It is not every car that raises our anticipation levels in the Mexico Automotive Review offices, but as we patiently awaited the arrival of Infiniti’s Q50, the feeling of excitement was palpable. As it roared around the corner, we caught our first glimpse of the vehicle’s beautiful LED headlights, resembling the eyes of a sneaky, mad cat, primed to pounce on its prey. The car’s sleek, refined body provides an impressive sense of presence, one which certainly turned a few heads in the quiet, cozy streets of Mexico City’s Colonia Roma and those of the even calmer Tepoztlan.
In the Driving Seat
My favorite interior features of the Q50, besides the incredible Bose speaker system, are the front seats. These heated, mechanized bad boys are supportive, comfortable, inviting, and fully-adjustable with automated controls. Once they have been positioned well, it becomes a breeze to operate all of the vehicle’s gadgets and gizmos, particularly the responsive central control screen, which was highly forgiving of our inquisitive button pushing. Visibility was not an issue on the road, and was even complimented by the views gifted to us by the wide moon roof. The whole vehicle also feels very safe, and reminds you of this with its sturdy, robust build quality.
Besides its classy seating, the Q50’s aforementioned, dual-screen, central control panel offers accurate GPS, which capably navigated us around Mexico City’s traffic-laden streets, even offering up efficient, viable, alternative routes on the way. My excitement to test out the Bose, 14-speaker premium audio system (only found in the Q50’s premium model) was hard to contain as I explored the audio menus to set up my iPhone’s Bluetooth link. Once connected, the vehicle’s entire body filled with sound, and felt like it would burst open, spilling drum fills and guitar riffs onto the streets – any kind of music aficionado would be delighted with the quality of this extra feature. For those of you with parallel parking issues, the Q50 makes use of Infiniti’s Around View Monitor, giving the driver a 360 degree view of their immediate surroundings, as well as automatic, pre-collision braking – so, no more need to rely on those bumpers to do the work!
Ride & Performance
The Q50’s V6 engine certainly delivers in terms of acceleration, and gets a well-rounded 20/29 mpg in city and highway settings. Boasting 328HP, the engine creates an immensely satisfying roar when opening it up. The brakes are strong and responsive, the automatic gear changes feel smooth, and the car sticks to its cat-like character with its agile handling ability. Inside, the car feels refined due to its low-noise level at high speeds and virtually no vibration (besides the full-volume bass of the stereo).
The 2015 Infiniti Q50 Premium is a joy on the road thanks to its refined, luxury interior, its powerful performance, and a ride that feels comfortable and safe. While the entertainment system is a little convoluted for some, the features hidden within are worth the excursion.
At a Glance
- 328-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- 2WD 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds
- Dual power outside mirrors
- Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control
- LED Headlights
- 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Heated front seats
- 14-Speaker Bose Premium Audio (Premium model only)
Price Range (During testing)
US$37,150 (MX$552,933) – $45,450 (MX$676,613)