To start, the 2015 Q50 S only costs $43,650, while non-sport models come in at an insanely inexpensive $37,150. While the S model is surely fantastic in base trim, we advise you tack-on the additional $7,700 for all the Navigation, Deluxe Touring, and Tech packages Infiniti offers, as we quickly discovered it’s well worth having access to Infiniti’s outstanding safety and tech features.
Safety-wise, the Q50 smokes the competition by offering Direct Adaptive Steering for instantaneous turn-in times, Backup Collision Intervention (BCI), a predictive forward collision system that monitors the car in front of you and the one in front of it, and Infiniti’s own “Around View” monitoring system, which features more cameras than a paparazzi blitz. Compared to BMW’s 3-series, Audi’s A4, Mercedes’ C-class, and Lexus’ IS line, a well-equipped Q50 feels like a true technological bargain, making that additional few grand feel like money well spent.
Driving a rear-wheel drive version, where safety can be more of a concern, it became clear early on that these aforementioned systems work seamlessly. Lane departure warnings are noticeable but not annoying, the adaptive steering causes the car to cut corners sharper than expected (flip a u-turn in one and you’ll see), and Infiniti’s “Around View” is an outstanding option, as it covers your front, sides, rear, and overhead at the push of a button anytime. Equipped with the tech and touring packages, you also get extras like rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors all around, adaptive front lighting, pre-crash locking seat belts, and dual driver memory seats.
Safety aside, many of the Q50’s strongest selling points remain cabin-based, as this is very much a businessman’s automobile. Here, drivers can sync their phones to the car’s office-oriented “Infiniti InTouch” dual display system to upload and utilize apps, or access email and infotainment without having to pick-up a phone. There’s also an analog dial and plenty of well laid-out buttons, so if pinching or swiping screens isn’t your thing, you still have a way to tap into the car’s intuitive computer system.
In the comfort department, the fourteen speaker Bose audio system hits hard without rattling the cabin to smithereens, the cockpit is quiet and composed, the fit and finish are Infiniti-grade with piano black accents and soft touch materials at every turn, and the stitched leather seats are both supple and sporty at the same time. Since your typical businessman is a family man as well, it was important to see how easy it is to outfit the car with a full-size child seat, at which point we were thrilled to discover that the doors on the Q50 can swing open almost ninety degrees, and that slits in the rear bench make bolting and unbolting a baby seat a cinch.