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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
the touch-screens' response time was sometimes sluggish and their actions delayed, though I was told it was a preproduction glitch
The lower screen, touch-operated only, presents a confusing array of programmable features and is where you can fine-tune the various driver-assistance systems.
The system crashed twice on each car we tested, once in spectacular fashion.
the Q50 Hybrid Premium and Sport models offer a Deluxe Technology package. It bundles the features from the Deluxe Touring and Technology packages.
This mixture of physical switchgear and app-like touchscreen menus strikes us as a better compromise than something like Cadillac CUE, though both system's screens are prone to excessive fingerprints.
There are a total five core packages for the Q50 lineup, each offered in either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive: Infiniti Q50 3.7, Premium, and Hybrid Premium, then also the Q50 S 3.7 and Q50S Hybrid. Premium models add heated front seats, a power moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage-door opener, and a Bose Centerpoint surround-sound premium audio system. Hybrid models add leather seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a sport suspension, and Direct Adaptive Steering. And at the top of the lineup, the Q50S models add sport seats with thigh extensions, leather upholstery, aluminum pedals, magnesium paddle-shifters, Sport 19-inch aluminum wheels, summer performance run-flat tires, upgraded brakes, a sport front bumper, and the sport suspension (for 3.7 models, as all Hybrids otherwise get it).
Options are lumped into a few large packages. The Deluxe Touring Package (for $3,100) adds Direct Adaptive Steering plus a power-adjusting steering wheel, memory settings, real wood trim, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, and an Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.
The Technology Package adds to that Predictive Forward Collision, Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control (full speed range), Forward Collision Warning, Distance Control Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Active Lane Control, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention, High Beam Assist, Adaptive Front Lighting, Backup Collision Intervention, and the Eco Pedal.
Separately a Deluxe Technology Package combines those two packages except for (on 3.7 models) the Direct Adaptive Steering, power-adjustable steering wheel, and split-folding rear seat.
Yet another new feature in the Q50 is Infiniti Connection—a security- and concierge-related telematics service that has a companion smartphone app and provides remote monitoring (for teen drivers, for example), SOS call and collision notification, and a personal assistant service.
As for the Infiniti InTouch system that comes with a lower seven-inch touch screen and an upper eight-inch one, we saw a big gap between intent and execution, at least in the early pre-production cars we sampled (lagginess and some lockups were an issue in those). The upper screen can also be controlled via a slightly different version of Infiniti’s rotary/button controller, while the lower screen is a touch screen, intended more for media controls. Infiniti has made many of the controls in the Q50 redundant; although some convenience features, like the heated steering wheel, require going into a proper screen.
Promising new infotainment, world-first technology options, and plenty of luxury comfort and convenience items make the 2014 Infiniti Q50 a features standout.