Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - October 26, 2018


Compact luxury sedans are the enticement manufacturers use to woo buyers to a brand. The 2019 INFINITI Q50 is no exception, a five-passenger conveyance with an appealing starting price and a roster of performance choices to go with it. For the shrinking number of new vehicle shoppers not considering a crossover, the Q50 brings style, performance, and value front and center.

What's New for 2019

One year removed from a significant update, the 2019 INFINITI Q50 returns with some changes. Forward collision warning and forward automatic emergency braking are now standard. INFINITI also streamlined its model line by offering Q50 2.0t PURE and PURE AWD models with the base engine. The available INFINITI Q50 3.0t comes in rear- or all-wheel drive and LUXE, SPORT, and RED SPORT 400 grade levels. The 3.0t SPORT now has the Essential, Performance, ProASSIST and Sensory Packages as standard. Previously, these features were optional.


Choosing Your INFINITI Q50

You have a choice of two engines and three performance levels with the 2019 INFINITI Q50. All-wheel drive is available across the model line, though rear-wheel drive is standard.

The standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 combined. Choose all-wheel drive and those numbers slip slightly to 22/28/24 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Also available is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. This model makes 20/29/23 mpg; choose all-wheel drive and those numbers slip slightly to 19/27/22 mpg. An enhanced version of this V6 engine has an output of 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

A seven-speed automatic transmission with a sport mode and downshift rev matching works with each engine choice.

The list of standard features is impressive with the 2019 Q50. LED lighting, fog lights, heated side mirrors, and aluminum-alloy wheels set within run-flat tires chart the exterior features. Inside, you’ll find power front seats, imitation leather seats, dual-zone climate control, and navigation wrapped with an audio package.


The standard Q50 PURE model starts at $36,545 (all prices include the $995 destination fee), while all-wheel drive is $2,000. This model has the base engine and comes with 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels along with run-flat tires. The imitation leather trim is dressed in black. A six-speaker audio system includes a CD player and satellite radio. You’ll also find two display system screens – an eight-inch upper and seven-inch lower – highlighting the center console. Besides a rearview monitor, this model comes with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. There are no packages available with this trim.


Starting at $39,295, the Q50 LUXE brings tremendous value to the segment, beginning with its potent V6 engine. It has 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a power-sliding moonroof, maple wood interior trim, and Homelink. Two available package choices permit further customization.

An Essential Package ($2,650) includes voice-activated navigation, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, power lumbar support for the driver, a 60/40-split fold-down rear seat with a pass-thru, and remote engine start. The ProAssist Package ($1,650) adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, backup collision intervention, front and rear sonar, and a surround-view camera system.


Building on the LUXE trim, the Q50 SPORT starts at $48,945. This model brings in sport-design front and rear fascias, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, leather-appointed sport seats with manual thigh extension, and a Bose 16-speaker audio system. INFINITI also adds backup collision intervention and predictive forward collision warning.

Shoppers have a choice of one package with the SPORT. The Proactive Package ($2,700) brings direct adaptive steering, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and auto-leveling headlights, high-beam assist, front pre-cash seat belts, and an eco pedal.


Some like it hot and the RED SPORT 400 doesn't disappoint. Starting at $51,995, this model builds on the SPORT and adds the enhanced V6 engine with 400 hp, 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, aluminum sport pedals, unique dark chrome interior accents with RED SPORT paddle shifters, and semi-aluminum quilted leather seats.

Available packages include the Proactive (still $2,700) and Sensory Packages. The Sensory Package ($2,650) adds automatic dimming side mirrors with tilt-down feature, a surround sound audio system, illuminated kick plates, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, enhanced ambient lighting, and an advanced climate control system with automatic air recirculation.

CarsDirect Tip

The RED SPORT 400 is a blast and a formidable competitor to Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. The 2019 INFINITI Q50 LUXE model strikes a balance between cost and performance. With the two package options selected, your final prices still checks in below $43,600.

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