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2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

$39,950 - $54,000
Price Range (MSRP)
Infiniti Q60 Coupe

2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Review

by Roger Biermann

The luxury Coupe segment remains competitive and the 2018 Q60 has five models to offer into battle. Three engine configurations are available - a single 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, as well as a pair of 3.0-liter turbocharged V6s in varying states of tune up to 400 horsepower on the Red Sport 400. All are paired to an efficient seven-speed automatic transmission, with rear- and all-wheel-drive available. But against the leading rivals such as the Audi A5 and Lexus RC, the Q60 is slightly less impressive in a number of areas and is starting to show its age. However, with a powerful engine line-up and spacious front seat, the Q60 has numerous standard safety features that make it a good buy, while the standard caveats of coupe styling present limited practicality from the front seatback aft. Is the Q60 up to the standard set by other leading luxury sports coupes?

2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Changes: What’s the difference vs 2017 Q60 Coupe?

Only minor cosmetic enhancements were made on the 2018 Q60, which includes the addition of one new exterior color option to the palette, Solar Mica, which is available at an extra cost on any of the trim levels. On the Red Sport 400 variant, exclusive 20-inch wheels with non-run-flat tires have also been added, and newly styled 19-inch wheels feature on the 3.0t Sport model. The Infiniti standard model and package naming have also been adopted for this range, and notably, the hybrid model has been discontinued.

Pros and Cons

  • Value-for-money luxury coupe
  • Seamless integration of driver assist features
  • Numerous convenience and safety features as standard
  • Powerful engine on the Sport and Red Sport 400 variants
  • Beautiful and eye-catching exterior design
  • Cabin size and space not as good as rivals
  • Dual-screen Infotainment is cumbersome and takes time to master
  • Below average fuel efficiency

Q60 Coupe Exterior

A striking, athletic Coupe, the Q60 has sharp, angular LED headlights and a prominent chrome-trimmed grille cluster that create a sense of assertiveness. Sweeping lines along the body highlight the sporty nature of the vehicle, whilst 19-inch or 20-inch wheels complete the look (dependant on trim level and package equipped). A moonroof is optional on the entry-level model, and standard from the 2.0t Luxe trim upwards. Exclusive badging and additional Radiant Grille Emblem can be added on certain trim levels. The Red Sport 400 gets aggressive body styling, larger wheels, and model-specific badging and tailpipes.

2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Front View
2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Rear View
2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Rear Angle View
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Dimensions

This Q60 Coupe has a total length of 184.4 inches, and a wheelbase of 112.2 inches, which are relatively standard dimensions for a Coupe, with the wheelbase matching that of the Q50 on which the Q60 is based. Body width is pegged at 72.8 inches, while the total height is 54.9 inches for the cheapest 2.0t Luxe and Pure models, with a slightly lower figure for the rest of the range (54.5 inches). The curb weight of the Q60 in the rear-wheel-drive configuration ranges from 3,727 lbs to 3,868 lbs depending on trim level, whereas the all-wheel-drive weight increases slightly to 3,857 lbs - 4,040 lbs, model dependent.

Exterior Colors

A total of ten hues are available for the 2018 model, with limited availability of certain colors to particular trims. Six standard color options are available across the range including the new Solar Mica shade at an additional cost. The standard palette includes Pure White, Liquid Platinum, Graphite Shadow, Hagane Blue, and Black Obsidian. Majestic White is a further add-on option (which costs extra), while Midnight Black is the second addition to the 2.0t Luxe's color palette. Iridium Blue is added from the 3.0t Luxe, while the exclusive Dynamic Sunstone Red is available only on the Red Sport 400 model for an additional cost.

  • Liquid Platinum
  • Graphite Shadow
  • Black Obsidian
  • Pure White
  • Hagane Blue
  • Solar Mica
  • Midnight Black
  • Majestic White
  • Iridium Blue
  • Black Obsidian, Build Out:04/30/2018
  • Pure White, Build Out:04/30/2018
  • Dynamic Sunstone Red

Q60 Coupe Performance

The Q60 is available in three basic engine configurations, of which the undoubted performance halo must be the Q60 Red Sport 400. It boasts a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine shared with some lesser models, but retuned to develop 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, giving comparable outputs to the venerable BMW M4. Power is directed through a seven-speed automatic gearbox, with buyers given a choice between rear- and all-wheel drive across all models in the Q60 line-up. With all-wheel-drive equipped, the Q60 Red Sport 400 manages the benchmark 0-60 mph sprint in 4.5 seconds, which may seem rapid, but lags behind rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz by about half a second.

2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Side View Driving
2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Rear View Driving
2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Infotainment System

Engine and Transmission

Three configurations are available for the Q60, all of which are paired to an automatic seven-speed gearbox. On the base 2.0t Pure and 2.0t Luxe models, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, turbo engine is equipped as standard that has a power output of 208 hp and produces 258 lb-ft of torque.

The mid-level trim, 3.0t Luxe and 3.0t Sport, has a more powerful 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine which provides the driver with 300 hp and 295 lb-ft. On the Sport model, gears can be selected by means of steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and together with a more hands-on approach to the gear selection, this results in a more powerful acceleration from standstill.

The top-end Red Sport 400 variant features the same engine as the 3.0t models (3.0-liter V6) but has been improved to produce a heftier 400 hp and 350 lb-ft. As the strongest and subsequently fastest model, the Red Sport 400 is most popular amongst drivers seeking performance above fuel economy, as this fully-loaded Coupe trim compares very well with rivals in this regard. Paddle-shifters are also standard on this model, although the same seven-speed automatic gearbox is present across the range. The previous year saw the inclusion of a powerful, yet efficient, hybrid model which has been discontinued for the 2018 cycle.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

With various driving modes, the Q60 can perform at a comfortable and relaxed pace, or in a more dynamic, athletic way by selecting Sports mode. This allows for more power output before gear shifts, which are generally smooth and seamless at higher speeds. Lower speeds prove to be tricky from time to time for the seven-speed automatic gearbox, and it tends to lag between shifts when you need them most.

Base model variants are capable but average handlers, lacking dynamic prowess of rivals while moving up the grades to sport-suspended Q60 models gives buyers a modicum more handling efficacy. The available variable power steering is an option best avoided, however, as it provides inconsistent responses at varying speed, making it difficult to judge how quickly the Q60 will turn in when asked.

The two Sport models boast dynamic digital suspension and efficient sport brakes that add to the responsiveness and grip on the road, especially at higher speeds. Equipping all-wheel drive capabilities to any of the Q60 vehicles does improve handling traits substantially, although little is done to dampen road noise throughout the range.

Q60 Coupe Gas Mileage

With the exclusion of the Q60 Hybrid from the range, the remaining models fair below average compared to rivals when it comes to gas mileage estimates. All engines use premium unleaded gas and have a fuel tank capacity of 20 gallons. The 2.0-liter models equipped with RWD achieve EPA estimates of 22/30/25 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, dropping to 21/28/24 mpg on AWD derivatives. With more power available, the 3.0-liter model achieves 20/28/22 mpg estimates in RWD guise, losing a point for AWD-equipped models. The Red Sport 400 variant with RWD nets comparable figures to the lesser V6 at a claimed 20/27/22 mpg, while adding a driven front axle drops figures to 19/21/26 mpg. The most economical Q60, the 2.0t RWD, manages approximately 500 miles in mixed driving conditions on a single tank of premium gasoline.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    20.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 22/30 mpg
* 2018 Infiniti Q60 2.0t Pure Coupe RWD

Q60 Coupe Interior

As a luxury coupe, the Q60 features a beautiful, premium-feel interior although it does seem dated in comparison to contemporary cabins in rival coupes. Numerous textures feature throughout the interior, and high-end materials are present across all surfaces. Standard leatherette seating is present on the 2.0-liter models, with semi-aniline leather seats as optional on the lower trims, and standard for the Sport variants. Seating four passengers, the Q60 is not overly-generous in terms of space, but the driver and passenger have sufficient room to be comfortable. The seats are a little stiff but the standard eight-way adjustment allows sufficient comfort for most.

2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Steering Wheel
2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Driver Seat
2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Infotainment System
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Seating and Interior Space

With standard coupe seating capacity for four passengers, the Q60 has 85 cubic feet of volume for occupants. Legroom and headroom in the front are generous and comfortable, inherited from the Q50 sedan. Access to the cabin is easy for the front seat occupants, but less so for those in the rear who have to squeeze through a small gap even with the front seats folded forward. Back seat volume is below average, with dimensions of 34.5 inches for headroom and only 32.4 inches for legs. This makes it less suitable for taller (and larger) passengers, so unless being used for youngsters, the rear seats are just about redundant. On the plus side, the cabin has great visibility and the driver's seating position is slightly elevated.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Leatherette upholstery is standard on the bottom three trim levels and is available in Graphite or Stone (the latter at an additional cost). These models can be upgraded through the acquisition of the Leather-Appointed Seating Package, which opens up Graphite, Gallery White and Monaco Red Semi-Aniline Leather options. These are standard on the Sport and Red Sport models already. Both the 2.0-liter Pure and Luxe models have additional interior trim in Brushed Aluminum as standard, whereas the 3.0t Luxe has the option of Dark Maple Wood inlays. For the two Sport models, carbon-fiber interior trim is standard, and a modern silver optic fiber trim can be added at additional cost.

Q60 Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

Although minimal trunk space is expected in a coupe, the Q60 fairs well below the average on this front with only 8.7 cubic feet available. A few small bags are about all that fit in the tiny trunk, and even though the rear seats do fold down, this only benefits the loading of long objects. While the trunk provides a wide loading area, the Q60 is not conducive to carrying heavy, or large cargo items.

Personal items can be stored throughout the cabin, although there are limited stowage options. The glove box is well-sized, and cupholders are available for front passengers. A small console bin provides space for smaller items, and shallow door pockets are present for knick-knacks during your drive.

2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Driver And Passengers Seats
2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Rear Bumper
2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Rear Angle View
  • Trunk Volume
    8.7 ft³

Q60 Coupe Infotainment and Features

Features

Across all five models, dual-zone automatic temperature control is present, as are selectable drive modes, while a sunroof is an optional extra on the base model and standard on higher trims. The rearview mirror is also equipped with a compass and auto-dimming function from the base level, while higher up on the trim ladder, there's memory functionality equipped for the mirrors, driver's set, and steering wheel. The fully-loaded Red Sport 400 variant has no added interior and infotainment features which are not already present on the lower range models, although further packages can be installed on any of the vehicles to add heated steering wheel and front seats, and a host of safety features like front and rear parking sensors and blind spot warning.

Infotainment

The Q60 has dual touchscreens comprising an eight-inch upper screen, and a seven-inch screen lower down on the center console. On the base model 2.0t Pure, Sirius XM Radio with Travel Link access for four years is included; two USB ports are standard and operate together with Bluetooth and audio streaming. Smartphone integration is present, but Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are not available across the Q60 range as they are on some rival vehicles. On the 2.0t Luxe model, the audio system is upgraded to include a 13-speaker Bose sound system, which is standard on all the upper trim levels. Infiniti InTouch Navigation with voice recognition must be purchased additionally on all of the available models.

Q60 Coupe Problems and Reliability

While the 2017 generation had a few reliability concerns, the 2018 range has had no recalls or problems reported by the manufacturer. Some complaints have been noted regarding the air bag warning lights remaining on in error, but no official statement or correction has been released by Infiniti. Infiniti covers the Q60 range under a 48 month//60,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, with additional coverage for major components (72 months/70,000 miles) and corrosion perforation (84 months/unlimited mileage).

Q60 Coupe Safety

The Q60 range has not been rated by the IIHS or the NHTSA for crash safety, but based on the Q50, it should score similar results - the Q50 has not been fully evaluated by the NHTSA but scored five stars for rollover protection, while the IIHS awarded scores of Good in most tests.

Key Safety Features

Well-equipped with safety features, the Q60 has a total of six airbags, including driver and passenger front airbags, rollover airbags, and side-curtain airbags. The vehicle also has a rearview camera included on all models, and the addition of the ProASSIST bundle adds the following safety features across the range: blind spot warning, backup collision intervention, around view monitor with moving object detection, front and rear parking sensors, forward emergency braking featuring pedestrian detection, and predictive forward collision warning.

Verdict: Is the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe a good car?

For the buyer interested in power and performance, the Q60 range remains a competent figure in the coupe segment. With a range that caters to all walks of life with more fuel-efficient engines or more potent performers that sip a little less frugally, the Q60 compares well with rivals in terms of power output and expressive, distinctive design. While the cabin is well-appointed and luxurious, rivals have more to offer in terms of standard features on board and more modern styling, while the Q60's infotainment system is best described as horrible to use. The front seats are spacious on the Q60, however, trunk space is dismal, and the rear seat would be a tight fit for taller, larger passengers. The Q60 caters to the luxury coupe segment but really fails to compete against rivals like the BMW 4 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, both of which should be your first choice ahead of the Q60.

What's the Price of the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe?

The entry-level 2.0t Pure rear-wheel-drive model of the Q60 has an MSRP of $39,950 which is the cheapest variant in the range. To move up to the more powerful 3.0t Luxe edition, the price increases to $44,500 without additional extras. The Sport version of this trim level costs $48,300 and the fully-loaded Red Sport 400 tops the price chart at $52,000. To equip all-wheel drive functionality on the Q60, expect to pay an additional $2,000 on all trims. Custom exterior paint work also has additional costs, and the equipping of various packages will add to the overall pricing.

2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Models

Five trims exist in the Q60 Coupe range: 2.0t Pure, 2.0t Luxe, 3.0t Luxe, 3.0t Sport, and Red Sport 400.

The 2.0t Pure boasts signature a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, power adjustable leatherette front seats, dual-zone climate control, and a six-speaker sound system with the dual-touchscreen infotainment system.

Upgrading to the 2.0t Luxe adds a sunroof as standard, plus a 13-speaker Bose sound system, HD radio, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The mid-level variant, the 3.0t Luxe, features a more powerful 3.0-liter V6 engine and electronic power steering but features the same equipment as the 2.0t Luxe.

The 3.0t engine can also be equipped to the 3.0t Sport trim, where sport brakes and silver calipers, unique trunk badging, aluminum sport pedals and steering-mounted paddle shifters are standard. Additionally, the seats are upholstered in leather with power adjustable driver's seat side bolstering and memory function.

The Red Sport 400 is the top-of-the-range trim, adding a more potent version of the V6 engine, 20-inch wheels, Red 'S' exterior badging, and dual exhaust tips in brushed satin finish. It is otherwise similarly equipped to the 3.0t Sport but can be upgraded through options packages.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0t Pure Coupe
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$39,950
2.0t Luxe Coupe
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$42,300
3.0t Luxe Coupe
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$44,500
3.0t Sport Coupe
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$48,300
3.0t Red Sport 400 Coupe
3.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$52,000
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Additional Packages

A total of ten add-on packages are set out for the five-model range, although not all packages are available for all trims. The base model 2.0t Pure can only be upgraded by one bundle, which adds a power-tilt and slide moonroof for an additional $1,000.

Three unique sensory packages are available, one for each of the Luxe models, and one for the Sport trim featuring additional comfort features such as heated seats and remote engine start; for the 2.0t Luxe this costs an extra $3,000, and for the 3.0t Luxe costs increase by $3,200. Adding the sensory package to the Sport model is slightly cheaper at $2,250.

A ProASSIST Package is available for all but the base 2.0t Pure model and requires various other packages to be present before installation. Based on further driving and safety aids, this package costs $2,250 to equip. The ProACTIVE bundle is exclusive to the top three variants and centers around a host of additional safety features such as direct adaptive steering and distance control assist. The price of this package is $2,850.

The remaining four bundles all pertain to cosmetic enhancements. An Infiniti radiant grille emblem (at cost of $400) can be added to all but the bottom of the range model; the same applies to the leather-appointed seating package, which has a price of $1,350. Dark maple wood accents can be added to the 3.0t Luxe model only, priced at $400. Finally, silver optic fiber interior trim is available for the 3.0t Sport and Red Sport 400 derivatives.

What Infiniti Q60 Coupe Model Should I Buy?

The cheapest model in the range is generally sufficient in terms of value for money. However, the majority of the advanced safety features are not available on this model at all, which is why one of the mid-level 3.0t variants would be a better option, albeit at a higher cost. The Red Sport 400 model is certainly the most impressive in terms of performance and looks, but the 3.0t Sport functions just as well and can be similarly customized at lower rates. The 3.0t Sport also offers real-world usable performance and almost all the standard specification of the Red Sport and is available with a range of package upgrades, including those incorporating advanced driver assistance features. It strikes the best balance between cost and performance and can be had with all-wheel-drive for those residing in colder climate states.

2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe Comparisons

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2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe vs Audi A5 Coupe

As the Q60 has been adapted from the Q50 sedan, so too has the A5 been derived from the A4 sedan. But the A5 is newer, whereas the Q60 is based on an aging architecture. And it shows, as the interior and standard technological features equipped to the Q60 are getting long in the tooth. The Audi, however, boasts a modern interior filled with high-quality materials, more space for the occupants, and crucially, a vastly more intuitive infotainment system. But where the Audi really streaks ahead is in its dynamic abilities, with a chassis striking a better balance between comfort and performance, and performing better at the limit, too. Audi also offers hotter performance variants that outperform the Q60 Red Sport 400, all while packing higher levels of technology at a comparable price. In short, then, the A5 is vastly superior to the Q60.

See Audi A5 Coupe Review

2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe vs Lexus RC

Lexus occupies a similar market segment to Infiniti, as a luxury spin-off froma humdrum Japanese brand. But the RC is newer than the Q60 and packs impressive levels of refinement in a luxurious cabin. It may cost $1,300 more than the Q60 Coupe, but includes higher levels of luxury and tech for the money. The Lexus infotainment system isn't particularly great, but it's lightyears ahead of the system found in the Infiniti. However, the Lexus isn't as dynamically talented as the Q60 is, and the Q60 offers a broader range of engine catering to a wider variety of buyers. It ultimately comes down to requirements and priorities. If you love luxury, the Lexus is more luxurious and refined, but if you value performance, a Q60 3.0t Sport or Red Sport 400 will give you more smiles per mile.

See Lexus RC Review

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