Consumer Review: the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe
Stylishly redesigned, the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe has been updated for the needs and desires of younger consumers. With generous standard equipment, three engines to choose from and sportier handling than previous models, there’s no doubt that the 2018 Infiniti Q60 is trying to capture the hearts and minds of consumers who have more interest in looks and luxury than hauling the kids back and forth from soccer practice. But how does this new model hold up when compared to similar coupes on the market? Before you run to your local dealership, read our review of the best and worst of the new Q60.
According to CarandDriver.com, the MSRP of the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe is $39,945; this has a similar price tag to other entry-level luxury coupes. For example, the 2018 Audi A4 is priced at $35.850 MSRP, and the BMW 4-series starts at $44,295. It seems that Infiniti has designed the Q60 to compete with other high end brands by offering “affordable luxury” when placed up against similarly designed sports coupes.
The fuel economy of the Q60 is average, offering a combined average of 27 miles per gallon. The is very similar to most coupes on the market; for example, the BMW 4-series also receives an estimated 27 miles per gallon, and the Mercedes Benz E400 Coupe receives about 22 combined miles per gallon. The Q60 is perfectly average when it comes to fuel economy. However, it doesn’t hold a candle to newer hybrid and electric models now sweeping the market.
The handling of the Q60 Coupe is where the vehicle really shines- at least in Sport mode. The vehicle offers both Sport and Standard handling options; Motortrend raved that when in Sport mode, ” the engine pulls strongly with minimal boost lag off the line and the transmission is quick to downshift,” resulting in a smooth and clean ride. However, when in Standard mode, reviewers complained that the handling felt “floaty,” with the steering of-center and more difficult to control than competing sport coupes.
The Q60 maintains a double wishbone suspension in the front of the vehicle. The rear transitions to a multi-link suspension. Reviewers have posted mixed reviews about the suspension system; while Motor Authority called the softer suspension a “solution” to the vehicle’s turning problems in Sport mode, Motortrend complained that the soft suspension simply felt too lightweight for a vehicle that’s designed to compete with its fast and flashy sports competitors.
The estimated horsepower of the Q60 is 400 with 350 pounds of torque; if that sounds like an unbelievable number, you’ll be surprised to hear that reviewers didn’t doubt it after testing Infiniti’s claims- with a catch. According to Motor Authority, while the Q60 had no problems going from 0-60 in 5.0 seconds flat, the car could only do so on a completely straight track- when the smallest turn was attempted, the vehicle’s traction mode was quick to step in even when the feature was manually turned off.