AT the same time we were writing this review, INFINITI announced its withdrawal from the Australian market at the end of 2020. With that sad news in mind, the 2019 INFINITI Q50 2.0T Pure is one of the things we’re going to miss.
The Q50 is INFINITI’s luxury sports sedan and the 2.0T Pure is the entry point. Powered by a, you guessed it, 2.0-litre turbo engine, it produces 155kW of power and 350Nm of torque.
Attached to a 7-speed automatic transmission, the Q50 completes the 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.2 seconds. On the road, the engine and transmission give a smooth and refined driving experience.
Power delivery is supremely linear and gear changes are equally as smooth. This translates to a car that doesn’t feel fast, but doesn’t feel slow either.
It’s enough power for some enjoyment, but not enough that it’s going to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.
With a combined fuel consumption figure of 7.2-litres/100km, it is efficient for a 4-door sedan, and when combined with a possible range exceeding 1100km, you won’t be spending most of your time at the fuel bowser.
Styling is sleek and refined, with smooth flowing lines giving the impression of a more coupe like silhouette, rather than one of a sedan.
Chrome accents and elegant 18-inch wheels present a sophisticated nature, rather than a sporting one (leave that for the Q50 Red Sport).
LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights and high beam assist give great visibility to the driver at night, while LED turn signals and taillights will also mean you are clearly seen by other motorists.
The driving experience could well be described as luxurious, which, thanks to the linear power delivery and silky-smooth gear changes, is effortless and mostly composed.
Interior acoustics are well managed and harsh noises or vibrations are a rare occurrence. The ride is communicative and subtle at the same time thanks to the Q50’s direct adaptive steering.
If your enthusiasm calls for it, the Q50 is balanced and responsive when needed, or if calm and sedate is your order of the day, then the Q50 will deliver a smooth ride to your destination.
The well appointed interior once again gives a feeling of sophistication and luxury, with leather the order of the day, with comfortable leather seats, a leather wrapped steering wheel and leather accents throughout; on the door cards, dashboard and centre console.
Craftsmanship and ergonomics are purposeful and provide an interior that maximises space and gives a feeling of comfort and safety. White double stitching and welcome lighting all add to that INFINITI style that gives you a feeling of something special.
INFINITI take things next level when it comes to detail. The gauges in the instrument cluster are clear, bright and reminiscent of a finely crafted timepiece. The switch gear is precisely engineered to give a consistent feel and touch throughout the cabin.
And finally, a special herringbone weave used in the seat belts make them 20 per cent softer than traditional fabrics. These little touches all add to the INFINITI experience.
Elsewhere in the cabin, the INFINITI InTouch system dominates the centre console with its dual screen layout, and enables you to control almost everything in the one location, including navigation and SUNA traffic updates.
Interaction with the top screen is through steering wheel mounted controls, the touch screen itself, or the centre mounted INFINITI controller. Predominantly for driving data and navigation, the graphics and presentation feel a little dated.
It is functional and does the intended job, but it isn’t ‘pretty’. What is excellent though is the Bose Performance Series audio system. Sixteen speakers with advanced staging technology deliver your favourite tunes with superb clarity and beautiful surround sound.
Audio Pilot 2.0 Dynamic Noise Cancellation Technology adapts to what is happening outside the car and adjusts levels accordingly, so that your listening experience is consistent and not interrupted by harsh roads or rain.
Unfortunately, the Q50 is placed in one of the most competitive segments and you’ll understand why when you look at what it is up against; the BMW 3 Series, Audi’s A4, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Lexus IS. Need we say more.
While it does put up a good fight in terms of price, it ultimately falls a bit short in most areas of comparison. The one exception is price, thanks to the INFINITI withdrawal from the local market.
If you want a Q50, you can grab yourself an absolute bargan, with this model previously tipping the till at around $60k. The current advertised drive away price is $41,888. However, a quick online search will find this price under $37,000 drive away.
Whichever way you look at it, that is very little money for a hell of a lot of car. If you’re in the market for a luxury sedan, now might be the time to make the jump to take advantage of these savings and check out the 2019 INFINITI Q50 2.0T Pure for yourself.
While the Q50 may not have stacked up too well against its competitors at that original pricing, at this reduced price, you almost can’t go past it, especially given INFINITI have committed to providing after sales service, maintenance and warranty repairs.
The details of how this arrangement will work is still to be confirmed, but we presume it would be through Nissan dealerships and service centres. Either way, go and check one out for yourself before they are all gone.
Our test vehicle was provided by INFINITI Cars Australia. To find out more about the 2019 INFINITI Q50 2.0T Pure, contact your local INFINITI dealer.