2014 Infiniti Q50 | new car review

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by
2014 Infiniti Q50
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  • Rated 4 stars
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AEDAED 166,000 - 223,000
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Review Summary:

The Q50 is the replacement model to the hugely popular G sedan from Nissan’s luxury wing, Infiniti. Making its debut at the Dubai International Motor Show in 2013, the latest offering from the Japanese brand is targeted against the American Cadillac ATS and the German BMW 3-Series.

Pros

The power put out by the Q50 Hybrid is quite remarkable.

Cons

Pricier than its American and German rivals.

So how does the 2014 Infiniti Q 50 fair in the Looks department?

While the Infiniti G sedan was based more on delicate curves, the Q50 is the complete opposite. Its sharp edges, aggressive design and intimidating stance waste no time in indicating that the Japanese sedan is one to be taken seriously. Up front, it’s a combination of angular headlamps, a sculpted hood with prominent creases funneling down to the large mesh grilles, and piano black trim around the fog lamp housings. At the other end of the 4,790mm long sedan, resides long taillamps that wrap around the sides, two large chrome-tipped exhausts and a wrinkle along the boot deck lid that doubles up as a spoiler.

2014 Infiniti Q50

Feels

Neat, yet unimaginative for the most part is my take on 2014 . Though Infiniti has managed to get its quality right, the styling is still on a conservative side. Once within the confined boundaries of the cabin, it is evident that you’re sitting in an Infiniti. Large paddle shifters, aluminium pedals, and an instrument cluster that tops out at 9,000 RPM and 280 km/h connotes the Q50’s sporting intentions. However, the real attraction lies in the touch screen located in the centre of the dashboard.  Navigate emails, stream music, catch up on social media posts and much more, should you so desire.

2014 Infiniti Q50 interior

Engineering

Developed over ten years of research, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 is the first vehicle in the brand’s line-up to feature Direct Adaptive Steering. Utilizing electronic systems that digitally enhance steering connection, the Direct Adaptive Steering system makes subtle and constant changes to enhance the feeling of stability. In turn, this filters out unwanted vibration and leaves the driver with a steering wheel that is virtually unaffected by uneven patches on the road.

2014 Infiniti Q50

On offer

Going down the standard Q50 route, you can expect to find a 2.0 litre turbo 4-cylinder under the hood that generates 208 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque. Alternatively a 3.7 litre V6 engine chucking out 326 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 361 Nm of torque at 5,200 RPM is also on the shelves. For those in search of a little more grunt, have to look at the Q50 hybrid, which in addition to a sportier suspension set-up, gets a 3.5 litre V6 under the hood and ups the game to 350 horsepower at 6,500 RPM and 536 Nm of torque. Here’s the fun part – all that power is available at rotations as low as 1,470 RPM! All three engines get mated to a smooth 7 speed automatic transmission with Downshift Rev Matching (DRM) and send power to the rear wheels.

2014 Infiniti Q50 front

Verdict

Now that you know what the car has to offer, it is time to wrap us this review. With a price tag of AED 166,000, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 is significantly more expensive than its ATS and 3-Series rivals. While it may be utter stupidity to some, the Q50 is well worth its asking price. It’s provocative, innovative and most of all, reliable.

2014 Infiniti Q50 rear

4 Responses to 2014 Infiniti Q50 | new car review

  1. Abdulla Reply

    January 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm

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    • Rated 5 stars

    I bought this amazing car when it first came out (roughly between April and June 2014). I bought the Infiniti Q50 3.7 V6 Premium Model.

    Honestly, it is the best value money can buy car out there when I compare it with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, and the Lexus IS. In Bahrain, the dealer here has better maintenance and service prices than its competitors as well as more value for money options on the car. The BMW dealer here is notorious for having excessively high maintenance prices not including the huge depreciation on the car. Coming from a previous Nissan owner (before I bought this Q50), it is an amazing car. I can honestly tell you that I have used its ALC – Active Lane Control feature a lot for cruising down the highway. This car makes driving feel so relaxing like an airplane on autopilot.

    I highly recommend this car, do not be scared to try something new and stand from the crowd. I have heard a lot of complaints about the new electric steering system (DAS – Direct Adaptive Steering), but it is nothing about failure. It is just about the people loosing a sense of the road which I disagree. The ride is really smooth and it is always the case with new technology that it is hard for us to just go along with it at first but then it slowly becomes the standard in the industry.

    – Q50 Owner.

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      January 20, 2015 at 11:58 am

      Lovely to hear you’re enjoying the Q50, Abdulla 🙂

      Best regards,

      Zaran

  2. Sharun Reply

    July 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    When you say “pricier than American and German rivals”
    I agree pricier than American yes.. But against German rivals with same engine spec and features really??!!! Could you cite few examples..?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      July 30, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Hi Sharun,

      I understand your point, but vehicles aren’t pitted against one another based on features offered. If that were the case, the Hyundai Genesis wouldn’t be a rival to the BMW 5-Series, but to the 7-Series instead.

      When I say “Pricier than its American and German rivals”, I am referring to the Cadillac ATS and BMW 3-Series, both of which command a lower price than the Infiniti Q50. Granted, one may be more powerful than the other, or may have more features than the other, but at the end of the day, all three fall into the same subset of the market and thus make a fair comparison.

      Regards,

      Zaran

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