In a segment that holds the likes of the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, putting together a mediocre product isn’t an option. Apparently though, Infiniti have nothing to worry about.
The 2019 QX50 is the best type of “all-new”. The only things it shares with its predecessor are its badge and its name, with everything else being completely different, bumper to bumper, inside and out.
Starting with the interior, the QX50 is not above showing off. All the materials are top notch (especially if you opt for the $2,000 Autograph package), and the overall design pleases the eye, according to the good folks at Kelley Blue Book.
Then there’s the fact that you can sit three adults in the back comfortably, with sufficient knee and headroom. As for cargo room, it’s more than acceptable thanks to the 31.4 cu.ft (889 liters) of volume with the rear seats vertical. Fold everything and you’ll be left with a massive 65.1 cu.ft (1,843 liters).
Is the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo engine really all that?
Much has been said about Infiniti’s 2.0-liter turbo petrol unit, which also happens to be the world’s first variable compression ratio engine. The ratio ranges from 8:1 to 14:1 and it enables the QX50 to offer the best of both worlds – high performance and strong fuel economy; at least on paper.
Power output is 272 PS (268 HP), while peak torque stands at 280 lb-ft (380 Nm). The engine is mated to an XTRONIC CVT, designed to mimic a traditional 8-speed automatic.
So what’s it like to drive then? Apparently, the power delivery is uneven, says the reviewer, who wasn’t a fan of the previously mentioned transmission. On a positive note though, the car is reasonably quick in a straight line, rides smoothly and quietly, and handles well. Overall, a strong showing by the Japanese automaker.