also comfortable and supportive for regular jogs." -- CNET

Interior Features

The Q50 comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and a touch-screen infotainment system with an 8-inch upper display, a 7-inch lower display, Bluetooth, two USB ports, voice recognition, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a six-speaker audio system. While the infotainment system is intuitive, operating the dual screens can be tricky. However, physical controls for audio and climate controls help with ease of use.

Available features include a 16-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation, an updated climate control system with an air purifier, and a moonroof. You can also equip the Q50 with several advanced safety features, including blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree parking camera, front and rear parking sensors, backup collision intervention, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, Direct Adaptive Steering, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, active lane control, blind spot intervention, adaptive headlights, and high beam assist.

  • A performance-themed gauge cluster and a digitally enhanced, dual-screen center stack look impressive, but not so user-friendly in practice. While the Q50 is fairly strong in overall technology, the infotainment system is definitely showing its age. No Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration is quickly becoming unforgivable in a premium marque." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The Q50's center stack is dominated by a pair of screens that handle navigation and infotainment duties – the top screen does the navigating while the lower screen has readouts for the radio, vehicle settings, and the like. Thankfully in this digital environment Infiniti has managed to keep physical knobs and buttons for climate and radio controls. … the Q50 is still lacking in one area – it doesn't come with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay." -- Left Lane News (2018)
  • "As I get rolling on the drive route, I toggle through the carryover Infiniti InTouch infotainment system, featuring an 8-inch screen at the top of the center console and a responsive 7-inch touchscreen below. In no time I have the navigation map up and my favorite satellite radio station playing on the fantastic 16-speaker Bose sound system." -- CNET (2018)

Cargo

There's 13.2 cubic feet of trunk space in the Q50, which is about average for the luxury small car class. There is a rear-seat pass-through, but the seats and trunk floor have different heights, which could make hauling long items tricky. Cabin storage space also is lacking compared to the competition.

  • Trunk space of 13.2 cubic feet is about average." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • 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)

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