2015 Infiniti Q50 S | Road Test
* The sheer amount of grip it offers is extremely impressive.
* Phenomenal Bose sound system with 14 speakers and 3 subwoofers.
* A proper head turner.
* Due to the Direct Adaptive Steering, the steering itself is devoid of any feel whatsoever.
* Headroom is a little restricted in the back.
Introduction & Summary
When Infiniti pulled the plug on the G-Sedan in early 2013, it filled the void in its line-up with the Q50 and attempted to take on the likes of BMW’s 3-Series, Cadillac’s ATS and Lexus’s IS. A bold move, I remember thinking to myself, as I questioned if it’d be able to follow in the footsteps of the G-Sedan – the victor of numerous awards.
Styling & Design
Shaking off the affable demeanour that the G-Sedan connoted with its soft, swopping curves, the Q50’s menacing mien is a product of sharp and angular contours that complement the aggressive sculpting along the bodywork. Its purposeful stance and devious aura indicate that the Japanese sedan isn’t one to be taken lightly, especially when finished in a radiant Graphite Shadow hue.
Retaining the essence of its predecessor, the interiors of the Q50 are likely to take owners of the G-Sedan on a trip down memory lane. With Graphite leather and Maple Wood accents embellishing the cabin, it’s all very plush without being dreary. Aluminium pedals, Magnesium paddles and a low seating position, all aid in allowing the Q50 to strike the right balance between opulence and sportiness.
Developed following ten years of research, the Q50 welcomes the industry’s first Steer-by-Wire system, whereby there’s no mechanical connection between the steering wheel and the wheels on the road; just electric signals. The unique set-up filters out unwanted vibrations and leaves the driver with a steering wheel that is virtually unaffected by undulations on the surface with over a thousand adjustments carried out every second.
In addition to a Lane Departure Warning system, a Lane Departure Prevention system, a Backup Collision Intervention system and Adaptive Cruise Control, the Japanese sedan comes equipped with an intelligent key that boasts the ability to learn different driver profiles. Everything from seat and mirror adjustments to climate control and navigation preferences get synchronised to the key fob, eliminating the need for the driver to keep readjusting it to their preference.
Performance, Ride & Handling
To match the suave exterior, the Q50 gets its grunt from a 3.7 litre V6 engine that directs 326 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 361 Nm of torque at 5,200 RPM to the rear wheels. Looking at power figures alone, the Q50 has the upper hand amongst its rivals, but also bears the lowest power to weight ratio.
Tipping scales at 1,756 kg, the Q50 Sport is ironically 29 kg heavier than the Luxury grade, 111 kg heavier than its predecessor and 126 kg heavier than its closest rival, the Lexus IS. In turn, it returns a paltry power-to-weight ratio of just 0.084hp/kg as opposed to 0.085 hp/kg from the Lexus IS, 0.087 hp/kg from the BMW 3-Series and 0.093 hp/kg from the Cadillac ATS.
Mated to a seven speed transmission with Downshift Rev-Matching, the Q50 offers an exhilarating experience behind the wheel that is heightened by just how well balanced and planted it feels at all times. The nimbleness of the ride is a product of a stiff sports suspension set-up and Active Trace Control – a system that applies the brakes automatically to each wheel, helping to keep the vehicle on the cornering line as steered.
While the 355mm discs up front and 350 mm discs at the rear shine when being pushed to their limit in Sport mode, at the other end of the spectrum sits Infiniti’s Eco Pedal that gets activated at a flick of the Drive Mode switch. By significantly stiffening the throttle pedal, the boffins have eliminated the need for cylinder-deactivation by curbing erratic acceleration and delivering improved economy. Simplicity at its finest.
Comfort & Practicality
With supple leather all around, a capacious boot with 500 litres of capacity and decent amounts of leg room for all passengers, there really isn’t anything to complain about. In fact, praise for the Q50 is still due, as the official ratings of 10.23 litres / 100 kilometres, were actually very close to our three day average of 11.5 kilometres / 100 kilometres.
Price & Verdict
When the Q50 revealed itself to the world, many including myself, were skeptical as to whether it’d be able to fill the boots of its predecessor. Over the years, an ever-increasing fan following has spoken for itself and there’s enough reason for those at Infiniti to celebrate, as not only have they created a suitable replacement for the G-Sedan, but a legend – the benchmark for all its rivals to achieve.
|Specifications||2015 Infiniti Q50||2015 Infiniti Q50|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre turbocharged / 4-cyl||3.7 litre / V6|
|Max Power |
|208 hp @ 5,500 RPM||326 hp @ 7,000 RPM|
|350 Nm @ 3,500 RPM||361 Nm @ 5,200 RPM|
|Tranmission||7 speed automatic||7 speed automatic|
|Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.3 seconds||5.5 seconds|
|Top speed||245 km/h||250 km/h|
|Price||AED 125,000 - 139,000||AED 159,000 - 205,000|