The past few weeks behind the wheel of our certified pre-owned 2017 Infiniti Q50 have been a blast, though not perfect. While I’ve come to love the ability to switch between drive modes, the uncomfortable driver’s seat has proven to irritate and inflame my lower back despite my short time in the car. Still, there’s a lot of good in the Q50 despite my issues with the driver’s seat.
Drive-mode selectors are nothing new on contemporary vehicles, but not all are created equal. While some only change the driving experience marginally or barely noticeably, the selectable drive modes on the Q50 are each completely different animals. In standard mode, the Q50 has respectable acceleration and the bit of refinement you’d expect from a luxury sport sedan. In contrast, the Eco mode drastically reduces performance in order to reduce fuel consumption and increase mpg. To make sure you’re driving in a way that’s appropriate for the mode, a green Eco light is displayed on the dash to let you know the engine is using fuel conservatively.
The Sport and Sport+ modes add a bit more excitement to the Infiniti’s formula. In Sport mode, handling is adjusted to give quicker response for steering, suspension is adjusted for greater damping force, and the engine and transmission are adjusted for additional performance. The Sport+ mode improves upon these and also adjusts Infiniti’s Vehicle Dynamic Control for an even sportier experience.
And the performance the Infiniti Q50 achieves in Sport and Sport+ modes is nothing to scoff at, either. On a recent ride with my roommate, an avid M3 enthusiast and owner of an E46 model, I decided to demonstrate what the Q50 could do in Sport+ mode. With an open road in front of us, I mashed on the gas pedal and unleashed acceleration that pushed the both of us back into our seats. After reaching cruising speed in a matter of mere seconds, my M-car-fanboy-roomie looked over at me, saying, "Well, that didn’t suck AT ALL." A ringing endorsement indeed.
Not So Comfy
Despite being thrilling to drive, the driver’s seat of the Q50 leaves a bit to be desired. Like many others, I suffer from lower back pain that can absolutely ruin a car ride, and possibly every other activity for the following few days. Let me be blatantly honest: The Q50’s driver seat is my least favorite feature on the car and makes my lower back hurt after extended drives lasting longer than an hour. Maybe I just have the seat adjusted wrongly for my body, or maybe it’s just an uncomfortable seat — either way, we’ll find out in the weeks to come, as we have the sporty 2017 Infiniti Q50 for another several months. Find a Certified Pre-Owned Infiniti Q50 for sale
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