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2024 Infiniti QX50 Autograph: Luxe Interior, Not-So-Sporty Smooth Ride

This week I have been wrenching on the 2024 Infiniti QX50 Autograph. Let's break down what this fancy SUV is all about.

The 2024 Infiniti QX50 joins the battleground of compact luxury SUVs, facing tough competition from established players like the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, and impressive newcomers like the Genesis GV70, which is one of the new SUVS with the most deal-breaking flaws according to the Consumer Reports.

The QX50 scores high on looks. It's stylish and sleek on the outside, and the interior pampers you with luxury and space. However, its engine slightly lags behind the competition. The ride is smooth and comfortable, but the transmission can be a little noisy when you push the gas pedal to the floor. However, if you gently accelerate the engine, it seems acceptable to me. I think the 2024 QX50's luxurious looks and interior might grab your attention.

But Infiniti QX50 has a great advantage over its competitor SUVs. It's the least expensive among them. 

The 2024 Infiniti QX50 strikes a compelling balance between price and features. With a starting price of $42,350, it undercuts rivals like the Genesis GV70 ($47,050), Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class ($48,600), BMW X3 ($47,895), and Volvo XC60 ($48,195). This makes the QX50 an attractive option for shoppers looking for a luxurious and feature-rich compact SUV without breaking the bank.

In 2024 Infiniti offered the QX50 in five trims: Pure, Luxe, Sport, Sensory, and Augotraph. I have been test-driving the Autograph trim for this review, which comes with a starting price of $61,610.

There is almost no change to the 2024 Infiniti QX50 over the 2023 QX50, which I reviewed for Torque News a year ago. The only update is a new paint color option called Black Obsidian, available on the higher-end Sensory and Autograph trims.

Engine and Power of The 2024 QX50

The 2024 Infiniti QX50 packs a 268-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. This 2.0L VC-Turbo engine uses a clever trick – it can adjust its compression ratio on the fly. This means it can deliver more power when you need it for highway cruising, and switch to a more efficient mode for better gas mileage in city driving. While it won't win any drag races (and it shouldn't), it offers a smooth and comfortable ride that soaks up bumps nicely.

The steering is light and easy to handle, but it doesn't give you that sporty feel of being connected to the road. One thing to keep in mind is that the engine can get noisy when you push it hard, and the continuously variable transmission can add to that noise, especially in stop-and-go traffic.

2024 Infiniti QX50 Autograph Engine

The brakes are another area where the QX50 prioritizes comfort over performance. The pedal feels a bit soft and may take some getting used to for smooth stops. However, despite the soft pedal, the QX50 performed well in my braking tests, stopping from 70 mph in a competitive distance.

The Exterior

The 2024 Infiniti QX50 cuts a striking figure on the road. Its sculpted lines and wide stance give it a confident and dynamic presence. The signature Infiniti double-arch grille leads the way, hinting at the innovation that lies beneath.

2024 Infiniti QX50 Autograph Exterior

Curvy lines flow from the grille along the body, creating a sense of movement even when the QX50 is parked. Unique design elements like the crescent-shaped D-pillar add a touch of intrigue and further distinguish the QX50 from the crowd.

2024 Infiniti QX50's Interior Comfort and Seating Space

Slip inside the 2024 Infiniti QX50 and you're greeted by a comfortable and luxurious atmosphere. High-quality materials like quilted leather seats create a sophisticated feel.

2024 Infiniti QX50 Autograph second row

While some reviewers might find the mix of textures and design lines a bit busy, there's no denying the overall comfort. However, keep in mind that this luxury extends primarily to the front seats. Rear-seat passengers will find things a bit cozier, with a good amount of legroom. In this regard I always recommend my readers to check some of the competitors as well, to have a better idea about this car's advantages.

2024 Infiniti QX50 Autograph Cargo

The cargo space of the 2024 Infiniti QX50 offers a decent amount of space for everyday errands. It has 31 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. 

Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2024 Infiniti QX50 offers a dual-screen infotainment system that allows for some customization. You can view different apps on the upper or lower screen, depending on your preference. The system responds quickly to your touches, and both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included for seamless smartphone integration. You can also connect up to seven devices to the QX50's Wi-Fi hotspot, keeping everyone entertained on long trips.

2024 Infiniti QX50 Autograph Interior

However, the infotainment system feels a bit dated compared to some competitors. The screens could be brighter and higher resolution for a sharper image. Additionally, the controls can be confusing because Infiniti adapted an existing system to incorporate the dual screens. For example, the upper screen can be controlled by touch or a knob, while the lower screen is touch-only. This inconsistency might require some getting used to.

Autograph Trim vs Other Trims

Unlike other QX50 trims that offer a choice between front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), the range-topping Autograph exclusively comes with AWD. This gives the Autograph a significant advantage in terms of handling and traction, especially in slippery conditions like rain, snow, or even light off-roading. The AWD system provides better grip and control, keeping you feeling confident and secure behind the wheel.

Additionally, the Autograph boasts a tow hitch with a 3,000-pound capacity, making it a more versatile choice for those who might occasionally need to haul a trailer or equipment.

The EPA gives the 2024 Infiniti Autograph AWD 25 MPG and 22/28 MPG City/Highway respectively.

How It Drives

The 2024 Infiniti QX50 Autograph prioritizes a smooth and comfortable ride over sporty thrills. While the 268-horsepower turbocharged engine delivers decent pep, it won't win any drag races. However, reviewers found the engine seamlessly adapts to your driving style. During highway cruising, it uses a higher compression ratio for efficiency, and when you need a burst of power, it adjusts to a lower compression for a quicker response. The downside is that the engine can get noisy under hard acceleration, and the continuously variable transmission (CVT) can amplify that noise, especially in city traffic.

2024 Infiniti QX50 Autograph Rear View

The suspension soaks up bumps nicely, making the QX50 Autograph a great choice for long journeys where comfort is key. The steering is light and easy to handle, perfect for navigating tight city streets or parking maneuvers. However, don't expect a sporty feel from the steering. It provides accurate control but lacks the feedback that driving enthusiasts might crave. One area where the focus on comfort might be a drawback is the braking system. The brake pedal feels a bit soft and may require some adjustment to achieve smooth stops, especially in stop-and-go traffic. Despite the pedal feel, the QX50 Autograph performed well in braking tests, stopping from 70 mph in a competitive distance.

Infiniti QX50's Main Competitors and QX50's Advantages

The 2024 Infiniti QX50 faces stiff competition in the compact luxury SUV segment, but here's how it stacks up against three main rivals:

  1. Price Advantage: Compared to its key competitors, the QX50 boasts a significant price advantage. Starting at $42,350, it undercuts the likes of the Genesis GV70 ($47,050), Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class ($48,600), and BMW X3 ($47,895).
  2. Comfortable Ride: If a smooth and comfortable ride is your top priority, the QX50 might be the better choice. Reviewers praise its compliant suspension that absorbs bumps effortlessly, making it a great option for long journeys.
  3. Unique Engine Technology: The QX50's VC-Turbo engine offers a unique feature – it can adjust its compression ratio on the fly. This allows it to optimize between power and fuel efficiency depending on your driving style. While some competitors might offer more powerful engines, the QX50's technology provides a balance between performance and economy.

However, it's important to consider the QX50's drawbacks as well:

  • Outdated Technology: The infotainment system feels a bit dated compared to rivals, with lower-resolution screens and a confusing dual-screen setup.
  • Lagging Acceleration: While the engine is decent, it doesn't match the acceleration of some competitors, especially if you crave a sporty driving experience.
  • Cargo Space: The QX50's cargo capacity falls short of some rivals, which might be a concern for families who need to pack a lot of gear.

Ultimately, the best choice for you depends on your priorities. If affordability, a smooth ride, and unique engine technology are major factors, the QX50 is a strong contender. But if the latest tech features, thrilling acceleration, or maximum cargo space are dealbreakers, you might want to explore the competition.

Armen Hareyan is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News TwitterFacebookLinkedin, and Youtube. He has more than a decade of expertise in the automotive industry with a special interest in Tesla and electric vehicles.