2020 Infiniti Q50 vs. 2020 Volkswagen Arteon

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The Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Arteon doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Q50 and the Arteon 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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 Arteon’s 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty expires 10,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the Q50 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Volkswagen covers the Arteon. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Arteon ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Q50’s 7 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Arteon runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are better in initial quality than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 19th in initial quality. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 12th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 14 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine

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The Q50 3.0t’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 32 more horsepower (300 vs. 268) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder. The Q50 Red Sport 400’s standard 3.0 turbo V6 produces 132 more horsepower (400 vs. 268) and 92 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 258) than the Arteon’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Q50 3.0t is faster than the Volkswagen Arteon:

Q50

Arteon

Zero to 30 MPH

2.4 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.9 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.2 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

103 MPH

94 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Q50 has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Arteon (20 vs. 17.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Arteon:

Q50 Sport/Red Sport 400

Arteon

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.4 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

12.2 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 Arteon are solid, not vented.

The Q50 stops shorter than the Arteon:

Q50

Arteon

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

171 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard 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 Arteon doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Q50 Sport’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 Arteon doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better maneuverability, the Q50’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (36.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Q50 AWD’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Arteon’s (37.4 feet vs. 39 feet).

Passenger Space

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The Q50 has 5.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Arteon (101.5 vs. 96.2).

The Q50 has 2.5 inches more front headroom, 3.3 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Arteon.

Cargo Capacity

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

Servicing Ease

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

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Volkswagen. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 47% lower rating, Volkswagen is ranked 18th.

Ergonomics

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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 Arteon’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

Recommendations

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The Infiniti Q50 outsold the Volkswagen Arteon by almost 11 to one during 2019.

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