Infiniti EX

The Essentials

  • Price from £37,150
  • What Car? says: 1 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 33.2mpg
  • What is it? The sporty-looking lovechild of a coupe and a 4x4, the EX will burn a hole in your pocket and doesn't have much room for passengers or luggage.

Great

  • Attention-grabbing looks
  • High-class interior
  • Sports-car performance

Gripes

  • Lack of rear passenger and boot space
  • Expensive running costs
  • Uncertain residual values
  • Drive

    Fast and fun without compromising comfort

  • Inside

    High class, comfortable and stylish

  • Safety

    Six airbags, but no driver's kneebag

  • Reliability

    Shouldn't be a problem

  • Space

    Short of rear passenger room and boot space

  • Standard and extras

    All but the most frivolous gadgets are included

  • What's it like to drive?

    Just like a big sports car. The Infiniti EX37 may be a high-riding SUV but the powerful 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine will take you past 62mph in a little over six seconds, and it always has plenty of power on offer no matter what gear you're in. The 3.0-litre diesel isn't far behind and although noisier, it doesn't impinge too much on the car's refinement. Despite the overtly sporty character of the EX, it's still a comfortable car to spend time in whether you're showing off around town, or covering long distances on the motorway.

  • What's it like inside?

    Attractive, well built and classy. All the materials are high-quality and soft to touch, and the layout has most of the major controls falling easily to hand. The driver's seat is also very comfortable and a decent amount of adjustment means that it's a simple task to find a position that suits you. Unfortunately, your passengers won't be so comfy in the back, where the space is more restricted. Room is also at a premium in the boot, although the seats do fold up and down electrically - a good thing because you'll need the extra space.

  • How reliable is it?

    Six airbags and stability control come as standard to help keep you safe. As for reliability, much of the car's mechanical parts are shared with Nissan, which has a strong reputation, so we don't anticipate problems.

  • Should I buy one?

    Infiniti competes with other prestige marques such as BMW, but has a much smaller variety of models and engines and much higher prices. Running costs will also be high, even for the diesel model and there's a big question mark over resale values, too. At least you know you're getting a first-class product with lots of standard equipment and a dealership service and reliability record to match.