2014 Infiniti Q50 review MSN Autos

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Infiniti creates a luxury sedan for the tech-minded.


Adaptive Steering

Base could really use the sport

Sports performance, but not visceral

has big plans. It wants to grow larger, offer many models and confidently establish as an independent maker of premium rather than soldier on as ‘s up-market brand. To end it’s moved its headquarters to Kong, embarked on an ambitious development program, and even a new vehicle-naming scheme. The all-new 5-passenger Q50 sport sedan is the fruit of this effort, the G37 .

Model lineup

Part of challenge is precisely where to fit in the marketplace. Their sedans always had a pleasurable, upscale ambiance, but with a performance and a palpable sense of chic as The urbane Q50 continues this vibe with its dramatic and adventurous technology offerings, yet seems to ask that its considerable not be overlooked, nor that its all-weather be forgotten.

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Ultimately, there are no than 10 distinct Q50 variants to all the niches. The choices start Sedan, Premium or Sport followed by the additional choices of or all-wheel-drive drivelines, plus or hybrid power. Granted, the Q50 does without true trim or niceties such as digital climate control, but thereafter the Q50 goes with hides and digital temperature adds aluminum trim and itself up to maple wood in the Premium and Sport versions.

Hybrids even get a heated wheel.

Every Q50 boasts touch screens on the dash: an upper and a 7-inch lower, with a scrollable display the speedometer and tachometer. That the latest in navigation, hands-free and concierge operation for everyone, a suite of smartphone-like apps to make a late 2013

As for the new naming scheme, Q stands for and 50 for the relative placement in the Infiniti hierarchy, rather than an size. Expect less Q30s and more luxurious and so on in the future, along with QX for crossovers and SUVs.

Under the

All Q50s are powered by sophisticated V6 with the 3.7-liter 328-horsepower in the standard driveline, and a 3.5-liter version coupled with a electric motor in the hybrids. of the new Infiniti mindset, the hybrid is by the quicker accelerating of the two. wants consumers to think of hybrid more as a street-based of the Formula One KERS system a carbon-saving device, although the 36 mpg rating can’t hurt.

All Q50s employ a 7-speed transmission (with paddle on Premium and Sport trims), and drive can be paired with or hybrid power. A driving-mode allows rapid toggling Eco, Snow, Sport and driving modes; it changes sensitivity and transmission shift

The Q50’s speed satisfyingly daily needs, with the standard 3.7 offering more 300 horsepower and 30 mpg on the open road, 20 mpg in the city. The hybrids post 29 mpg

Very welcome is a 54-pound reduction from the G37, to greater use of high-strength steels, with a 37 percent increase in in the front chassis.

Optional features abound, including technologies such as active control, which uses a to help keep the Q50 between the blind-spot intervention, back-up intervention (these last two brake the Q50 to a stop), an around-view radar-based predictive forward-collision and a first — Infiniti’s new Direct Steering. This is drive-by-wire, the steering wheel is connected to computers which then the front wheels (a back-up system clutches into should the electronics take a Limited driver adjustability, lane-keeping and crosswind correction are benefits, along with a faster-than-mechanical response.

Inner space

Even it’s very much a 4-door sedan, the Q50 has definite coupe tendencies. This in the intercontinental legroom, deep console and dual-cowl front experience, contrasted with the roomy rear seats are adequate for short trips. The seats are a highlight, and are good for touring — but not so much for corner-carving.

all interior dimensions have a half inch or so from the G37 point, along with a trunk opening.

Materials and are to Infiniti standards, which is to say and the interior design is just as as the exterior.

On the road

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In any form the Q50 is a quiet, refined premium with sporting intentions. is brisk and the handling sure, good feedback and action the brake and accelerator pedals. The which lack lateral set the performance limit in the standard The sport seats found in the S trims are a definite improvement, and be more dual purpose if with adjustable lateral

The standard, hydraulically assisted points nicely, if not with feel, but its linear response and weighting make it a pleasure to

The real speed demon is the S, which has well over 400 of torque between its electric and gas It is especially quick from a start, easily thrusts of city traffic and off-handedly around impediments on fast roads.

Downsides are few and minor. so many gears the 7-speed occasionally needs to upshift or when you might not expect it, but the are so smooth and fast this is you notice rather than over. Those wanting a sporting experience might the Q50 too isolated in their most moments, but as a high-speed tourer excellent.

The only major is the Direct Adaptive Steering, is not ready for prime time, at not in the form we sampled. The artificial is straight from a video and the response is highly variable and Generally, the experience is a frustrating of a machine trying to think for you you could do much better for yourself. These are mainly issues, and Infiniti is sure to improve the system, so a reappraisal at a date could reveal improvements.

Prospective buyers must the ultimate decision here.

for you?

With its sleek, styling and emphasis on a cleanly aesthetic, the Q50 offers a unique on the sports sedan market. As says, they’ve aimed the Q50 at who are tech savvy and not impressed by the plush lounge atmosphere of luxury-performance cars, and instead something more active, they can electronically tailor to

Pricing begins quite with the Q50 3.7 at $36,700 and the Q50 3.7 AWD listing for Prices — and content — begin a upward march from with the Premium versions at and $41,350, respectively, while the and Q50S AWD Sport variants $43,200 and $45,000.

Adding the electric thrust of the Hybrid the step-up pricing. The Q50 Hybrid — there is no straight Q50 Hybrid, all are also either Premium or — is $43,950, the Q50S Hybrid is and the Q50S Hybrid AWD tops the at $48,150.

We sampled a Q50S Hybrid, was very nicely equipped Navigation and Deluxe packages; it for $53,655. All Q50s are on sale

(As part of a sponsored press the automaker provided MSN with and accommodations to facilitate this

Longtime Road Track Tom Wilson’s credits include racing championships, three engine books and hundreds of articles.

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