2019 Infiniti QX50 Essential: Completely Redesigned

Published: Monday, March 18, 2019 | 5:44 PM

2019 INFINITI QX50Shorter, wider, and taller, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 makes a dashing statement on the road. It adds legroom to both front and backseat passengers and adds sliding, reclining and folding capability to the back seats for greater comfort and more cargo space.

The interior, with its dual touchscreens (the top one for Nav and bottom for entertainment and climate control), is upscale and techie looking.

Available in three trims: Pure, Luxe and Essential, the Qx50 is a luxury small crossover SUV. This review will focus on the Essential trim level with all the bells and whistles.

With leather seating, navigation, a surround-view camera system with object detection, front and rear parking sensors, remote engine start, three-zone climate control, heated outside mirrors, and automatic wipers, the QX50 makes a statement. But add all of the extras: Sensory Package, Autograph Package, ProAssist Package and ProActive Package there are plenty of ways to personalize your vehicle.

For instance add the Sensory Package and gain heated front seats, a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, 20-inch wheels, adaptive front headlights, an upgraded climate control system, premium leather upholstery, a simulated suede headliner, extended interior ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, and rear window sunshades.

2019 INFINITI QX50 Interior MaterialsThe Pro Assist and ProActive options add safety features like rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, blind-spot intervention, heads-up display and backup collision mitigation.

All of the optional equipment was included on my review model. It was loaded.

Producing 268 horses and 280 lb-ft of torque, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission. The QX50 comes standard with front wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available (my test car came equipped with all-wheel drive). Expect to get 24/city, 30/highway, and 26/combined mpg.

On the inside, the QX50 exudes class from its diamond-patterned leather seats to its thoughtfully placed controls. The cabin is roomy and there are plenty of ways to make the soft leather seats fit individual preferences. The infotainment, climate and nav controls are easy to reach and intuitive to use.

The power liftgate opens seamlessly to reveal 31.4 cubic feet of cargo area. It’s a great amount of space for most all cargo needs. But if more in required the back seats fold and store for even a more space.

Driving down the road in the QX50 is a comfortable experience. The ride is comfy more than sporty, smoothing out the rough spots. The cabin is quiet, all the more to enjoy the excellent Bose Performance Series audio with 16 speakers (this is part of the optional equipment offered on the Essential trim package).

Acceleration is a mixed bag of quick and slow due to the CVT’s shifting. The engine has plenty of low end torque but the transmission has trouble putting it to work. Steering is consistent but uninspired. All-in-all driving down the road in the QX50 is a comfortable and competent experience.

Want a luxury small SUV with all the bells and whistles? Give the 2019 Infiniti QX50 Essential, a test drive.