2018 Infiniti Q50 vs. 2017 Buick Verano

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Q50 (except )’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Verano doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Q50 (except Pure) offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Verano offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Q50 (except Pure) offers optional Back-up Collision Intervention which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Verano doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Q50 offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Verano doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Q50 (except Pure) offers an optional Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Verano only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Q50 and the Verano have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Infiniti Q50 is safer than the Buick Verano:

 

Q50

Verano

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

79

89

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1 inches

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

196

284

Hip Force

415 lbs.

438 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

190

257

Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

634 lbs.

733 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Q50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Verano’s 4-year/50,000 mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

The Q50’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Verano’s (7 vs. 6 years).

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Q50 has a standard 150-amp alternator (170-amp - Q50 Red Sport 400). The Verano’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Q50 2.0t’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (208 vs. 180) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (258 vs. 171) than the Verano’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q50 3.0t’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 120 more horsepower (300 vs. 180) and 124 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 171) than the Verano’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q50 Hybrid’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid produces 180 more horsepower (360 vs. 180) than the Verano’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Q50 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 220 more horsepower (400 vs. 180) and 179 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 171) than the Verano’s 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Q50 Hybrid 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid is faster than the Buick Verano:

 

Q50

Verano

Zero to 60 MPH

4.9 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

13.6 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103.6 MPH

85.5 MPH

As tested in Car and Driver the Q50 Red Sport 400 3.0 turbo V6 is faster than the Buick Verano (base engine):

 

Q50

Verano

Zero to 60 MPH

4.5 sec

8.2 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

10.5 sec

22.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

5 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

112 MPH

86 MPH

Top Speed

153 MPH

153 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Q50 Hybrid RWD gets better fuel mileage than the Verano (27 city/32 hwy vs. 21 city/31 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Q50 2.0t RWD gets better fuel mileage than the Verano (23 city/30 hwy vs. 21 city/31 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Q50 Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Verano doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Q50 Hybrid/2.0t’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Verano doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Q50 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank has 2.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Verano (17.8 vs. 15.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Q50’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Verano (20 vs. 15.6 gallons).

Transmission

A seven-speed automatic is standard on the Infiniti Q50, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Verano.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Q50’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Verano:

 

Q50

Q50 Sport

Verano

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

14 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

13.8 inches

10.5 inches

The Q50’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Verano are solid, not vented.

The Q50 stops much shorter than the Verano:

 

Q50

Verano

 

80 to 0 MPH

223 feet

233 feet

Road and Track

70 to 0 MPH

156 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

135 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Q50 Red Sport 400’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Verano (F:245/40R19 & R:265/35R19 vs. 235/45R18).

The Q50 Red Sport 400’s 245/40R19 front and 265/35R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Verano’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Q50 offers optional 19-inch wheels. The Verano’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the Q50 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Verano doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Infiniti Q50 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Buick Verano has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Q50 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Q50 flat and controlled during cornering. The Verano’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Q50 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Verano’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Q50 has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Verano doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Q50’s optional drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Verano doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Q50’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the Verano (112.2 inches vs. 105.7 inches).

The Q50 handles at .95 G’s, while the Verano pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Q50 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Verano (25.5 seconds @ .76 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

The Q50 Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Verano doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Q50 is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Verano is rated a Compact.

The Q50 has 6.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Verano (101.5 vs. 95).

The Q50 has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear legroom, .6 inches more rear hip room and 3.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Verano.

Cargo Capacity

To allow full utilization of available cargo room, the Q50’s trunk lid uses gas strut supported hinges that don’t intrude into the trunk. The Verano’s useful trunk space is reduced by its intrusive beam hinge.

With its sedan body style, valet key, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the Q50 offers cargo security. The Verano’s non-lockable folding seat and non-lockable remote release defeat cargo security.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Q50. The Verano doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The Q50 uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Verano uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

The engine in the Q50 is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Verano. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the Q50 (except 2.0t), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Verano doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Q50 (except 2.0t)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Verano doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Q50’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Verano’s power windows’ passenger windows don’t close automatically. The Verano’s optional rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

If the windows are left down on the Q50 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Verano can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Q50 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Verano doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Q50’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Verano’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Q50’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Verano’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Q50’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Verano’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Q50 3.0t/Red Sport 400 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Verano doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Q50 Premium/Sport offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Verano doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Q50’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Buick charges extra for heated mirrors on the Verano.

When the Q50 with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Verano’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Q50 offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Verano offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Q50 and the Verano offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Q50 has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Verano doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Q50’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Verano doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Q50 V6 offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Verano doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Q50, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Verano.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Q50 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Q50 with a number “5” insurance rate while the Verano is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

The Q50 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Q50 will retain 37.69% to 40.56% of its original price after five years, while the Verano only retains 35.39% to 36.82%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Q50 is less expensive to operate than the Verano because typical repairs cost less on the Q50 than the Verano, including $124 less for front brake pads, $16 less for fuel injection and $20 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

The Infiniti Q50 outsold the Buick Verano by 35% during the 2016 model year.

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