I worried about the new Q50 for three reasons:
the name change did not sit well with me, at first
the styling seemed … confused as well
the steer-by-wire system’s early announcement freaked me out, because I actually drove a 2003 Q45 briefly (years ago, third-gen car with Gatling-gun HIDs) that had a
n appallingly-bad electronic throttle.
The third-gen Q45’s throttle had two settings: no forward movement for first two inches of toe-tip, then a huge, huge over-surge that confused the transmission as you immediately backed off the throttle.
Anyone know the big lurch I am referring to with old automatics? It basically heaves and feels very unhappy with this floored/no throttle driving style that is so common in traffic.
The dealer was able to alter the Q45’s e-throttle settings, but it was never very truthful or authentic — even after the tweaks.
So, were my big three worries from above justified?
Perhaps, but all solved one by one — via just 20 minutes of road test time in the 4.9s-to-60-mph 2014 Q50S AWD Hybrid.
Name change is nice after some time, because all Infiniti’s can now be casually called “the Q” by owners. Which is great.
Styling really cleans up in person as well, with a chunky jaw-line and exceptionally-well-executed surfacing.
LED fogs, blinkers and high-beams are a nice surprise. Unsure if the low-beams are LED or HID, but they all have the same shade of color. Which is not easy to do without using all-LED, all-HID or all-halogen lighting.
Nope. The steer-by-wire is amazing! I really liked it. Honestly. Good feel, great heavy weighting.
Adjustable weight and responsiveness — but.. in a good way. Ahem.