At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti made big headlines by releasing a successor to the Infiniti G sedan. A successor to one of the most successful Infiniti models, the Infiniti Q50 had a lot riding on its shoulders following in the footsteps of the Infiniti G lineup.
Received extremely well by the automotive press and customers alike, the Infiniti Q50 continued to be one of the major highlights for the brand in the segment. Now, for the 2016 model year, Infiniti is taking things up a notch by offering slight improvements, new engine choices, and new drive enhancing technologies. We recently got behind the wheel of the new Infiniti Q50 2.0t and here is our review of the outstanding luxury sedan.
Inspired by Infiniti Essence Concept, the design language of the Infiniti Q50 heavily highlights of what we can expect from future models from the brand. With an extremely aggressive and sculpted front end, swooping side profile, and steep rear-end, the 2016 Infiniti Q50 is definitely one of the best-looking luxury sedans currently on the market.
The overall exterior design of the 2016 Infiniti Q50 is highlighted by what the brand calls a three-dimensional ‘double arch grille’, a sloping roofline, sculpted C-pillar, and LED headlamps that is apparently inspired by the human eye.
Dimensions-wise, the new 2016 Infiniti Q50 sits on a wheelbase that measures 112.2 inches with an overall length of 188.3 inches. The overall width for the Infiniti Q50 comes in at 71.8 inches, while the overall height does in at 56.8 inches.
Overall, when it comes to the exterior design of the 2016 Infiniti Q50, the luxury sedan definitely stands out in the crowd with expressive, aggressive and a sculpted design that’s hard to avoid looking at.
Take a seat inside the new 2016 Infiniti Q50 and you’ll be welcomed by a luxurious and quality built interior with massive amounts of technology.
The first thing you’ll notice is the dual touchscreen displays on the center stack. The top screen measures a total of 8-inches while the bottom screen measures 7-inches. Together the two make up what the brand calls the Infiniti InTouch infotainment system and houses frequently used apps, vehicle settings, climate settings, audio information, vehicle information, the navigation system and much more. Depending on what you’re looking for, the two screens work in conjunction with each other. For example, if you’re viewing the navigation on the top screen the bottom screen will allow you to enter/edit your destination or find points of interest. While the vehicle is in motion, the top screen can continue being your navigation system, while other information like audio and climate settings can be controlled via the bottom screen. The system is very intuitive but definitely takes some time getting used to. However, once you get the hang of it the possibilities and display settings are endless.
Our 2016 Infiniti Q50 came with all the bells and whistles including navigation, a Bose sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, Sirius XM radio and traffic, USB and AUX connectivity, heated seats, and a bunch of driver assistance technologies that we’ll get into in the safety section of this review.
The 2016 Infiniti Q50 lineup is available with a range of engine choices and trim levels including Q50 2.0t, Q50 2.0t Premium, Q50 3.0t Premium, Q50 Hybrid Premium, Q50 Sport and Q50 Red Sport 400. All are offered with either rear or all-wheel-drive. Our test model, the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t Premium is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine making 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission, the Infiniti Q50 2.0t runs from 0 to 60 mph in just 7 seconds with a top speed of 153 mph.
Now, while you may think 208 horsepower won’t really get you moving, you’d be completely wrong. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine has enough power to get you going from a standstill and enough power to help you tackle highway maneuvers. If you require a sportier drive, the Drive Mode Selector will allow you to switch to a Sport setting for a more dynamic response from the car. You can also select other modes including Personal, Standard, Eco, and Snow.
The best thing about the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t? The fuel economy figures. The model gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23/31 mpg* (city/highway), which will definitely help you save some cash at the pump.
Besides the list of standard safety features, Infiniti is well known for offering optional safety features that make your life just a little easier. The 2016 Infiniti Q50 can be ordered with a Driver Assistance Package that adds an around-view birds-eye-view monitor, object detection, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, and rear collision intervention. The Technology Package will also give you blind-spot intervention, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, and active lane control.
No matter how you look at it, the Infiniti G story is one of the most successful stories in the luxury sedan segment and the new 2016 Infiniti Q50 is taking that story forward. Prices for the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t start at $33,950**. If you’re in the market for a new luxury sedan, make sure you stop by an AutoNation-affiliated Infiniti dealership for a test drive today!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.