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2014 Infiniti Q50S Quick Take

By Keith Buglewicz on January 27, 2014 1:11 PM
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I own a 2003 Infiniti G35, this car's two-generations-old ancestor, so I've been intensely curious about the 2014 Infiniti Q50. I like my car; it's fun and quick, with great torque and tail-happy driving dynamics that would benefit from a faster processor for the stability control system. The second generation of the Infiniti G-Series cars was a step backward in performance, with an engine that didn't offer the same down-low torque, and a suspension set up to be a lot less fun.

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This car strikes a great balance though. The new Infiniti Q50 feels good on the road, especially with the S package on our car. The suspension is firm, but I don't think it's too harsh. The engine and 7-speed transmission are a good match for each other, and the paddle shifters offer up quick downshifts, even if they aren't quite as immediate as they would be if it were a dual-clutch transmission. I was particularly impressed with its 4th gear behavior, which complements the engine's power delivery at mid- to high-speeds. Our car doesn't have the electronic steering, which I'm eager to try, but it still feels too isolated from road imperfections. 

I like the interior, but like a lot of Nissan/Infiniti designs, it's a step behind the times. At first glance it looks ultra-modern, with two screens and a control knob on the center console. But the knob really only controls the map zoom. The lower touch screen controls things like the audio system and other apps, but it's a mess of menus and sub-menus and sub-sub-menus that would be easier to control with--wait for it--a knob, like the one RIGHT THERE. Granted, clicking the knob opens up a submenu on the upper screen that seems to offer some of the same functionality of the lower screen, but if that's the case, why not just make it a toggle that switches between the two? By the way, if this description is confusing, imagine sorting it out while driving a car.

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While driving it, I was thinking it was a solid value at $50,000, so imagine my surprise when I looked at the sticker and saw that it was just over $46,000. "Great value" may not be a strong selling point among luxury intenders, but there's no denying this Infiniti delivers more than you expect for the price. 

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