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MSRP: $37,150 - $45,450
Invoice: $34,550 - $42,269
MPG: 20 City / 30 Hwy
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Infiniti Q50 Interior

The 2015 Infiniti Q50’s interior earns praise from most auto writers for its sumptuous materials, tight construction and sleek styling. Critics also appreciate the Q50’s spacious, supportive front seats and quiet cabin. Some test drivers say the Q50’s infotainment system is excessively complicated, though others think that it’s easy to use.

  • "The interior features fine materials that compare favorably against other luxury cars in this class and there's enough visual interest to keep it looking fresh." -- Edmunds
  • "While some competitors -- namely, the BMW 3 series -- take a more Spartan, driver-focused approach with their sports sedans, Infiniti wraps the experience in more luxurious surroundings, offering supportive yet comfy seats along with high-quality surface treatments that defy its relatively approachable price." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "High-gloss maple wood trim or textured matte-finish metal complement the supple leather for a stylish and sophisticated interior. Everything looks and feels first class; Infiniti's attention to detail is evident in the padded surfaces, contrast stitching and expertly fitted panels." -- Cars.com (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 Infiniti Q50 seats five and comes with eight-way power-adjustable front seats and leatherette upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, sport seats and a driver’s seat with two memory settings. Test drivers write that the Q50’s front seats are spacious and very supportive, adding that the optional sport seats are particularly comfortable. Reviewers also like how quiet the Q50’s cabin is. Some auto writers say the back seat is roomy enough for 6-foot-tall passengers, but others don’t think there is enough headroom.

  • "Rear seats are roomy enough for taller adults in terms of head- and legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "Even taller drivers will find the front seat spacious. The bolstered front sport seats are abundantly comfortable - they're deep, wide and long, with a thigh extender for additional support." -- Cars.com (2014)
  • "Our tester's cream-colored cabin, accented by a black dash and dark maple trim, was comfortable and elegant, but six-footers in the rear seat brushed their noggins against the headliner." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "Infiniti says their engineers have worked to make the car quieter than it has ever been, and they succeeded." -- Jalopnik (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Infiniti Q50 include push-button start, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, two USB ports, an auxiliary audio input, a six-speaker sound system, satellite radio and Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system, which features an upper 8-inch touch screen and a lower 7-inch touch screen. Available features include a 14-speaker Bose sound system, navigation, a moonroof, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, active lane keep assist and Infiniti’s Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to give a 360-degree view around the vehicle when parking.

Some automotive journalists say the 2015 Q50’s feature-heavy InTouch infotainment system is complicated, noting that it may take time to figure out which screen controls which features. However, others think it’s user-friendly, with straightforward touch-screen menus and redundant climate and audio controls.

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  • "The two different displays -- one inset with an anti-reflective coating and the other mounted flush and glossy -- do look a little awkward together. Operation is also unintuitive, at least in the beginning, as users have to figure out which screen does what and both are prone to washing out in direct sunlight." -- Edmunds
  • "… some may be turned off by the overly-complex touch-screen controls and electronic driver assists. …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The lower screen, touch-operated only, presents a confusing array of programmable features and is where you can fine-tune the various driver-assistance systems." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
  • "The menu structures are intuitive and there's no need to panic about the loss of physical controls - most of the audio and climate buttons are still there if you want to opt out of the screens." --Cars.com (2014)

Cargo

The 2015 Infiniti Q50 has 13.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is normal for the class. The Q50 is available with 60/40 split-folding rear seats, which critics say easily fold flat. Cabin storage is decent in the Q50, according to reviewers, though they note that some rivals have larger cargo bins and cup holders.

  • "Interior pockets, bins and cupholders are adequately sized to stow your personal effects, but they're not as generous as those of a few rivals." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk volume is unchanged, at 13.5 cubic feet, and the rear seatbacks easily fold forward to create a nearly flat surface." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)
Review Last Updated: 12/3/14

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