Not as fun or as comfortable as many rivals
Supportive seats, but visibility is poor
Scores well on both counts
Shouldn't be much to worry about
Just for two and boot is comromised
All 370Z models come pretty well equipped
The 370Z lives up to its muscle-car looks, thanks to a 324bhp 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine, which blasts the car from 0-60mph in less than six seconds. Although peak power doesn't arrive until you're approaching the redline, it's impressively strong at low- and mid-range revs, too. Unfortunately, the 370Z doesn't produce the sort of creamy V6 howl you'd hope for; instead its engine emits a coarse, throaty growl and sends lots of vibration to the steering wheel and the pedals. To make matters worse, there's also a lot of road noise, particularly on coarse surfaces and in the wet. The gearchange is heavy and notchy, too. On the plus side, the 370Z turns sharply into bends, and has strong grip and meaty steering. Manual cars benefit from a traction- and stability-enhancing limited-slip differential (it's an option on the automatic). However, the ride is firm and the Nissan isn't as agile as rivals such as the Audi TT.
The interior looks suitably sporty, with hooded dials and lashings of silver trim. However, some of the plastics and switches feel cheap, and the overall design looks dated. The driver's seat is well bolstered and models with leather upholstery have suede-like seat centres to stop you sliding around during hard cornering. The instrument dials move in unison with the steering wheel, ensuring a clear line of sight. However, the steering wheel adjusts only for height, not reach, and over-the-shoulder vision is poor. There's plenty of space for driver and front passenger (the 370Z is a two-seater), and there are several useful cubbyholes for your things. However, the boot is awkwardly shaped and shallow, so you'll have to pack light. Every 370Z includes alloy wheels, electrically adjustable seats, automatic xenon headlamps and Bluetooth. GT models get heated leather and suede seats, a CD changer and cruise control.
Nissan has a decent reliability record, and finished 10th out of 36 manufacturers in What Car?'s latest reliability survey. It fits the 370Z with stability control and front, side and curtain airbags, as well as active anti-whiplash restraints. Deadlocks, locking wheelnuts and an alarm make life difficult for thieves.
The 370Z looks fairly good value considering how much power you get. However, an Audi TT 2.0 TFSI 211 is almost as fast and costs less to buy. The Nissan is also pricey to run, with a claimed average of just 27mpg - and you won't get anywhere near that if you regularly put your foot down. High CO2 emissions mean you'll be charged a fortune for road tax, too.