And this the 2018 Infiniti Q50- the Q50 first launched as an all-new model in 2014, and then in 2016, they put a fleet of new engines under the hood. And now for 2018, they've refreshed the model to help keep it current as we typically see, with upgrades most of the changes are cosmetic.
2018 Infiniti Q50 Changes
So the 2018 Infiniti Q50 gets a new front bumper, new headlights, new tail lamps, new rear bumper, new trunk lid and some changes on the inside. The Q50 is still one of the larger compact luxury sedans on sale in America. And it still competes with things like the Lexus LS, the BMW 3 Series or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. And of course, it also means that the Q50 is still one of the best values in the luxury sedan segment an Infiniti goes about the value proposition a little bit differently than brands like Acura.
So if you were looking at an Acura TLX for instance which is almost the same size of this vehicle, it would be the front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. But this much like BMW is the rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and it has a near-perfect 50/50 weight balance. Because this is a refresh and not a redesigned, the changes to the Q50 are evolution, not revolution.
So this is instantly recognizable as an Infiniti and as a 2018 Infiniti Q50 from the front, even though this bumper of the grill and the headlamp modules are not the same as the 2017 model.
For 2018 Infiniti Q50 didn't make too many changes to the side of the vehicle.Although we do get new wheels on most models and the red sport, Perhaps the biggest change happens out back where we get an entirely new rear bumper, new trunk lid and new tail out modules that mirror the styling of the Infiniti Q60 Coupe.
2018 Infiniti Q50 Engine
Infiniti recently launched a new engine lineup, for the Q50 nothing under the hood changes for 2018. That means that the base model still has a 2-litre 4-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower. You then have a choice between two 3-litre turbocharged engines one that produces 300 horsepower or the red sport that produces 400 horsepower. And of course, you can still buy the 2018 Infiniti Q50 with their 3.5-litre hybrid system that splits the difference and gives you 360 all four engines including that hybrid model with to a 7-speed automatic. And you can add all-wheel drive to any of the models for an additional $2.000. All models of the 2018 Infiniti Q50 are rear-wheel drive. And that's quite different than something like a Lexus ES or an Acura TLX or a Volvo S60 all of which you could compare with this vehicle.
So you can see that the majority of the engine and all of the transmission is actually behind the front axle, and that helps shift weight to the rear of the car.
2018 Infiniti Q50 Acceleration
The first thing you notice about the Q50 red sport out on the road is the acceleration, if you can get the launch right you can go from 0 to 60 in 4.5 to 4.6 seconds.
It seems that Infiniti had done perhaps a little bit of tuning with the brake based limited-slip function of their Anti-lock brake system because launches are a little bit better than when we first tested the Q50 red sport. Because of the power and the massive amount of torque that this twin-turbo V6 delivers, you should know that the all-wheel-drive version is likely going to be faster zero to 60 in just about every situation, compared to the competition an Audi S4 will go from 0 to 60 in about 4.4 seconds. And this is just about as fast as a BMW 340i depending on exactly how the vehicle and exactly what kind of road. Could be a little bit faster than 340i, but it's never going to be a lot faster in our braking test, we stopped at 60 miles.
2018 Infiniti Q50 Interior
For the interior, I'm going to give the front seat 8 out of 10 points. When it comes to our front bench score, we are in the model with the sports seats which means we have inflatable side bolsters and an extending thigh cushion. But we don't have a four-way adjustable lumbar support, and that is something that I would like to see in the seat.
The front passenger seat does not have the same range of motion as the driver it's missing the lumbar support popping into the rear seat. But that score improves to 9 out of 10 points thanks to the generous leg room that we find in the 2018 Infiniti Q50. You'll find more legroom in this, especially the smaller entries in the compact luxury segment like the Cadillac ATS or the current Volvo S60. But the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-series are quite accommodating.
The 2018 Infiniti Q50 is longer than some of those other entries. You should know that if you get the Q50 hybrid, then trunk space drops. However, there's still enough room to put several of 22-inch roller bags in the trunk.
The doors are made from soft touch plastics, although you will find some hard plastics towards the bottom of the doors, around storage. Most models of the 2018 Infiniti Q50 feature real wood trim. But we get metal trim in the sporty trim and then lower on the doors. The dashboard design is essentially the same as the 2017 model year vehicle.
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