2016 Infiniti QX50 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Infiniti QX50 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2016 Infiniti QX50’s cabin is filled with premium materials, according to reviewers. Most think it has an attractive look, although others think the design and some of the technology features are a little dated. Critics praise the user-friendly controls for climate and audio, although they wish the 7-inch display screen was larger. The QX50 added several cubic feet of interior space for 2016, although auto writers note that Infiniti focused that extra space on passenger comfort, as the cargo capacity is still subpar for the class.

  • "One of the best parts of the new QX50 is the standard equipment that Infiniti offers. Included leather, power moon roof, and heated front seats come standard on the base 2016 QX50." -- Yahoo Autos
  • "The new QX50's leather-lined cabin is the same sumptuous place it's always been. Infiniti made the power-sliding moonroof standard for 2016 but otherwise kept the luxurious mix of old-school items -- such as an analog clock and hard buttons for climate control and most of the infotainment-system functions -- and tech stuff -- including the available Around View Monitor that provides an overhead drone's-eye view of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings." -- AutoTrader
  • "Slide behind the wheel of the QX50 and the cabin does feel a little dated. That's not surprising considering everything you see and touch has been around since 2008. The interior just isn't as wide or airy-feeling as some in this Infiniti's class." -- Edmunds

Seating

The five-seat Infiniti QX50 comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and heated front seats. Automotive writers find the seats comfortable and appreciate the soft feel of the standard leather upholstery. The QX50 has a lengthened wheelbase for 2016, and critics agree that the back seats now offer plenty of legroom for adults to sit comfortably, although some mention that headroom may be a bit tight for taller passengers.

  • "The heated power front seats are formfitting and all-day comfortable." -- AutoTrader
  • "The seating, however, is comfortable, the trim is elegant, and, yes, there's now plenty of legroom in back. So much legroom that any Uber clients will issue instant five-star ratings after their ride." -- Car and Driver
  • "The additional legroom in the rear seat makes it a very comfortable place to ride, even for taller passengers. The only drawback here is that the roof line slopes down slightly at the back of the window, so taller riders might need to mind the low clearance." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior of the 2016 QX50 is spacious and relatively luxurious. And should you ask, yes, an adult or two can get into and ride in the back seat." -- Yahoo Autos

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 QX50 include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 7-inch display screen, push-button start, a power moonroof and a rearview camera. Available features include navigation, a 7-inch touch screen, voice recognition capabilities, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth streaming audio, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera system, front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and forward collision warning with brake assist.

Critics praise the QX50 for its lengthy list of standard and available features, especially the driver assistance options. They add that the infotainment system is easy to use and say the available touch screen is responsive. Most test drivers would prefer a larger screen than the QX50’s 7-inch affair, and some feel that the infotainment system is a bit dated, noting that it lacks some cutting-edge technologies like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

See 2016 Infiniti QX50 specs »

  • While the $2,000 Premium Plus Package includes an upgraded touchscreen with an around-view monitor, seven inches is the biggest you can get. Infiniti will have to remedy this on the next generation as even some economy cars offer larger screens as an option. The monitor is quick to respond to haptic touch, however, the color graphics are attractive, and the system is easy to navigate." -- Autoblog
  • "From a tech perspective, the QX50 looks stale. Up in the dashboard sits the same LCD and controller arrangement as before, supporting navigation, digital audio sources and a hands-free phone system. However, I always liked the ease of using this interface. … Infiniti embraced perspective-view maps early on, helping to keep this navigation system current, but the resolution looks a little rough compared to competitor systems. Also, forget online destination search, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto -- this system predates those features." -- CNET
  • "One area where Infiniti has kept the QX50 up to date is technology. The crossover can be equipped with the latest in semiautonomous driving systems, such as lane-departure warning, lane-departure prevention, forward-collision warning, a blind spot monitoring system and intelligent cruise control with distance-control assist. We're inclined to turn off some of these systems when they're not needed and enjoy driving the car, but it's nice to know that they're there." -- AutoTrader
  • "That said, the interior is a weird mix of fine details and archaic elements. Throw in the four available option packages and the QX will be equipped with every current tech toy. … And yet the navigation screen is a relatively puny seven-incher in an age where vehicles like the Tesla Model S and the Volvo XC90 are using VistaVision screens." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

With the rear seats up, the 2016 QX50 features 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which is one of the smallest cargo capacities in the class. The rear seats are adjustable and fold down, which increases cargo room. A power system for raising the rear seats from a folded position is available.

  • Altogether, Infiniti says there is 8.3 additional cubic feet of space inside the stretched QX50. And all of that space goes to passenger accommodation. Leave the back seat up and the cargo capacity remains 18.6 cubic feet, same as in the previous, shorter-wheelbase version." -- Car and Driver
  • Though most of that is absorbed in the rear passenger area, the cargo volume with the rear seats down increases by 2.7 cubic feet, allowing for a total of 50.1 cubic feet of space." -- Yahoo Autos
  • Behind the rear seats is 18.6 cubic feet of space, more than the Lexus NX's 17.7 but well behind the Acura RDX's 26.1." -- Motor Trend

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