The 2015 Infiniti Q50S is a sports sedan that aims to take the best of two worlds and pack those features into one car. It is a sedan with room for five and plenty of creature comforts. It is also sporty with lots of power and responsive handling. The challenge is in melding those two worlds together into one cohesive car.
It looks like a sedan, but with lots of accents that let you know it has a little something extra. There are 19-inch aluminum alloy sport wheels as a standard feature with our tester rolling on 19″ Rays forged aluminum alloy wheels with summer performance tires. There is a chrome grille and sport front fascia that gives it a low, aggressive face and will force you not to pull too far into parking spots or risk a scrape. It’s got the sporty looks thing down.
The interior focuses more on sedan comfort, except for the aluminum sport pedals which are the one visible nod to its sports sedan design. Leather front seats are 8-way power adjustable and heated with manually adjustable thigh support. They are not sporty and lean heavily toward soft, luxury sedan territory with only minimal bolstering. There is plenty of room up front, but push the seats back to accommodate larger legs and rear passengers will have their knees brushing the seat backs.
The Infiniti Q50S is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 328 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. This is paired to a 7-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode and paddle shifters. Leaving it alone and letting it do its thing, the car is responsive and even fun. Shifts are well-timed and pressing the gas pedal hard gives a burst of speed to sprint by slower vehicles.
Switch to manual mode, use those paddle shifters, and you are rewarded. The transmission even blips the throttle on downshifts making this a great solution for those who enjoy the control of a manual transmission.
Better drive control can be achieved by using the drive mode selector to choose standard, sport, eco, snow, or personal. Sport mode instantly changes how the car feels with a tighter steering response and higher revs before each shift. This feature alone makes the car truly feel like a sports sedan.
The Infiniti infotainment system includes a dual-screen display that you will either love or hate. It takes up a lot of real estate and shows you more than you need to see making the dashboard busy. Screens are great, busy is not.
There’s an 8″ upper screen where you’ll see your map for navigation and a 7″ lower screen for controlling audio, climate, navigation, and various vehicle settings. The twin-screen approach is becoming a popular way to manage increasingly complex infotainment systems, but it’s not truly necessary. In the Q50S, most functions are controlled on the lower screen rather than the slightly out of reach top screen.
The touch sensitivity is phenomenal, responding almost every time to even the lightest touch. Unfortunately, the glare on the screen makes if difficult to see in bright light. The fingerprints all over its surface show up more than the information displayed beneath so you need to keep it constantly clean to be useful.
Overall, the Infiniti Q50S manages to blend an element of sportiness with the key features of a well-equipped sedan. It is comfortable and plush inside with a smooth ride. There is none of the stripped down harshness found in true sports cars, but plenty of sports car power and response.
2015 Infiniti Q50S
Base Price: $43,650
Price As Tested: $47,300 (not including destination charge)
- Sporty Styling
- Comfortable Interior
- Responsive Drive
- Dual Screen Infotainment System
- Lack of a Manual Transmission Option