Introduced in 2014, the Q50 is the successor to Infiniti’s long-running G35/G37 model, which established the brand in the compact luxury sport sedan segment. The Q50 has not enjoyed any substantive updates since its introduction, but has been touched up with minor year-over-year changes.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2023, the Q50 gets a new mid-level Signature Edition trim in place of last year’s Sport Tech configuration, but is otherwise unchanged.
Infiniti offers the Q50 in Pure, Luxe, Signature Edition, Red Sport I-Line, and Red Sport I-Line Proactive trim levels. All are powered by a 3.0L turbo V6, with Red Sport models getting a 33 per cent power bump. All-wheel drive and a seven-speed transmission are standard across the board.
Pure trim comes with auto on/off LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and 17-inch wheels. You also get leatherette upholstery, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, passive keyless entry, dual-zone A/C, six-speaker audio, and forward collision mitigation.
Luxe adds a sunroof, automatic high beams, power-folding side mirrors, 18-inch wheels, electric steering wheel adjustments, leather upholstery, and a 16-speaker stereo. Other additions include surround-view cameras, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, radar cruise control, reverse collision avoidance, and front and rear parking sensors.
Signature Edition gains auto-dimming side mirrors, 19-inch wheels, black wood interior trim, and navigation.
Red Sport I-Line gets sport brakes, quilted leather upholstery with red stitching, digital suspension, and aluminum interior trim. I-Line Proactive models add adaptive headlights, blind spot/lane departure intervention, active lane control, and direct adaptive steering.
Infiniti’s fuel consumption estimates are 12.5/8.7 L/100 km (city/highway) for the standard Q50, and 12.5/9.3 for Red Sport models.
As a compact sport sedan, the Q50 competes with the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac CT5, Lexus IS, Volvo S60, Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Genesis G70, and Kia Stinger.
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