There are those who have bone to pick with Audi for retaining the design of its sedan lineup for the longest time, but they should look past the exterior as they would find some great improvements in the compact sedan.

A newer competitor in the scene is the Infiniti Q50, which offers buyers a refreshing alternative to the A4 which, as mentioned above, may have grown stale for many.

The Q50 has not yet launched a 2017 model, but the new lineup of engines for 2016 are a long way from feeling old.

Its entry-level model comes with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine worth 208hp and 258lb-ft torque. Up one trim and there is a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 that produces 300hp and 295lb-ft torque.

The same engine is tuned to 400hp and 350lb-ft torque on the Red Sport 400 model. They’re all bolted to a seven-speed auto gearbox.

2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

For the 2017 Audi A4, there is only one option in the 2.0L turbo-four that delivers 252hp and 273lb-ft torque. There is a performance model in the form of the S4 which uses a new 3.0L turbo V6 for 354hp and 369lb-ft torque.

What’s special about the Audi A4/S4 can be found in the cabin and it’s called the virtual cockpit. Instead of buttons here and there, the instrument cluster has a large touchscreen digital display that imparts a sense of sophistication backed by heady buffet of connectivity features.

2017 Audi A4 Virtual Cockpit

2017 Audi A4 Virtual Cockpit

The infotainment system on the Infiniti Q50 may be comparatively outdated, but the compact sedan makes up for it with innumerable driver assist features, safety tech, a 14-speaker Bose sound system, and upmarket goodies.

Would you take the more powerful Q50/Red Sport 400 over the more tech savvy Audi A4/S4? Or is the virtual cockpit irresistible?


3 Comments

Mike A · May 25, 2016 at 11:38 pm

I am trying to decide between these 2 cars myself. I do like how the Q50 is more powerful and has a sporty/stylish exterior, but I prefer the technology on the A4 (especially the virtual cockpit, wireless phone charger, and Apple CarPlay functionality). I may wait and see if the 2017 Q50 has Apple CarPlay support before I make a decision, though.

Kelvin H · May 27, 2016 at 4:25 am

It would have been nice to see a picture of the Audi virtual cockpit.

joe · May 27, 2016 at 5:32 am

Can’t you put up a picture of the Audi interior?

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