There’s extra to Infiniti’s fanatic’s automobiles than Purple Sport, a proven fact that the 2017 Q50 three.0t Sport AWD want to underline. It might not have the best tuning, however with 300 horsepower beneath its well-styled flanks there’s loads of causes to bypass BMW’s showroom and go for a one thing extra out of the abnormal. That’s Infiniti‘s case on paper, anyway, however does the Q50S ship on the street?
The Q50S isn’t essentially the most good-looking automotive in Infiniti’s line-up – I’d give that award to the Q60 coupe – however it’s undoubtedly curvaceous. Even in a extra discrete end, just like the Iridium Blue of this explicit automotive, it’s a good-looking beast. It additionally hides its dimension effectively, falling someplace in-between the three Sequence and 5 Sequence that Infiniti so clearly needs to tackle.
Infiniti will get nearer to that ambition with the Q50S than with a lot of its earlier automobiles. The three.Zero-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine isn’t fairly tuned to the max – Infiniti saves peak energy for the Purple Sport branded variations – however 300 HP and 295 lb-ft. of torque isn’t to be sniffed at. Mixed with an sure-footed (however optionally available) AWD system and the Q50S has no points getting that energy to the street, both.
Turbo-lag is almost non-existent, and although the engine’s soundtrack is somewhat on the muted aspect, the V6 pulls effectively even with out the Purple Sport tweaks. Whereas it might be bigger than many in its class, it hides that dimension effectively.
Infiniti takes its “sport sedan” billing significantly, and even within the “Normal” drive mode the Q50S is a reasonably agency automotive. Notch as much as Sport or Sport+ and issues can get lumpy on ill-kept roads, even when it means the automotive does keep regular and degree in additional aggressive cornering. Sport+ can depart issues feeling jittery.
Infiniti’s infotainment system is unfold throughout two contact screens within the dashboard, physics buttons beneath, a rotary controller within the heart console, buttons on the steering wheel, and an LCD sandwiched in-between its analog dials. If you happen to assume that sounds loads, you’re not incorrect. On the plus aspect, it means you may preserve each a full-screen map view and your media on-show concurrently, one atop the opposite within the heart stack.
On the draw back, it does make navigation a fairy difficult affair, at the least initially. Infiniti’s shortcut buttons assist, and I’m all for a devoted quantity knob, however there’s an inexpensive quantity of looking concerned for something greater than fundamental options. I spent a number of days with chilly fingers earlier than I found the heated steering wheel, the management for which is buried in a submenu.
Within the again, the segment-straddling dimensions depart the Q50S with spectacular legroom. Nonetheless, the taller amongst us may uncover they have to endure for the automotive’s slinky styling, with headroom sacrificed for the decrease roofline. Company mum or dad Nissan donates its fancy Zero Gravity Seat know-how, which guarantees to use NASA genius to the vital matter of holding your rump relaxed.
I’m no astronaut, however they’re definitely comfy even after prolonged journey. Usually, although, whereas the Q50S’ cabin is stable and practical, it’s beginning to present its age, and a few of the plastics don’t have the identical heft as rivals supply. Equally, whereas there’s Infiniti’s InTouch app suite as a part of the $2,250 Premium Plus Bundle, don’t count on Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Infiniti’s drive-by-wire steering is an choice, and the Q50S I drove featured a extra conventional speed-sensitive setup. Nonetheless, whereas it doesn’t lack in precision, there’s scant really feel coming from the street by to the wheel. It’s not fairly so anodyne because the Direct Adaptive Steer (DAS), however it nonetheless feels somewhat an excessive amount of like a gaming wheel in your console for my liking.
Maybe I used to be unfortunate, or unduly heavy-footed, however the Q50S proved thirsty, too. Infiniti and the EPA price the sedan at 19 mpg within the metropolis, 27 mpg on the freeway, and 22 mpg mixed, however in my combined driving I noticed solely 19.2 mpg on the journey pc. Contemplating, with comparable use, the Q60 Purple Sport 400 coupe – tuned, notably, for 400 horsepower – delivered nearer to 21 mpg, you must ask your self what the Q50S is doing with all that fuel.
At $46,650, the 2017 Infiniti Q50 three.0t Sport AWD finds itself in-between BMW’s 330i xDrive and 340i xDrive: extra highly effective than the previous, and cheaper than the latter. Add within the Driver Help Bundle, Premium Plus Bundle, and pointless illuminated kick plates, nevertheless, and the $52,430 of the automotive you see right here begins to look loads much less interesting. That 340i xDrive kicks off at $49,900 in spite of everything, drives higher, and has extra energy.
It’s to not say the Infiniti is a nasty alternative, however it does encourage temperance when confronted with the order kind. Those that want more room for his or her buck might discover the bodily bigger Q50S matches the invoice just by digital of the area it has on supply.