2014 Infiniti Q50 Competent but not a game changer Los Angeles Times

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The Q50 sport sedan faces a challenge in stealing attention German models.

With 328 and 269 pound-feet of torque, the Infiniti Q50 (Infiniti )

Infiniti has a simple to break the German stranglehold on the sedan segment — build an superior challenger, in the words of Executive Johan de Nysschen.

the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sports fails to hit that high

The Q50, formerly known as the starts at $37,605. It faces a challenge in stealing attention venerated models including the BMW Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4.

take the segment quite Most luxury brands more sport sedans anything else in the lineup by a margin.

Half of Infiniti’s sales last year from the G sedan, coupe and according to Edmunds.com. It’s one of the more popular cars in the trailing only the BMW and the Mercedes.

But Infiniti has bigger ambitions for the To break into that world of lifestyle brands a Mercedes and stay there needs to see itself as a challenger to the De Nysschen said in an interview at the Beach Concours d’Elegance.

If we products that are just as then we will at best be as just as good, the 53-year-old African executive said. it’s not better, [buyers] as well stay with the branches.

The Q50 was already in the oven De Nysschen joined the brand, and he it represents less of a reinvention a well-executed evolution of the G37.

I think the Q50 is a very capable he said, falling somewhat of the overwhelming superior standard.

A testing a Q50 confirmed that The car does many things making it a viable alternative to with a German emblem on the But it won’t shake up the segment.

The Q50 off with a strong drivetrain in a base model. The 3.7-liter V-6 is a carry over from the With 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of it offers more power most and delivers it with a confidence.

A quick-shifting seven-speed transmission is your only for a gearbox. Rear-wheel-drive is standard. The AWD an $1,800 option, came on the $44,655 Q50 Premium we tested.

Our with the AWD model left us big of its hearty grip and confident through turns.

The Premium edition is rated at 19 mpg in the and 27 mpg on the highway. In a week of testing the car on highways, we averaged 23.8 Conspicuously absent from the Q50 is a smaller four-cylinder engine an bigger faux pas in the European where drivers view as providing plenty of oomph.

aware of the need, Infiniti it plans a turbocharged four-pot, to be in partnership with Mercedes Daimler.

Infiniti offers a version of the Q50 now. Positioned as a sport model, the hybrid even more power 360 coming from a 3.5-liter V6 with an electric motor. It about $4,400 more a similarly-equipped base Q50 and can also be in all-wheel-drive form.

Hybrid buyers get an impressive in fuel economy; the RWD model we was rated at 29 mpg in city driving and 36 on the After around 280 miles of city driving, we averaged mpg.

But it’s a bit of an unfinished to drive.

Under full the car has heaps of effortless power. But in any other scenario, the two power never seem to get along. The car accelerate evenly, and the seven-speed downshifts abruptly.

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The regenerative were poorly modulated.

The of the Q50 is largely a pleasant experience. The cabin is solid, comfortable and though the leather on the seats like dried beef There’s plenty of room for adults, and the back seat felt cramped.

A pair of dash-mounted touch are well-designed, with intuitive and displays. Too bad the functions often don’t work.

The system twice on each car we tested, in spectacular fashion. A song through an iPod started and every button in the vehicle or analog stopped working, the volume controls. The only was to pull the car off the freeway and restart it.

this car isn’t. The hybrid stinks, and the electronic gremlins why potential buyers should take a test drive longer than 15 minutes. But at its the 2014 Q50 is a solidly competitive car in a competitive segment.

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2014 Q50

Times’ take: A no-nonsense, alternative to the Germans

Highs: handling, smooth engine, interior space

Lows: No poorly developed hybrid wonky electronics inside

type: Four-door compact sedan

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