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Infiniti wants us to take them seriously as a luxury marquee, they want to compete for the big boy bucks with the likes of BMW, Audi and Mercedes. One of the hottest segments at this time is the small SUV/CUV segment. I've always seen Infiniti as a peripheral luxury brand on par with Cadillac, and a step above Lincoln and Buick.

How does the QX50 hold up against the cream of the luxury CUV crop? To find out i compared it side by side with the BMW x3, Range Rover Evoque, Audi Q5 and Mercedes' GLK.

QX50:



X3:



Evoque:



Q5:



GLK:



The three Germans bring typical sexless, sterile German styling, they replaced emotion with efficiency. To me the Evoque has the most attractive styling, with its rakish lines and wheels pushed to the corners it looks like an awesome little power wagon, just dont try any mudding with those lo-pros. By default the QX50 lands in second place, its curvy design is reminiscent of a pretty girls coke bottle waist, although the design is getting a little long in the tooth. I cant wait to see a QX50 refresh/redesign featuring Q50 design lines...


MSRP from Base

QX50: $34,400
X3: $39,600
Evoque: $42,040
Q5: $37,300
GLK: $37,480

The QX50 received a $2,500 price cut from last year’s EX. The decision was a good one considering last year the EX was priced at $36,900 and that’s only a short hop from Q5 or GLK, I believe Infiniti gave the QX50 a price cut as an incentive to draw shoppers in over the marquee brands. The QX50 is also the only competitor to come standard FWD. Evoque, Q5 and X3 come with standard AWD while the GLK comes with RWD. The Evoque is the priciest of the list, however the Evoque comes jammed with standard off road features the other 4 can only dream about.

Standard Features

QX50:

  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Integrated front fog lights
  • LED rear brake lights and center high-mounted stoplight
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control system
  • Power adjustable, heated outside mirrors with courtesy light under driver's mirror
  • Leather-appointed seating
  • 8-way power driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support
  • 4-way power front-passenger's seat
  • 6-speaker audio system, including AM/FM/CD with MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS) and speed-sensitive volume control
  • Single in-dash CD/DVD player
  • USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription
  • Illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Infiniti Controller for audio, climate control, fuel economy, maintenance, and comfort and convenience features
  • 7-inch color vehicle information display
  • Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) - includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant-classification sensor. Air bag inflation rate is adjusted depending on crash severity and seat belt usage. If the front-passenger's seat is empty, a sensor will deactivate the air bag
  • Driver and front-passenger side-impact supplemental air bags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection
  • Front-seat Active Head Restraints (AHR)
  • 3-point height-adjustable front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters, driver's seat Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) and passenger's seat ELR and Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR)
  • Second-row 3-point seat belts with ELR and ALR
  • Zone Body construction with reinforced passenger compartment and front and rear crumple zones.
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) helps simplify proper installation of compatible child restraint seats.
  • Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • 4-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

Full option/features list here

X3:

  • Auto Start-Stop function
  • xDrive all-wheel-drive system
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Drying, Brake Stand-by, Start-off Assistant and Brake Fade Compensation
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
  • Brake Energy Regeneration
  • 4-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes with Dynamic Brake Control
  • 8-way power adjustable front seats with 2-way manual headrests, and driver’s-seat and mirror memory
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Automatic climate control with micro-filter and air recirculation
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel column
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers with Automatic headlight control
  • Power tailgate
  • BMW Universal garage-door opener
  • Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free calling
  • USB audio connection
  • iDrive system with on-board computer and Controller, and 8 programmable memory buttons
  • AM/FM stereo/CD/MP3 audio system with 12 speakers, 205-watt digital amplifier, Radio Data System (RDS),
  • Auto-Store, 3-channel FM diversity antenna system and auxiliary audio input adapter compatible with portable music players
  • HD Radio with “multicast” FM station reception
  • Driver’s and passenger’s front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology
  • Front-door-mounted side-impact airbags
  • BMW’s Advanced Safety System for integrated deployment of passive and active safety features
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts
  • BMW Assist eCall™ includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Automatic Collision Notification

Full option/features list here

Evoque:

  • Automatic climate control with air filtration and air quality sensing for automatic recirculation
  • auto dimming rearview mirror
  • Interior mood lighting
  • footwell, glovebox and load compartment illumination
  • oxford leather steering wheel
  • terrain response
  • hill start assist
  • hill descent control
  • ABS
  • drive select with paddle shift sport mode
  • roll stability control
  • knee airbags
  • side curtain airbags
  • thorax airbags
  • Power tailgate
  • front and rear park aid
  • rear view camera
  • 8 inch hi-res touchscreen
  • audio connectivity
  • bluetooth ans streamed audio connectivity
  • 380 watt Meridian Soud system features 11 speakers including subwoofer
  • USB connectivity x2

Full option/features list here

Q5:

  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Four-spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • Tilt and telescopic manually adjustable steering column
  • Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, front thorax side airbags and Sideguard® head curtain airbags2
  • Front passenger occupant detection—for airbags
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD) and brake assist
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Off-road mode and traction control (ASR)
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Eight-way power front seats and four-way power lumbar adjustment for driver
  • Audi concert radio with ten speakers and single CD player with MP3 playback capability
  • Driver information system
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 90-day trial subscription3
  • Cruise control with coast, resume and accelerate features
  • Audi music interface with iPod® integration
  • BLUETOOTH® wireless technology preparation for mobile phone
  • Garage door opener (HomeLink®)
  • Rain/light sensor for automatic windshield wipers and headlights
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Power-adjustable, heated exterior side mirrors
  • Front and rear fog lights
  • Aluminum roof rails
  • LED turn indicator lights in the side mirrors
  • Heated windshield washer nozzles

Full option/features list here

GLK:

  • ECO start/stop system
  • shift paddles
  • AGILITY CONTROL suspension
  • LED DRLs
  • 11 way air bag protection
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • NECK-PRO front head restraints
  • mbrace2 technology
  • Adaptive braking
  • Brake Assist
  • ABS
  • Electronic Stability
  • Rain sensing windshield wipers
  • Trailer Stability Assist
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • 14 way power driver seat with memory
  • brake HOLD technology
  • Garage door connectivity
  • 6 speaker audio system
  • USB connectivity
  • Hands free bluetooth
  • Bluetooth audio streaming

Full option/features list here

If you’re an audiophile the BMW is certainly make an attractive case with its 12 speaker audio system. The Evoque follows closely with 11, the Q5 with 10, while QX50 and GLK fall at the end of the spectrum with 6 speakers apiece. If exploring is your thing than the Evoque may be for you, it comes standard with a bevy of hardcore Land Rover off road features like hill descent, hill start assist and different preset terrain selectors. 99% of Evoque owners have no idea what these features do. For the money the X3 appears to be the most technologically advanced, featuring stop/start tech, regenerative braking and dynamic stability control. The QX50 however is the best bang for your buck, at $3,000 cheaper than the nearest competitor it jams the majority of the competitor’s standard features and some options into its base package, IMO this is the only way for Infiniti to induce purchase of the QX50, the price cut was necessary, at the original $36,900 it was only a short skip into an X3 or Q5, and $7k to hop up to an Evoque. Now with QX50 almost $10k cheaper than an Evoque we may see more people opting for QX50 as a poor mans Evoque.
 

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The QX50 comes with amazing features and is cheaper than the rest so there is an obvious appeal based on that. I bet you'd have to spend some extra dollars on options in some of the other vehicles just to catch it up to the outstanding standard package that Infiniti offers.
 

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The QX50 comes with amazing features and is cheaper than the rest so there is an obvious appeal based on that. I bet you'd have to spend some extra dollars on options in some of the other vehicles just to catch it up to the outstanding standard package that Infiniti offers.
You would have to spend a good amount extra on it's german competitors, maybe with Lexus, but I think even the RDX will be able to match it's price.
 

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Also something to consider is that the Evoque is the least reliable vehicle in the comparo. The Germans are relatively good but I have to believe that the QX50 is the best, Japanese makers have always been know to build bullet proof vehicles and powertrains, just dont hit a curb or all the plasticy bits will drop off.
 

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I wouldn't say the German designs are sexless. I love the Evoque and GLK design.
The British KNOW how to design a car, Range Rovers and Jaguars are great examples of this, Germans are a hit or miss, Japanese also tend to be a hit or miss. Finally Infiniti is doing something right with the new design language as seen on the Q50, can't wait for that to trickle down to our QX50's!
 

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The British KNOW how to design a car, Range Rovers and Jaguars are great examples of this, Germans are a hit or miss, Japanese also tend to be a hit or miss. Finally Infiniti is doing something right with the new design language as seen on the Q50, can't wait for that to trickle down to our QX50's!
Fully in agreement, the English have a keen eye thats for sure. They can design them, they just cant build them, Jag and LR are two of the most unreliable vehicles available..

German designs are always blocks with high belt lines, they never give thier cars any figure, I like my cars shapely.

Have you seen what Infiniti has done with the Q30? Its a SUVish type thing with a Q50 snout, I think its a pretty good indication of where the QX50 is going to head...

 

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I am enjoying the new front signature fascias of the new infinitis. I can wait to see how the new Qx50 turns out. the curves and contours really make them flow well with the eyes.
 

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I am enjoying the new front signature fascias of the new infinitis. I can wait to see how the new Qx50 turns out. the curves and contours really make them flow well with the eyes.
i agree the new designs are amazing but the front grille and lower bumper area almost makes it seem as if they're copying Lexus. i sort of see a spindle grille thing going on
 

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I actually can't imagine that grill at all on the QX50.

If both the QX50 and Q30 have the same grill they will look like the same cars.
 

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I actually can't imagine that grill at all on the QX50.

If both the QX50 and Q30 have the same grill they will look like the same cars.
dimensions will be different however, Q30 is designed to compete with the GLA, X1, Q3 and A3 while the QX50 goes up against the larger Q5 and X3s of the world. Q30 is going to be a high ridding hatch not quite a SUV but not quite a car either, also they will be priced different to avoid confusion.

Q30 seems to be more a single persons vehicle, while QX50 with its larger size is more conducive to family duty.
 

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The QX50 stands up to its rivals as far as features and styling. In the end I think it comes down to what each person wants to spend on their vehicle. If you want to save a couple thousand dollars then go with the QX50. If you are okayw ith spending a bit more for something different then go for the Evoque, GLK, X3 or Q5.

For me I like the Evoque best, but I am happy to save about $10,000 and go with the QX50 instead.
 

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I would thinkthe Q30 would be slightly smaller than the QX50. the difference would really show in the trunk capacity and rear seating area.
 

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I would thinkthe Q30 would be slightly smaller than the QX50. the difference would really show in the trunk capacity and rear seating area.
The Q30 should sit a bit lower i would think. It will also be a bit more hatch back like where as the QX50 will have more of a crossover hatch back instead.

The two cars conceptually seem very similar though so it will be interesting to see how they are different in the end.
 

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The Q30 should sit a bit lower i would think. It will also be a bit more hatch back like where as the QX50 will have more of a crossover hatch back instead.

The two cars conceptually seem very similar though so it will be interesting to see how they are different in the end.
Well you can get a sense for how Q30 and QX50 will relate to each other size wise by looking at the GLAs dimensions vs the QX50s. I feel that will give us a pretty fair picture considering Q30 and GLA will be using the same architecture.

GLA
length: 4417 mm
width: 1804 mm
height: 1494 mm

QX50
length: 4,631 mm
width: 1,803 mm
height: 1,589 mm

So either Q30 will be much smaller than the GLA or more likely the QX50 gets a size bump. Mercedes is going to give the new GLK a size bump so it doesnt overlap too much with GLA so i assume infiniti will be doing the same with QX50.

But that brings me to another question, with the GLA so closely related to the QX50 dimension wise why did Infiniti even bother partnering with MB to develop this platform for a small car when they already have a platform capable of underpinning the Q30?
 

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There is no doubt the GLA is smaller. It's meant to be. It is afterall meant to be a smaller GLK. The QX50 is a decent amount longer.
 
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