2021 Infiniti Q50

MSRP $36,400

Ranked #7 in Sedan

8.0

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2021 Infiniti Q50 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021 Infiniti Q50 is a quick and gorgeous-looking entry-level luxury sedan that comes with not one but two twin-turbocharged engine options. The 2021 model year offers many updates over its predecessor but nothing major has changed. With a starting price of $36,600 for the base trim, it now comes with many more features as standard. The old Sensory trim has been discontinued and has been replaced by the range-topping Sport trim ($47,600). All the trims of the standard Q50 come with a 300-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine. 

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Pros

Quick and effortless performance 

Attractive styling

Spacious cabin

Comfortable seating

Cons

Poor fuel economy

Lackluster handling

What's New?

Wi-Fi hot spot now offered with the base trim, it also gets more standard driver assistance features in Luxe trim as well

The new range-topping trim called Sensory has replaced the older Sport trim

Two new paint colors: Slate Gray and Grand Blue, have also been introduced with the 2021 model year


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$36400

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

172 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 6400 rpm

torque

295 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

transmission

7 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.1 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

189.6 in.

width

71.8 in.

height

57.2 in.

curb weight

3685 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

100 cu ft.

cargo volume

13.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

7716 lbs.

payload capacity

1295 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

12.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.8 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

169 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

PURE$36,400 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Infiniti Q50 in Pure White color
Pure White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.6

Engine and Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

7.6

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

7.1

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The more powerful 400-horsepower version of the same has been reserved for the Red Sport ($55,850) which we have covered in a separate review. Mated with a seven-speed automatic transmission, it comes with a rear-wheel-drivetrain (RWD) as standard. For getting an all-wheel-drive (AWD) you have to pay $2,000 extra in any trim. It goes up against other compact luxury sedans such as the Kia Stinger, Genesis G70, and Alfa Romeo Giulia.

2021 Infiniti Q50 Sedan front view
2021 Infiniti Q50 Sedan rear view

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

7.6/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition

7.1/10
Final Verdict


2021 Infiniti Q50 Features

The 2021 Infiniti Q50 is available in a total of 3 trims; Pure, Luxe, and Sensory. All the trims are powered by the same 300-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The base or the Pure trim is priced at $36,600 which makes the Q50 one of the cheapest options available in the market. It comes with features such as 7- and 8-inch touch screens, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. 

The Luxe trim starts at $41,700 and adds features such as a moonroof, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and much more. The newly added Sensory trim starts at $47,600 and adds upgraded leather upholstery, front sport seats, a 16-speaker Bose premium stereo, navigation, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and much more.

Model

Pure

Luxe

Sensory

MSRP RWD

$36,600

$41,700

$47,600

MSRP AWD

$38,600

$43,700

$49,600

Key Features

17-inch wheels

Adds to Pure

Adds to Luxe

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

18-inch Aluminium-Alloy wheels

Heated cushion and seat back for the front seats

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Air Conditioning

Infiniti radiant welcome lighting and ambient lighting

19-inch sport design wheels

 

Turn signal mirrors and DRLs

1st-row Sliding and Tilting Sunroof

Leather seats

 

Rain Sensing Wipers

Power Sliding Tinted Glass Moonroof

Parking Assist with front and rear parking sensors

 

Remote Keyless Entry

Homelink Transceiver system

Bose 16-speaker Audio system

 

Pre-collision safety system and Cruise Control

Electric Power steering

Sport design front and rear fascia

There are 2 optional packages on offer, the Seat and Sound package, and the Proactive package. The former costs $2,500 and adds features like a 16-speaker Bose premium audio system, driver's seat power lumbar adjustments, ambient interior lighting, and genuine leather upholstery. The latter costs $1,950 and adds lane keep assist, adaptive headlights, front pre-crash seat belts, an illuminated front grille emblem, and an electronic steer-by-wire system. 

Which Trim should you buy?

With the new update and more standard features, the Pure trim offers the best value for money. Coming at an MSRP of $36,600, it gets many modern-day features like the dual-screen setup, Wi-Fi hotspot, voice recognition, and forward automatic emergency braking. It also comes with an option of choosing between an RWD and an AWD just like the rest of the trims.

2021 Infiniti Q50 Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The standard Infiniti Q50 is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that adds a good grunt under the hood. It is capable of belting out 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This makes the Infiniti Q50, the most powerful car in its segment for the price. The throttle feels responsive and you get a push-back to feel if you floor it. 

2021 Infiniti Q50 Sedan in acceleration

It can handle the city traffic with ease and overtaking on the highway requires minimal effort. The engine is paired to a 7-Speed Automatic transmission which provides quick shifts. Further, you get an option between choosing an RWD or an AWD with all the trims. Overall, the 3L Turbocharged V6 unit is much ahead of the rivals in terms of performance and does not leave much room for complaint. 

Model

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

MSRP

$36,600

$32,900

$34,900

$38,195

Engine

3L Turbocharged V6

2L Turbocharged Inline-4

2L Turbocharged Inline-4

2L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic 

8-Speed Automatic 

8-Speed Automatic 

8-Speed Automatic 

Power

300 hp @ 6,400 rpm

255 hp @ 6,200 rpm

252 hp @ 6,200 rpm

280 hp @ 5,200 rpm

Torque

295 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm

260 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm

306 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

0-60 mph

5.4 secs

6.0 secs

5.9 secs

5.5 secs

Quarter-Mile 

13.8 secs

14.4 secs

14.3 secs

14.0 secs

Top Speed 

172 mph

157 mph

160 mph

162 mph

Even with the cheapest price tag, the Infiniti Q50 is the fastest car in its segment. It can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds which means it’s ahead of its rivals in terms of performance. The Alfa Romeo Giulia on the other hand is just 0.1 seconds slower than the Infiniti Q50. This is due to the fact that it is lighter and has more torque than the Q50.

How well does the 2021 Infiniti Q50 handle?

This is the section where the Q50 needs a lot of rework. While the engine feels quite athletic, all that power does not translate into a very fun-to-drive experience. The steering feels artificially weighted and offers minimal to no feedback. Hence, the feeling of the connection to the road is somewhere lost in translation. Moreover, the optional drive-by-wire steering setup called the Direct Adaptive Steering also fails to impress with its switchable modes.

In terms of the ride, the Q50's suspension has been tuned keeping in mind the performance figures of its engine. Thus, it is a bit on the stiffer side which means that the sharp bumps and shocks filter into the cabin. The body roll is very well contained and the well-cushioned seats do a good job of keeping you away from the aftershocks. Overall, the ride and handling package is a bit disappointing considering the capable powerplant that the car comes with.

2021 Infiniti Q50 Braking Performance

When it comes to braking, the heavier than average weight of the Infiniti Q50 means that it takes a bit longer to come to a halt. Infiniti has not provided a beefier brak setup even though the Q50 is the heaviest car in its class. Thus, even though it comes with grippy tires, the brakes feel overworked under emergency braking situations. However, the brake pedal offers good feedback and a progressive feel even under hard braking.

Model

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Front Brakes (in)

12.6

12.6

13.8

13

Rear Brakes (in)

12.1

12.4

12.2

12.5

60-0 MPH

169 ft

156 ft

134 ft

124 ft

Curb Weight (lbs)

3671

3649

3516

3521

Thanks to its lighter curb weight and bigger brakes, the Alfa Romeo Giulia offers the best braking prowess in its class. It is followed by the G70 which comes with the biggest brake rotors in its class. The Infiniti Q50 and the Kia Stinger come with smaller brake rotors even though they both are the heaviest cars here.

2021 Infiniti Q50 Fuel Economy

7.1/10

If you haven’t figured it out already, all that brisk performance comes at the cost of fuel economy. The Infiniti Q50 offers 20 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway, and a combined MPG figure of 23. These numbers are the lowest in the segment which means that the Q50 is not as pocket-friendly as some of its rivals. The poor fuel economy numbers can be attributed to the bigger engine and the heavier curb weight of the car.

Models

2021 Infiniti Q50

2020 Kia Stinger

2020 Genesis G70

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia

MPG (City)

20

22

22

24

MPG (Highway)

29

29

30

33

MPG (Combined)

23

25

25

27

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

20

15.9

15.8

15.3

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

400/580/460

349/461/398

347/474/395

367/504/413

The Alfa Romeo Giulia is the most fuel-efficient car you can get here. Thanks to its lighter curb weight and a smaller engine it takes the top spot here. With its largest fuel tank capacity, the Infiniti Q50 offers the best-in-class range which means fewer fuel stops.

2021 Infiniti Q50 Interior

7.6/10

Infiniti seems to have focused more on what’s under the hood rather than what’s inside the cabin. Thus, the interior of the Q50 fails to impress with its outdated interior design and below-average material quality. The dual-screen setup brings a feel of modernity into an otherwise plain and boring dashboard design. Most buttons and switchgear seem to have been carried over from cheaper Nissan cars. The leather-wrapped steering feels chunky to hold and the ergonomics are well sorted for the most part.

2021 Infiniti Q50 Sedan cockpit area

The legroom and the headroom in the front row seats remain above average but the rear seats offer below-average overall space. The seats offer excellent overall comfort and support for the rear as well as front passengers. Storage spaces on the inside are adequate but not surplus in terms of quantity. Additional features like remote start, a moonroof, a universal garage door opener, and ambient interior lighting help to enhance the overall premium appeal of the cabin.

Model

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.2/ 56.7/ 44.5

38.3/ 56.4/ 42.6

39.7/ 56.3/42.6

38.6/56.1/42.4

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

37.5/ 56.1/ 35.1

37.0/ 54.8/ 36.4

36.9/54.6/34.8

37.6/53.6/35.1

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

13.2

23.3

10.5

13.0

While the Infiniti Q50 is as large as any of its rivals, its cargo carrying capacity is not really up to the mark. With a cargo capacity of 13.2 cubic feet, it is capable of caring 2-3 carry-on suitcases. You can expand the overall capacity by folding the rear bench but it is not offered as standard. The Kia Stinger simply outclasses all its rivals when it comes to cargo capacity. Key Interior features include:

  • Two-zone Climate Control
  • Push Button Start
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Heated Rear Window with Timer
  • Moonroof
  • Front Seats w/Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar
  • 8-Way Power Driver Seat
  • Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Garage Door Transmitter
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Remote Keyless Entry

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Infiniti Q50 comes with a dual-screen setup to meet your infotainment needs. The screen at the top is an 8-inch unit while the lower half gets a 7-inch display. It gets features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with an in-built navigation system. It gives you the ability to choose the screen you prefer for operating any specific app. The screens feel responsive to touch and encountering a lag is not an everyday affair. However, the interface looks dated and can be updated through an over-the-air update.

2021 Infiniti Q50 Sedan infotainment screen

Key Infotainment features include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 
  • 7-inch and 8-inch dual infotainment touchscreen setup
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • HD radio
  • Bluetooth
  • In-built navigation
  • Two USB ports
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Available 16-speaker Bose premium stereo

2021 Infiniti Q50 Exterior

8.0/10

The Infiniti Q50 stands out in the segment with its bold and imposing looks. It comes out with a sporty appearance with its curvy lines and subtle design cues borrowed from the classic G35. At the front, the sharp and angular headlamps with a blacked-out grille make up for an aggressive look. From the side, the car looks quite proportionate with its subtle cuts and creases. The rear looks a bit plain with sleek headlamps and a multi-layered bumper. Overall, the Q50 manages to mask its outdated interior with a mature and contemporary exterior quite well.

2021 Infiniti Q50 Sedan 

Model

2021 Infiniti Q50

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,685

3,611

3,516

3,522

Length (in.)

189.6

190.2

184.4

182.8

Width (in.)

71.8

73.6

72.8

73.2

Height (in.)

57.2

55.1

55.1

56.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.0

N/A

5.1

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

112.2

114.4

111.6

111.0

In comparison, the Kia Stinger offers the best road presence with its longer wheelbase and larger overall dimensions. The Alfa Romeo Giulia on the other hand is the shortest car here. The Infiniti Q50 is the tallest car in its class. However, none of them can be called outdated in terms of looks and come with similar if not identical, exterior dimensions. Exterior features include:

  • 17” alloy wheels
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Fixed rear window w/ defroster
  • Speed sensitive rain detecting variable intermittent wipers
  • Trunk rear cargo access
  • LED brake lights
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Auto on/off projector-beam LED low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling
  • Front Fog Lamps

2021 Infiniti Q50 Safety

8.0/10

The 2021 model year adds more safety equipment as a standard to the Infiniti Q50. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the 2021 Q50 the highest rating of Good in all four crash tests conducted. Even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Infiniti Q50 five out of five stars rollover test. Overall safety ratings are yet to be revealed by the NHTSA. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Key Safety Features include:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Reverse automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • A surround-view parking camera system
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive headlights

2021 Infiniti Q50 Competition

9.0/10

2021 Infiniti Q50 vs 2021 Genesis G70

The 2021 Genesis G70 and the Infiniti Q50 have a lot in common including the cheap price tag. Both are priced considerably lower than their German counterparts. However, the G70 is overall a better car with its more upscale interior, better features like and excellent safety scores. The Q50 on the other hand gets a more powerful engine and beats the G70 in zero to 60 mph figures. Still, the G70 feels like a more refined product out of the two.

2021 Genesis G70

2021 Infiniti Q50 vs 2021 Kia Stinger

The 2021 Kia Stinger costs much cheaper than the Q50 in its base trim. For an unbeatable price tag, it offers a better ride and handling, more room on the inside, a bigger cargo area, and even a better infotainment system. Thus, it certainly is a more value-for-money product than the Infiniti Q50. However, in terms of straight-line acceleration, it is no match for the Q50’s excellent pulling power. Overall, the Stinger still wins the race with its cheaper price tag and a better interior.

2021 Kia Stinger

2021 Infiniti Q50 vs 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia brings a lot of exclusivity factors to the table. Also, it is the only car in this comparison that can actually match the performance levels of the Q50. While it is almost as quick as the Q50, it is much more fuel-efficient and gets a better gearbox. However its hefty price tag and not so luxurious interior hold it back from taking the top spot. It is a joy to drive but the Infiniti Q50 feels like a more value for money package out of the two.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

 

2021 Infiniti Q50 Final Verdict

7.1/10

The 2021 Infiniti Q50 is one of the cheapest entry-level luxury sedans you can get today. It offers an excellent range of powertrain options along with a mature styling. With its brisk acceleration figures and comfortable seating, it can accommodate 5 people on board without any issues. However, its outdated interior design, small boot space, mixed interior quality, and deft handling characteristics make it less desirable than most of its rivals.

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