Consumer Reports took the new Infiniti QX50 out and immediately found a few problems with it, with one of the most annoying ones being the way it corners.
The reviewer found the steering to be light, lacking feeling and precision. Also, the fact that there is quite a lot of body lean on the track doesn’t help the premium compact SUV either.
Next comes the new four-pot, which promises the power of a V6 and the fuel economy of a four-cylinder. However, that’s not quite the case, as it may perform satisfactory in straight line accelerations, but it’s not on par with the competition.
Adding not one, but two infotainment screens inside may be refreshing for gadget freaks, but the truth is that having two displays is very confusing. Infiniti chose to use the lower one mainly for the climate and audio settings, and the top one for the phone and navigation functions. These can be operated via the touchscreen function, or the rotary knob located between the seats.
On the plus side, the cabin of the all-new QX50 is very quiet and cozy. It gets lots of soft touch materials and leather upholstery, and that’s a big plus for Infiniti’s SUV.
Visibility is not that great, though, as the lower part of the A-pillars makes it hard to see potential obstacles, and the sloping roofline at the back will make drivers rely on the 360-degree camera system when maneuvering in tight spaces.
Pricing for the 2019 QX50 starts at $36,550. Adding some optional features, such as the head-up display, adaptive cruise control, steering assist, lane departure warning and other systems will increase that considerably, though – CR’s test car, for example, comes at a hefty $51,380.