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2018 INFINITI Q50 vs. 2018 Volkswagen Passat | Competition INFINITI of Smithtown

2018 INFINITI Q50 vs. 2018 Volkswagen Passat

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat has received accolades for being a no-nonsense midsize sedan. It is a car suited for individuals who wish to fly under the radar. But can it compete against the 2018 INFINITI Q50, a well-equipped sedan which is renowned for its handsome exterior, luxurious interior, and powerful engine? Find out right now!

Design & Style

One part classy and one part sporty, the 2018 INFINITI Q50 boasts a sportier exterior styling and quilted semi-aniline leather seats in its interior. The Q50’s Luxe model comes with a power moonroof which allows drivers and passengers to enjoy the view of the sky. If you opt for the Red Sport 400 model, you have the option of adding a carbon fiber exterior trim. It flawlessly emphasizes the racing spirit of the car. Unfortunately, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat’s exterior features an unimaginative design. The 2018 Passat went for subtle creases and a squared-off stance instead.

When you investigate the interior of the Volkswagen Passat, you will quickly notice its spartan cabin. Although it offers a spacious rear seat, it may leave you wondering why you should pay for a car that lacks charm in this area. The Q50 understands that the interior of a car should be as attractive as its exterior. That is why it has added stylish interior refinements and refreshed its trim lineup. If you are all about looks, the 2018 INFINITI Q50 clearly has the upper hand.

Technology & Safety

The INFINITI Q50 offers modern safety features such as integrated turn signal mirrors, 4 wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, airbags for the drivers and passengers, and many more. The Q50 has also been tested for having good roof strength as well as rear and side impact protection. You can definitely enjoy complete peace of mind while driving your INFINITI Q50. Just like the Q50, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat has good roof strength and protection against side impacts. However, the sedan received poor ratings for its headlights. It also achieved a marginal rating in the passenger-side small-overlap test.

The 2018 Volkswagen Passat is using its 2017-version infotainment system. It features a 6.3-inch touchscreen which is reliable and intuitive. However, the system is still quite slow. The Q50, on the other hand, offers its InTouch infotainment system. It has a 7-inch lower touch screen and an 8-inch upper touch screen. What’s more, the system comes with voice recognition. As you can see, another point goes to the INFINITI Q50.


The 2018 Volkswagen Passat SE model offers a two-liter, inline four, 6-speed automatic, turbocharged engine. It has been tested and puts out 174 horsepower. The Q50’s base engine is also a two-liter four-cylinder, turbocharged engine. However, it puts out 208 horsepower! If you need more power, there is always the twin-turbocharged version that delivers 300 horsepower.

The Bottom Line

The INFINITI Q50 and Volkswagen Passat are both reliable vehicles. Unfortunately, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat did not manage to stand out well as a midsize sedan. It lacks aesthetic appeal and could not match the performance of the Q50. Hence, the INFINITI Q50 is the victor of this battle.

Ready to Schedule an INFINITI Q50 Test Drive Today?

If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2018 INFINITI Q50 offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at COMPETITION INFINITI. We are located in St. James, New York, and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book an INFINITI Q50 test drive appointment.

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