We'll just come right out and say it: the Q50 might be behind only the Alfa Romeo Guilia when it comes to the best looking car in the segment, and the Hybrid trim is no exception. The stance is muscular and purposeful and the rear fender hips offer just enough sass to keep things interesting. Up front, the look is aggressive without resorting to the cliche ducts and grills which festoon the fronts of too many other sport sedan wannabes.
In Luxe trim, which is the only way in which you can get a Hybrid, additional styling elements include chrome accents and 18-wheels. Considering the Hybrid's purpose in life, we prefer this cosmetic look over gloss-black trimmings or other pseudo-sporty adornments.
Considering how handsome and well done the exterior of the Q50 Hybrid is, it's a shame the interior looks more five-and-dime than Nordstrom's. Take the switchgear, for instance: it seems as if the bean counters forced designers to swipe many of the switches and buttons from Altimas or Maximas. This apparent lack of quality manifests itself elsewhere as well, such as the door panels and dashboard. The whole cabin just doesn't exude the same sense of luxury that's on tap with many of the Q50's competitors.
This isn't to say there isn't any bright spots with the Q50 Hybrid's cabin. Everything is laid out logically, even if it's not the most aesthetic dashboard design out there. The two-screen infotainment system works well once you adjust to working with this tandem setup.
We'd also be remiss to not rave about the seats. These zero-gravity, NASA-inspired thrones are immensely comfortable, and should make a day on the road a non-event. Stuff the whole family in the Hybrid, and, once they all settle into those sumptuously comfortable seats, they'll find there's a lot of room to stretch out: 44.5 inches of leg room up front and 35.1 inches in back.