Every time a manufacturer creates a budget version of a luxury sedan I get nervous. You see, the general rule of thumb is to cut options, power and driving dynamics, and in the end, give the consumer a premium brand named automobile without any of the Premium features buyers are looking for. With the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0T Premium, however, Infiniti has done the opposite and packed a whole lot of tech and luxury into a nicely crafted sedan that costs just over $40k.
2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0T Premium Exterior:
While there’s nothing groundbreaking going on here, the Q50 Premium presents itself as a handsomely designed sedan that combines organic lines and a conservative demeanor. This is not a “look at me” sedan, but instead a vehicle that tells the world you’re a little bit more confident than the rest of the pack.
The aerodynamic shape combines a chrome mesh grille, projector beam headlamps and an aggressive lower front bumper with integrated LED and auxiliary driving lights. The wheels are 17-inch aluminum alloys wearing 225/55-series rubber and out back a short rear deck lid and chrome-tipped dual exhaust help to round out a an elegant package. From an exterior point of view onlookers would be hard pressed to tell the 2.0T Premium model from its more expensive brethren.
2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0T Premium Interior:
Plush and comfortable, the cabin of the Q50 2.0T Premium cradles both drivers and passengers alike with a luxurious feel and a host of technical amenities. Heated leather seating surfaces along with a heated thick-rimmed steering wheel are prime for long road trips. The Premium Plus Package ($2,150 option) supplies interior features like Infiniti InTouch with navigation and voice recognition, a power tilt and telescoping steering column, drivers seat memory, auto-dimming mirrors and a 60/40 split fold down rear seat. There are also multiple power outlets for both conventional and USB devices and a BOSE 16-speaker audio system.
The dash combines large analog gauges with a center positioned information screen for on-the-go vehicle settings and mileage information. Dual display screens (8-inch upper / 7-inch lower) provide touchscreen access to audio, climate, Bluetooth hands free calling and vehicle systems controls. Outward visibility is quite good as is the ergonomic layout and overall interior decibel level. This is a car that can be driven tank-to-tank without fatiguing the driver. Rear storage capacity is also rated at 13.8 cubic feet.
2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0T Premium Performance:
By delivering an EPA rated 31-mpg on the highway, 23-city and 26-mpg in overall driving, the 2016 Q50 2.0T can almost classify itself as an economy car. The secret is the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with start/stop technology that lives under the hood and that is sourced from Mercedes-Benz. It produces 208-hp and 258-pound feet of torque and is capable of getting the 3,705-pound sedan to 60-mph in around 7.5-seconds. Not lightening fast mind you, but plenty fast for today’s highways. Power is put down through a 7-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels, with all-wheel drive being available as an option.
Ride quality in the Q50 is firm but not uncomfortable with the hydraulic power steering offering up decent feedback. A Drive Mode selector toggle on the center console allows one to tailor the driving feel to their liking. Take the Q50 down your favorite twisty road and you’ll be treated to a sedan with a competent chassis, responsive suspension and a confidence inspiring brake pedal. It’s not a performance sedan, but it does provide an enjoyable back road experience.
2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0T Premium Safety:
With airbags throughout the cabin, a reinforced passenger compartment, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, backup camera, traction and stability control, blind spot monitoring as well as a host of other safety features, the 2016 Q50 2.0T Premium employs a host of safety items to keep occupants safe.
2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0T Premium Overall:
Try hard enough and you can spec a 2016 Infiniti Q50 out to be over $60K. Truth be told though, this 2.0T Premium model might be one of the best values out there. With a base price of $37,650.00** and an “as tested” price of $40,705.00, the 2016 Q50 2.0T Premium offers a lot of value for your hard earned dollar as it provides fuel economy, a well appointed interior and the latest in interior technology. In my opinion, it’s definitely worth a look. Drop by your local AutoNation-affiliated Infiniti dealer today to check one out!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $37,650.00 (sticker price $40,705.00) excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.