Though compact luxury crossovers are taking over the top sales spots once held by sport sedans, INFINITI is keeping at it with the Q50. This compact luxury sports sedan gained a refreshed look in 2018 and continues into 2019 with a pared-down lineup. Is this performance-ready luxury sedan good enough to take the place of a BMW in your driveway? Keep reading to find out.

Best Value

The 2019 INFINITI Q50 comes in four trims that range from warm to scalding hot: the 2.0t Pure, 3.0t Luxe, 3.0t Sport, and Red Sport 400. If you can forgo the hot V6 options and stick with the base turbocharged four-cylinder model, it will reward you with a good value.

The Q50 2.0t Pure comes standard with 17-inch wheels, LED headlights, leatherette upholstery, power front seats, a dual-touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, two USB ports, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, a six-speaker audio system, voice recognition, and more.

  • Model: 2019 INFINITI Q50 2.0t Pure
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 208 hp / 258 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Seven-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: 23 City / 30 Hwy
  • Options: N/A
  • Base Price:$36,545 (including the $995 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$36,545

Performance

INFINITI Q50

The standard four-cylinder engine’s 208 horsepower is plenty for most buyers and lines up nicely against the BMW 3-Series’ base offering. Those thirsting for more power will find a sweet oasis in the V6-powered models, as the 300-hp Luxe and Sport and the 400-hp Red Sport trims are intoxicating. The Sport and Red Sport models add to the package with their standard adaptive dampers, but even the standard suspension delivers ample comfort and performance.

The optional electronic power steering may sound enticing, but this system turns this hot compact sedan into a video-game-like experience. It disconnects the driver from the road and delivers obviously fake feedback.

Style

The 2019 INFINITI Q50’s exterior styling is among the best in its class. It's unique, refreshing, and announces this is a legit performance sedan with its sharply creased hood and large rear wheel haunches. There’s even chrome trim on the Pure and Luxe models, and black trim on the Sport and Red Sport models to help set them apart.

Inside, the great looks carry on with a thin-rimmed steering wheel, quilted leather seats, and premium stitching that gives its luxurious competitors a run for their money. Plus, its Zero Gravity seats are among the most comfortable in the class.

The cabin is mucked up a bit by a dual-screen infotainment system that takes up too much prime real estate in the center stack. Plus, the Q50’s rear head room is a little tight for taller passengers.

The Best and Worst Things

The Q50’s potent range of engines easily match its sporty looks, giving buyers a lot of bang for their buck.

Inside, that dual-screen infotainment system is finicky and distracting. It’s time to replace it with a smaller system that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Right For? Wrong For?

Infiniit Q50

The INFINITI Q50 is perfect for buyers who don’t want to be like every other luxury car buyer and settle for a BMW or Mercedes-Benz. It’s also great for buyers on a tighter budget but don’t want to sacrifice quality or luxury.

Buyers who crave M or AMG power and have the budget to support these potent rigs will notice the V6-powered Q50’s are no match.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 INFINITI Q50 is the perfect alternative to the BMW and Mercedes models filling parking garages. It stands out in a crowd, has loads of performance options, and helps keep your budget in check.