Infiniti Q50 2.0T

A genuinely sporty saloon

"The Q50 2.0T looks and feels expensive inside out"

"Affordable price"

"The 2.0T is best version of this car I've tried so far" said Issam

Last year, we laid our hands upon the new Infiniti Q50 V6. At that time, Infiniti launched it to replace the G-Series and we were really amazed by the striking design of the car. Although Infiniti is still a young automaker versus the German manufacturers, it is still trying to give itself a brand identity. It's not easy to reach that level.

Let me tell you a nice story happened to me.

A good friend of mine, Bernard, was in search of a midsize luxury sedan back in Lebanon. He gave me a call telling me that he was looking at the new Cadillac ATS. I told him that, as you know, taxes on vehicles in Lebanon are a bit high versus the GCC. Choosing an American, Japanese or even Korean car is the first choice of many Lebanese as they stand somewhere between medium society and high society.

His budget was around 40-50k on the road. He was also looking at the C180 from Mercedes, which was actually close to his budget. He was not a BMW or an Audi fan. So, he told me to look at the C200, which actually has the same specs as the ATS 4 cylinders, but higher price tag. I told him afterwards, why don't you have a look at the new Infiniti Q50 2.0T (which is lower in price versus the V6)? He replied that he hadn't even though about it. In conclusion, he got a better offer and acquired the Q50 2.0T!

Driving Impressions
The 2.0T part denotes the 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet. It comes with a 211hp, seven speed automatic gearbox and goes from standstill to 100 kph in 7.2 seconds. With the high amount of torque, the Q50 is swift yet hushed when cruising around. The Q50 rides pleasantly most of the time and feels agile when cornering. The Q50's steering wheel has no mechanical linkage to the wheels and tires, unlike pretty much every other vehicle on the road. In its place, Infiniti has developed direct adaptive steering which means that the driver's inputs at the wheel are digitally relayed to a motor that takes care of turning the road wheels. The normal driving mode is the Q50's best compromise, in my opinion.

Verdict
In fact, my principal impression of the Q50 2.0T was that it is the overall package and it's pricing is among the best with the Cadillac ATS. Infiniti Q50 2.0T is roomier than the Cadillac. Don't forget that German midsize sedans are always there, and the 3 Series still dominates this segment if you have the extra bucks to afford it!

One word: credibility
4 stars
Rivals: BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class, Lexus IS, Cadillac ATS
Pros: strong new turbocharged engine, smooth automatic gearbox, large trunk, low price of entry, excellent standard equipment levels, great fuel consumption
Cons: steering wheel not that engaging, feels a bit stiff on poor roads

Specs
2.0L Turbocharged, i4 cylinders, 208hp @ 5500rpm, 350Nm @ 1200-4000rpm
7 speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode, RWD
0-100 kph: 7.2 seconds, top speed: 245 kph, fuel consumption: 7.3L/100km
Weight: 1700 kg

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