£43,770 - £55,270 Price range
20 - 23 MPG
The Infiniti QX70 is a love-it-or-loathe-it SUV, mainly because of its unconventional looks; Infiniti claim that they carried through the concept car’s looks into the road car, which might be true. The monstrous bonnet, slim lights, and curving back mean that you’ll draw plenty of attention when you’re driving one.
The driving dynamics are less Marmite though, being up there with the best in its class; the chassis is superb and makes the QX70 genuinely fun to drive on the back roads whilst also being quiet and refined on motorways.
Infiniti are renowned for the high level of customer service that they give their cars’ owners, which is a gift that keeps on giving; they’ll even collect and deliver your car when it is time to get it serviced – and will travel up to 150 miles to do so!
You sit quite low inside the Infiniti QX70, and the dashboard swoops round you, making it feel smaller inside than it actually is. It’s a terrific piece of design though, and has a premium feel to it. It’s generously equipped, including a 360-degree camera system which the experts thought was an essential touch and allows you to park with confidence.
There is enough space to seat adults in the back although you might struggle for luggage space as the boot is quite small.
The way that the QX70 drives has been described as terrific and stupidly competent, mainly thanks to the rear-biased four-wheel drive system and four-wheel steering. The damping is good too, although most felt that the Sport setting was a bit too firm for British roads, preferring to leave it in Normal. Some also felt that the brakes on the early cars weren’t quite up to the job either.
It is definitely biased towards road use though, so if you need genuine mud-plugging ability then you’d be better looking elsewhere.
The petrol engine is powerful, sounds great, but is very thirsty. The diesel engine, by way of contrast, doesn’t sound as good, but is powerful, posts similar performance, gives effortless overtaking, and is economical.
Infiniti load their cars with equipment, so they tend to be good value when you compare them to others who might have a lower basic price but need speccing-up to match them.
Infiniti QX70 GT and GT Premium
Entry-level GT cars come with 20-inch alloy wheels, bi-Xenon headlights, keyless entry, an electric glass sunroof and rain-sensing wipers. The Premium adds to that an upgraded infotainment system with sat-nav and 30GB space for music, Bose stereo with 11 speakers and emergency city braking.
Infiniti QX70 S and S Premium
The S model gets even larger 21-inch wheels, sculpted sports front seats, rear-wheel steering and adaptive dampers. The S Premium brings adaptive cruise control and a park assist with an all round view along with all the equipment of the GT Premium model.
It might be a bit left-field but the Infiniti is well worth looking at if you are in the market for a premium SUV and makes an interesting alternative to the Range Rover Sport or Porsche Cayenne.
It would be a terrific car for anyone who wants (or needs) and SUV that drives more like a sports car, but just remember that this comes at a price.