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2017 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Sedan

2017 MODEL

$47,800 - $49,800

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Overview

A few years ago, it was unfathomable for a Japanese luxury hybrid car to even compete in the segment where the Germans had a strong foothold. All that changed after the onset of Infiniti. The Infiniti G37 came and announced the arrival of the Japanese in a spectacular fashion. In 2017, the spiritual successor to the G37, the all-new 2017 Infiniti Q50 hybrid has arrived to take the game a notch higher.

The design scheme of the car features a charismatic yet sober flare to it. The front fascia has a mean and aggressive look that embodies the overall design really well. There are sharp lines scattered everywhere along the body which enhance the already sporty character of the car.

The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid breaks the ‘hybrids are boring’ stereotype quite effectively. The car features a direct response hybrid system which allows the car to maintain its opulence even while being pushed to the edge. The Germans need to watch out for the Q50 because it is going to give them a run for their money.

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Pros

Stylish exterior design

Strong performing V6 engine

Lots of high tech features as standard

Cons

Aging interior

Stiff suspension setup

Small boot

What's New?

Advanced control system

A 16-speaker Bose premium audio system

3 exterior colors: Dynamic Sunstone Red, Midnight Black, and Pure White


Features

Power

258 hp

360 torq

MPG

27 city

32 hwy

Engine

v6 cyl

3.5 disp

transmission

7 Speed automatic

0 to 60

4.9



Styles

 2017 Infiniti Q50 hybrid Sedan in Majestic White color  2017 Infiniti Q50 hybrid Sedan in Midnight Black color  2017 Infiniti Q50 hybrid Sedan in Hagane Blue color  2017 Infiniti Q50 hybrid Sedan in Graphite Blue color  2017 Infiniti Q50 hybrid Sedan in Black Obsidian color
Majestic 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

Exterior

8.5

Engine

7.8

Interior

7.8

Fuel Economy

7.0

Features

7.8

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Infiniti Q50 hybrid Sedan Hybrid Premium

Hybrid Premium

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$47,800 - $49,800

Configurations
Hybrid Premium 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7A)
Seating: 5 HP: 302-hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 5000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (27/29/32)
Hybrid Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7A)
Seating: 5 HP: 302-hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 5000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (26/28/30)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 18 days ago

7.8

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Features

 

7.8/10
Engine

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.8/10
Interior

 

8.5/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid breaks the ‘hybrids are boring’ stereotype quite effectively. The car features a direct response hybrid system which allows the car to maintain its opulence even while being pushed to the edge. The Germans need to watch out for the Q50 because it is going to give them a run for their money.

Features

7.8/10

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid comes in a single well-loaded trim. A powerful 3.5L V6 working in synergy with an electric motor coupled with a 7-speed automatic provides a stern yet supple ride. Premium features such as Bose Performance Audio System, Audio Pilot 2.0 Noise cancellation and LED brake lights and much more come as standard on the car. The range for the car starts at an MSRP of $47,800.

Trim

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

MSRP

$47,800

Key

Features

LED rear brake lights and center high-mounted stoplight (CHMSL)

Automatic on/off LED headlights with Daytime Running Lights and front LED fog lights

Bose Performance Series Audio System with Advanced Staging Technology

Centerpoint 2.0 Surround, AudioPilot 2.0 Noise Compensation, 16 speakers

AM/FM High-Definition (HD) radio, CD player with MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS) and speed-sensitive volume control

We Recommend

The Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Premium is the sole trim available. The model has certainly impressed us with its power and fuel economy. We were quite unimpressed with the predecessor but the recent improvements made by the carmaker are quite applaudable. 

Engine

7.8/10
“On electric power alone, the Q50 Hybrid can set off and travel on certain downhill grades, but under most conditions the hybrid system works with the gas engine and gets mileage of 28 mpg city/34 highway. The Q50's ride has been noted as relatively hard, and indeed too harsh for a quiet luxury car.”- cargurus

Engine and Transmission

Powering the Q50 Hybrid is a 3.5L V6 gas burner and an electric motor combo that is good for producing 258 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque. The engine is then paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission that is one of the smoothest in business. A strong push of the gas pedal sees the rev counter touching the red line in a jiffy.

In comparison, the Merc C350e is the most powerful car in the segment followed by the Q50. The Infiniti Q50 however, is the most expensive car amongst its rivals.

Models

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

MSRP

$47,800

$44,100

$46,400

Engine

3.5L V6

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

Transmission

7 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

7 Speed automatic

Horsepower

258 hp@5000rpm

247 hp@5000rpm

275 hp@5550rpm

Torque

360 ft-lbs@6800rpm

310 ft-lbs

443 ft-lbs@1200rpm

Acceleration

There is no denying that the Q50 Hybrid pulls from the start line as if there’s no tomorrow. The real world power of the car really accent its sporty exterior. The car does a 0-60 mph run in 4.9 seconds and goes on to complete a quarter of a mile in 13.4 seconds.

In comparison, the Q50 SEDAN smokes the competition by posting times at least a second faster than any other rival both at 0-60 mph runs and quarter of a mile runs.

Models

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

5.8 sec

5.9 sec

Quarter mile

13.4 sec

14.2 sec

14.3 sec

Engine

3.5L V6

2.0L i4

2.0L i4

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.1

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

The ride and handling on the compact SEDAN come as a surprise since the car handles like a much smaller car than it actually is in reality. This allows the car to approach corners at fairly high speed.

The positive feedback from the steering and ample amounts of grip inspire great confidence and allow the driver to push the car to its limit safely. However, the extra weight from the battery pack does hamper the rideability of the car to a certain extent.

Braking

The brakes on the C-SEDAN feature a 12.6-inch rotor on the front and a 12.1-inch rotor on the rear. The brakes might seem good enough on paper but the brakes pedals are a real letdown. They are a bit too spongy and go against the sporty character of the car.

Amongst rivals, the Mercedes Benz C 350e posts the strongest 60-0 mph distance of 113 ft and not too far behind is the Infiniti Q 50 at 115 ft.

Model

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.3

13

Brake Rear (in.)

12.1

11.8

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3999

3900

3924

60-0 MPH (ft.)

115

N/A

113

Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Savings on the fuel is a big part of buying any Hybrid car. The 2017 Q50 delivers on its promise and returns a modest fuel economy of 29 mpg combined. In comparison with rivals, it acquires the bottom spot.

The BMW 330e performance returns an unbeatable 50 mpg combined and no other rivals come even remotely close to it.

Model

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

MPG (city)

27

45

N/A

MPG (highway)

32

61

N/A

MPG (combined)

29

50

30

Interior

7.8/10
“The Q50 offers a good balance of luxury and sport, and the interior reflects that. The materials’ quality and fit and finish are very good, and the design is a smart mix of precision and luxury.”- Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

The seating and comfort levels on the Q50 allow it to give tough competition to its rivals. The car features seating for up to 5 occupants. The seats are draped in leather and offer optimum amount of thigh support and padding. The colored stitching on the seats further adds to the overall appeal of the car.

The BMW 330e iPerformance is the most spacious car in the segment both in the front and he rear. The 2nd in line is the Infiniti Q50 while the Mercedes Benz C 350e is the gatekeeper.

Model

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.5/56.7/44.5

40.3/55.1/42.0

37.1/55.3/41.7

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.8/56.1/35.1

37.7/55.1/35.1

37.1/55.5/35.2

Infotainment

The infotainment setup on the compact SEDAN features a dual screen setup. The screens are mounted one on top of the other on the dashtop. The upper screen is 8 inch in size while the lower one is 7 inch in size. The overall setup feels a little dated when compared with rivals. The response times are modest, to say the least. The system does require a little getting used to in order to be used efficiently.

Interior Features

Some of the key Interior features on the 2017 Infiniti Q50 include

  • Dual screens
  • Multi-functional steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • 8 way adjustable seats

Cargo volume

Since the Hybrid SEDAN features a set of batteries in the rear, the boot size gets compromised to a big extent. In hybrid avatar, the Q50 has only 9.4 cube.feet of cargo volume in its boot. The boot might be small but it is ergonomic and loading and unloading can be done with relative ease.

The BMW 330e iPerformance is the smallest car in the segment but still features the biggest boot at 13 cube.feet in the segment. The Mercedes Benz C 350e comes in at a second with 11.8 cube.feet of cargo volume.

Model

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

9.4

13

11.8

Exterior

8.5/10
“If you are familiar with the looks of the Q50, you'll instantly recognize the 2017 model. It looks basically the same as it did last year, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The Q50 stands out because of its beautiful curvy sheetmetal and bold front grille.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The overall exterior styling of the Infiniti Q50 makes it one of the most good looking sedans in the segment. The curb of 3999 lbs makes it the heaviest car in the segment. With a length of 188.3 inches, it is also the longest car in the segment. Due to sloping roofline, the height of 56.8 inches does cramp up headroom to an extent.

Amongst rivals, the Mercedes Benz is the tallest and widest car in the segment. The BMW 330e Performance on the other hand is the smallest car in the segment.

Model

Infiniti Q50 Premium 4dr

BMW 330e iPerformance 4dr

Mercedes Benz C 350e 4dr

Curb weight (lbs.)

3999

3900

3924

Length(in)

188.3

182.8

184.5

Width(in)

71.8

71.3

72.1

Height(in)

56.8

56.3

56.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

5.5

4.8

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

110.6

111.4

Track width (in) F/R

59.8/60.2

60.8/62.3

61.6/60.8

Exterior Features

Some of the key exterior features of the 2017 Infiniti Q50 are

  • Hexagonal front grill
  • LED brake lights
  • Projector headlamps
  • Sunroof

Safety

The Infiniti Q50 has been crash tested by major agencies but one can expect the structural integrity of the vehicle to be as good as the rivals in the segment. However, the NHTSA and IIHS have not provided the safety rating for this car yet.

The car also features advanced safety features such as the advanced airbags system which includes dual-stage airbags. There is also room to setup compatible child restraint seats.

  • Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW)
  • Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Backup Collision Intervention (BCI)
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
  • Forward Emergency Braking (FEB)
  • INFINITI Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection

Competition

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid VS BMW 330e iPerformance

The BMW 330e IPerformance was one of the very first cars to take enjoy the spoils of a Hybrid powertrain. Even at present times, the Bimmer is still the car to lookout for when it comes to entry-level luxury hybrid vehicles. The car is spacious, features good ol’ solid German interior and returns a phenomenal gas mileage.

But, the car is plain jane to look at, exclusivity is not its strongest suit and it is just not sporty enough to be enjoyed thoroughly on open stretches.

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid VS Mercedes Benz C 350e

Another big German, the Merc Benz C 350e has set the benchmark when it comes to luxury since ages. Staying true to its tradition, the C350e is beautiful and surprisingly comfortable from the inside while the outside sports a soberer and business-like look.

The car quite clearly lays more emphasis on comfort than it does on sportiness which where it loses out big time. Yet again, there a number of similar looking Mercedes vehicles on the road to allow the C 350e to be any bit exclusive.

Final Verdict

The Hybrid sedan makes for a great alternative to the boring looking German sedans that rule the segment at present. There are very cars in the segment that blend in luxury and sportiness, as well as the Q50 Hybrid, does.

Sure, it is no sports car but it captures the essence of one very efficiently. The interior of the vehicle might be a little date but there are certainly no compromises on the quality front. If you want a vehicle that is different from the ordinary sedans and handles well, the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid makes for a great option.

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