The Infiniti QX50 is a sporty 4x4 with a hint of coupe about it. The interior is sturdily constructed, and it’s packed with gadgets and equipment.
It costs far too much to buy, running costs are very high, rear space is cramped and the boot is surprisingly small.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
There are two engines to choose from, and neither is a slouch. With the 3.7-litre V6 engine, performance away from rest is in the sports car league: you'll dash past 62mph in a little over six seconds, and there’s loads of power in the mid-range, too. The diesel model isn’t quite as quick, but the 3.0-litre engine still shifts the QX50’s bulk smoothly and swiftly.
Ride & Handling
In spite of the QX50's size, it feels nice and nimble. It doesn't have the tactile qualities of a sports car, but it's not bad for a 4x4. There's a limited amount of body lean through corners, but plenty of grip and a decent amount of feel, too. However, the payoff for this cornering ability is a rather lumpy ride at all speeds.
The petrol-engined QX50 provides the right sort of noise when you want it, but is pleasantly relaxed when you just want to cruise: there’s a small amount of wind noise, but not much engine- or tyre noise on the motorway. The diesel isn’t quite as impressive: the engine sends some vibrations through the driver’s seat at idle and is a little gruff until it’s warm, but on the move it’s hard to fault.