Infiniti Q50 2.0T Sport – Infinite technology

Some of you may remember the times when Infiniti launched their Q45 in Singapore, when the hype lasted for an unfortunate few months, and the brand went into hibernation following that.

Today, the premium Japanese brand has revamped its marketing strategy and business image, sitting proudly on the Wearnes dealership, together with the bigger renowned brands such as Renault, Jaguar, Range Rover, and Bentley.

And of course, together with the rebranding comes a whole new line-up of cars. We took a drive in Infiniti’s new Q50 sedan. Read on more to find out how it fared against the rest in its class!

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Exterior

Besides being a large step ahead in technology, the Japanese are known to come up with more quirky designs for their cars. Sharp edges complimented with curves and a wavy design generally dominate most of the Japanese cars on the roads here.

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The Q50 is no different. With designs inspired by ocean waves, Infiniti’s designers have managed to produce a sedan marrying aggressiveness and style. Up front, you get a fierce shark-lookalike headlamps, acccompanied by a giant middle mesh on which the Infiniti badge proudly sits. To add on to the tinge of sportiness, the Q50 comes standard with LED daytime running lights and bi-xenon headlamps.

Across the pillars to the boot, the “oceanic” wavy curves are evident even up to the sharpest details of how the door handles are shaped. The car comes standard with keyless entry, and an additional $18,000 top up from the Premium variant would buy you luxuries such as a sports kit and sunroof on the Sport variant.

Interior

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If there’s one phrase to describe the new Q50 (or perhaps even the rest in the Infiniti line), it would be “an abundance of technology”. Slip into the driver’s seat and you’ll be surrounded with gadgets and buttons, culminating in two huge touch-screen infotainment screens in the centre console.

Of course, you’d wonder whether it is really necessary to have so many features, but the answer turns out well justified once you adopt the “it’s-a-good-to-have” mentality. For starters, the infotainment screens provide you with the options of showing your time (a clock, literally), fuel consumption, radio/audio settings (for the top screen), as well as navigation or even your driving performance graphs for the speed heads at the bottom.

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We found the Driving Performance application featuring the g-force graph a little similar to that of its older cousin – the Nissan GTR, although the details showed here on the Q50 are of minimal standard compared to the godzilla monster of a brother we’re talking about.

Comfort-wise, Japanese fans would proudly say that the Q50 surpasses the Mercedes-Benz W205 C-Class. True enough, we felt that the rear had significantly more legroom compared to the German marque, accommodating three grown adults comfortably with room to spare.

And of course, Infiniti – being the premium brand of Nissan, offers you top notch plush leather for your seats and cabin surroundings. It does not, in any way, feel like an ordinary Nissan, and that distinction was something we felt Infiniti had succeeded in.

The Drive

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In the first of its kind (and our representative from Infiniti proudly acclaimed), the Q50 comes presented with the same heart as the C250 we tested a while ago. Now having heard that, you would imagine how hard it was to keep a neutralised expectation level, given that we had such a wonderful time with the W205.

Putting out a total of 208 horses coupled with 350 Nm of torque, the Q50’s plant delivers you to the 100 km/h mark in just 7.2 seconds. Similar to the Merceddes, the Q50 provides you with much needed torque to overtake the average sedan on the roads.

As usual, the Q50 presents you with different driving modes. We felt that the steering was a tad too sensitive at low speeds on Standard mode, but it did gain a little bit of weight as the speedo climbed upwards. In comparison with the W205, the Q50 still needs that little bit of responsiveness to match up to its German competitor.

Driving this 4.8 metres sedan may look difficult, but it is, in fact, a breeze. The Q50 remained gripped to the ground at higher cruising speeds. The bumps on one of Singapore’s most unevenly paved expressways were hardly felt by the common passenger, but instead, we thought that the noise insulation was a bigger issue at hand.

Conclusion

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With a sedan filled to the brim with technology, it could either mean that you spend a long time familiarising yourself with the car, or that you would truly drool over the countless gadgets available for your play time.

For us, we prefer to think that we belong to the latter group. After all, a little more is better than not having it at all. In this aspect, the Q50 wins over the most hardcore of tech-drivers.

Considering the gadgets, ride quality, and comfort provided, this might turn out to be a good choice for the family man looking for something a little more premium than your normal bread-and-butter car.

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We like:

The finishes and sheer luxury of this Japanese premium brand.

We don’t like: 

Steering was a little too sensitive at low speeds, and we felt that cabin insulation could have been better.

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