The 2019 Infiniti Q60 offers a nice blend of performance and comfort in a personal luxury coupe designed to challenge the likes of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW 4 Series and the Audi A5/S5. Although its interior is on the small side, the same can be said for many of its competitors. Where the Q60 begins to fall short, however, is not in the size of its cockpit but the age. There are no massive view screens, no digital instrument cluster and no ultra high-end audio, although the available Bose system does a pretty good job here.
Where the Infiniti Q60 shines brightest is on the road, thanks to its available 400 horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 in the Q60 Red Sport 400. Combined with a taut suspension, excellent steering feedback and a willing transmission, the Q60 can deliver thrills for hours, yet still makes a very livable daily driver as sophisticated as it is stylish.
What’s New for 2019?
For 2019, the Q60 drops the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine as well as the 3.0t Sport trim. The base Pure models now features the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, while more standard content is added to the new entry-level models and Red Sport 400. Automatic emergency braking is made standard on the LUXE and Red Sport trims.
What We Like
Gorgeous exterior design; elegant, sporty interior design; robust performance with 300-hp and 400-hp V6 engines; wide range of performance personalization
What We Don’t
Access to rear seats is tough; no manual transmission available for enthusiasts; Direct Adaptive Steering still a little remote; full suite of driver assists and collision mitigation should be standard at this price; still no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
The Q60 3.0t rear-wheel drive (RWD) comes with a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbo V6 and is rated at 19 miles per gallon in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in combined driving, while the all-wheel-drive version comes in at 19 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/22 mpg combined. The Q60 Red Sport 400 wrings 400 hp out of its 3.0-liter turbo V6, and can achieve 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/22 mpg combined. Add AWD, and fuel economy slumps a little to 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined.
Standard Features & Options
The Q60 3.0t PURE ($41,745, RWD), ($43,745, AWD) include LED headlights, fog lamps and taillights, power heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, 19-in alloy wheels and dual chrome exhaust pipes. Interior features include proximity key and push-button ignition, dual-zone climate control, leatherette seating, brushed aluminum trim, 8-way power front seats, a 6-speaker audio system with an auxiliary audio input and two USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, a CD player, Infiniti InTouch dual display system screens (8-in upper/7-in lower), a rearview monitor, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column and cruise control.
The Q60 3.0t LUXE ($45,895, RWD), ($47,895, AWD) includes all of the features in the PURE and adds forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, predictive forward-collision warning, a power moonroof, a 13-speaker Bose Performance Series audio system and HomeLink.
Three option packages are available: The Essential package ($3,200) that adds leather seating, heated front seats and steering wheel, navigation, InTouch services, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, remote start, auto-dimming side mirrors with a reverse tilt down feature and driver’s seat memory with power lumbar and side bolsters. The Leather Seating package ($1,350) is pretty self-explanatory. Last is the ProASSIT package ($2,250) that brings rain-sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, the Around View Monitor with moving-object detection, blind spot monitoring and backup-collision intervention.
The Q60 Red Sport 400 ($55,895, RWD), ($57,895, AWD) is powered by a 400-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine. It adds or replaces the equipment on the LUXE with new exhaust tips, red-painted brake calipers, unique 20-in staggered alloy wheels, red S badges, a dynamic digital suspension, paddle shifters, semi-aniline leather seats, carbon-fiber interior trim, sport brakes, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with memory and the full contents of the LUXE Essential package.
Optional equipment include the ProASSIT package ($2,250) and the ProACTIVE package ($2,850) that includes auto-leveling adaptive front lighting and high-beam assist, adaptive radar cruise control, adaptive steering, distance-control assist, an Eco pedal, an advanced climate control system, front-seat pre-crash seat belts, blind spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning and prevention with active lane control.
All Q60 models come with six airbags, LATCH connectors for child safety seats, brake assist, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, advanced vehicle dynamic control and traction control, tire-pressure monitoring and an emergency inside trunk release.
Optional safety features include backup-collision intervention, blind spot monitoring, predictive forward-collision warning, forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot intervention, lane-departure warning and lane-departure intervention with active lane control and front-seat pre-crash seat belts.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not yet released ratings for the 2018 Q60.
Behind the Wheel
We spent our time shuttling between 3.0t LUXE and Red Sport 400 models during our time with the Q60. The test vehicles were heavily optioned, which gave us a chance to experience the leather seats, premium Bose sound system, moonroof and other premium features.
Infiniti made an interesting choice with the center stack and driver interface by placing a 7-in touchscreen control directly below the 8-in navigation screen and replacing many of the buttons and knobs that provided broad functionality with screen inputs. The resulting clean, relatively uncomplicated interface rewards you with simple operation once you’ve invested some time setting it up and familiarizing yourself with it.
The difference between the two power plants on the road appears both off the line and when accelerating at higher speeds. The 400-hp Red Sport models have forceful thrust, but the power is easily managed with the throttle pedal. The 300-hp 3.0t is no slouch either, with sufficient power but without that added boost that throws you back in your seat. Turbo lag is nearly nonexistent, as the 7-speed automatic transmission is geared to deliver smooth shifts and transitions.
The Q60’s multiple by-wire interfaces — steering, throttle, transmission — and available electronic suspension control all collaborate to deliver a surprisingly immediate, connected driving experience. We sometimes wished for a more natural feel with the steering system, but appreciated the improvement over the previous generation’s numbness. As demanded from a premium coupe, the Q60’s cabin is whisper-quiet on the road, with just enough of the V6’s voice in the background under hard charging.
Other Cars to Consider
2019 BMW 4 Series — The Ultimate Driving Machine still represents the target for premium performance coupes.
Infiniti is right: Nobody needs a coupe, but everybody dreams of owning one. The 2019 Infiniti Q60 will inspire a lot of fantasies, and the reality of owning one could be equally inspiring. The 400-hp Red Sport models offer fulfillment, but your rational side will be satisfied with one of the 300-hp 3.0t models. Splurge on AWD if you live in a northern climate, or enjoy the savings and handling of RWD if you don’t have to fight snow and slush come winter.