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2019 Infiniti QX50 Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

Infiniti redesigned the QX50 for 2019, and it looks amazing inside. The materials now feel like they belong in a luxury vehicle, whereas the previous generation sometimes drew the dreaded "upscale Nissan" tag. The seats are spacious and comfortable, and the QX50 bests nearly every rival for cargo space. The features list is long, but it's headlined by a disappointing infotainment system.

  • "Inside, it's a revelation. Gone are the acres of upscale Nissan trim and switchgear, replaced with a portfolio of new buttons and panels exclusive to Infiniti. It feels more upscale than any previous model, incorporating small changes that add up to an impressive package, including a solid metal engine start/stop button mounted flush in the center console next to an electronic metal shifter." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Infiniti lauds the cabin of the QX50 as the 'finest interior we've ever done,' and we tend to agree. The QX50's interior is awash is premium-looking and -feeling materials. There's even a top-spec trim option that adds suede-like blue accents to the SUV's door panels and center console. However, it should be noted that we were only given access to fully or nearly-fully loaded models; the entry-level version of the QX50 might not feel quite as luxurious." -- Left Lane News
  • "What the QX50 is, then, is exceedingly comfortable for passengers. Infiniti says it's the finest interior it has ever created, and we can't find reason to disagree. It's sumptuously appointed, with pliable leather surfaces and pleasant organic curves throughout. The optional 16-speaker Bose sound system offers a satisfying auditory experience, beautifully quilted seats cradle occupants pleasantly and seat cooling fans do their job very effectively. It's almost a ridiculous level of comfort, with surfaces comprised of cowhide, wood, brushed aluminum and at least two colors of suede." -- Autoblog

Seating

The QX50 seats five people and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats.

The front seats are among the most comfortable in the class, and they offer plenty of support as well. The rear seats are fairly spacious, though taller passengers may run into some problems.

  • The head- and legroom are good throughout for most people, but very tall passengers face a few challenges. If the panoramic sunroof is present, rear passengers might have to move the seatback to one of its nine recline positions to avoid brushing up against the headliner. Hard front seatbacks and lack of toeroom will affect tall rear passengers behind similarly tall front occupants, but both can be worked around with minimal manipulations." -- Edmunds
  • "There's good stuff inside, with super-comfy zero-gravity seats. The name may be a bit of hyperbole, but make no mistake, these chairs are incredibly supportive and by far my favorite seats in this segment." -- CNET
  • "The thrones in the front of a high-spec QX50 are spa-level soothing, wrapped in nice soft leather and largely adjustable." -- Jalopnik

Interior Features

Standard features in the QX50 include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and the InTouch dual-screen infotainment system. Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and forward emergency braking.

Available features include a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, navigation, and a 17-speaker Bose audio system. Optional active safety features include a surround-view camera, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, lane departure warning and prevention, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, backup collision intervention, ProPilot Assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Not everyone hates the dual-screen infotainment setup, but most people are not fans of it. This system has many issues, including an unimpressive resolution, outdated software, and counterintuitive control mechanisms. The top screen is dedicated to a navigation system that doesn’t feel as responsive as the GPS system on your smartphone. Though it's a touch screen, the lower screen is primarily controlled by an array of buttons beneath it. There's also an Infiniti controller, which is a dial on the center console that controls the top screen. Though it was redesigned for 2019, the QX50 still doesn’t offer connectivity features like Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

While the available Bose audio system provides good sound, it doesn’t match the quality of the systems you’ll find in some rivals. The ProPilot semiautonomous driving system is an interesting feature that, despite the occasional hiccup, works better than similar systems found in some competitors.

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  • Infiniti's familiar dual-screen center stack still provides separate displays for infotainment and navigation, controlled by buttons piled below and on either side of the bottom screen. It's one of the few carry-over designs from an existing Infiniti model, but it's well incorporated enough that it doesn't detract from the otherwise excellent cockpit." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Perhaps worst of all, the fonts on the two display screens are different! … It cheapens an otherwise lovely interior because you are always reminded that one screen was sourced 10 years before the other. That decade-old map software is not atrocious, but it's worse than all the competition, save for Lexus. And like Lexus, Infiniti weirdly refuses to put current mapping technology into its vehicles. No one will explain why. Then there's the lower touchscreen, which is controlled not by the rotary controller (that's for the top screen) or even by touching it (because it is after all a touchscreen) but by a bunch of plastic buttons below the bottom screen. And on the sides. The whole mess makes no sense." -- Motor Trend
  • "For 2019 the QX50 receives the dual-screen infotainment setup pioneered by the Q50 sedan and Q60 coupe. As with the Q50 and Q60, the top screen in the QX50 is reserved for navigation while the lower screen is used for things like music and vehicle controls. The hardware of the dual screens actually works quite well once you get accustomed to it, but the software running behind the scenes desperately needs an update. Not all menus are logically arranged and the system's graphics are decidedly last-decade, particularly for the embedded navigation." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

With the rear seats up, the 2019 QX50 has 31.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold them down, and you get 65.1 cubic feet. If you opt for the moonroof, the capacities drop slightly to 31.1 and 64.4 cubic feet, respectively. Either way, those are outstanding capacities for the class. A power liftgate comes standard, and a hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "Unlike the previous QX50, rear seat and cargo room is spacious. Either can be improved at a moments notice thanks to a sliding second-row bench. For maximum cargo capacity, the QX50's rear seats can fold flat." -- Left Lane News
  • "The rear bench can slide forward 6 inches and fold flat for a maximum of 65.1 cubic feet of space, much more than the 50.1 cubes of the outgoing model. In fact, the QX50 bests many in its class in cargo space." -- CNET
  • "Cargo room, another area where the latter QX50 was hampered, has also been improved. Whereas the previous QX50 maxed out at just over 50 cubic feet of capacity with rear seats folded, the new one expands to over 65. Both these figures put the new QX50 at or among the top of its class." -- Kelley Blue Book
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