Infiniti may not be a prominent brand in the UK, but the brand had established its success in the US in 1989. But the company has gained attention within the UK market, particularly with its luxury compact crossover the EX. The EX was first only available with a 3.7-litre V6 petrol engine, but the range was expanded with a 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 based on the Renault unit. Since then the EX has become the biggest seller among Infiniti models in the UK, putting up a fight against the top of the line BMW X3 and Audi Q5.
Infiniti claims that the EX offers a shooting brake and an SUV-like model given its slight difference from usual mid-size of the SUV. The brand also claims the EX as close to the Audi A5 Sportback. What results is a style that does something different from the traditional bluff front of SUVs. Other distinct design elements include its curvaceous roofline that’s more improved than the X3, Land Rover Freelander, and Q5. The drag coefficient is also impressive for an SUV at 0.32. The EX model also derives elements from the Nissan/Infiniti FM platform and features a four-wheel drive system from the Nissan GT-R.
The interior itself also measures up to the standards of its capable rivals, with the switchgear including a sat-nav system, a start button, and a simple typeface consistent on all the buttons. In spite of having less interior space than the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, there’s enough room inside for four adults to sit comfortably.
The EX’s performance is impressive, with the EX37’s petrol engine achieving a 0 to 60mph sprint time in just 6.5 seconds. Although on paper the EX appears to need more revs for a complete performance, the model’s 215lb ft of torque can go as low as 1500rpm, which is actually useful in attaining that low-down urge. An alternative would be the diesel engine at 406lb ft, which enables you to lock the car into fourth gear and ease through difficult motorways and B-roads. Performance is retained as the oil-burner maintains a quiet yet smooth performance, even on its V6 diesel unit. Plus the V6 diesel matches well to the torque converter automatic gearbox, enabling the vehicle to arrive at 62mph after just eight seconds.
Steering is speed-sensitive and well weighted, allowing drivers to enjoy the right type of resistance and response along any road. You won’t have any problems enjoying the EX for daily use and focused driving.
Ride quality can be described as firm but has some problems finding the right balance between handling and comfort. Road surfaces with longer undulations lead to some body float. Uneven surfaces and sudden bumps from drain covers and potholes aren’t absorbed and cause a loud thump in the cabin. The EX also tends to go into tramlining. But if you are willing to go through the occasional bump, the EX is still able to deliver an overall comfortable and composed ride.
The interior has less space than the body’s length promises, as four adults won’t sit as comfortably as they would in rival models. Passengers at the back could feel cramped from the narrow rear windows and roofline slope.
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