- Three new powertrain options
- Dynamic steering and suspension systems available
- Newly available safety features
The 2016 INFINITI Q50 is a compact luxury sedan that competes with Lexus IS, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes C-Class. This year, the entry-level Q50 has three new powertrain options, improved handling, and additional available safety features. The fuel efficient Q50 Hybrid will be covered in a separate overview.
Five trims are available: the 2.0t, 2.0t Premium, 3.0t Premium, Sport, and Red Sport 400.
The Q50 remains unchanged from the outside. The compact sedan mixes luxury styling with sporty, warped, organic forms. The front mesh grille has a stretched hour-glass shape, which is accentuated by aggressive LED headlights. The rear pillar of the Q50 makes an S-curve down through the rear passenger door. At the rear, chrome accents echo the shape of the front grille. The Sport and Red Sport 400 trims come with a sportier, front underbody spoiler. Standard features include LED headlights, LED front fog lights, power/heated side mirrors, a dual-pipe exhaust system, and 17-inch allow wheels. Available features include a rear spoiler, and larger 19-inch alloy wheels.
Under the hood, the Q50 is powered by a new, standard 208-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission and rear- (RWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). The 3.0t and Sport trims have a 300-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The Red Sport 400 has the same engine but it is tuned to produce 400-hp.
Fuel efficiency for the 2.0t trims is an EPA-estimated 23/31 mpg city/highway (22/28 mpg with AWD). For the 3.0t Premium, the rating lowers to 19/29 mpg (19/28 mpg with AWD). The Q50 Sport also has a 19/29 mpg rating, but it lowers to 18/26 mpg with AWD. Lastly, the Red Sport 400 has a slightly higher 20/27 mpg rating (19/26 mpg with AWD).
Inside, the Q50 has a premium leatherette interior with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The center stack features a standard audio system that includes dual displays, voice command recognition, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, a satellite radio, and dual USB ports. It can be upgraded with an integrated navigation system and a Bose premium audio system. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, and power front seats. Available features include leather upholstery, a power moonroof, remote engine start, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, paddle shifters, heated front seats, and a memory seat.
The Q50 has a few updated safety features as well. The available Direct Adaptive Steering system allows the driver to select heavy, standard, and light steering modes for different road conditions. The Dynamic Digital Suspension system is available for a smoother ride with reduced vibration. The available Driver Assistance Package now includes autonomous emergency braking, a blindspot monitoring system, pre-collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, and surround view monitor. A backup camera and a tire pressure monitoring system come standard.