An SUV that acts like a sports car
"Its main identity has stayed the same: a mid-size luxury SUV with its priorities set on sporty looks and driving dynamics."
"Interior is nicely built but starting to look and feel outdated now."
"Driving the QX70 is still pleasurable to me!" said Issam.
Obviously I’ve driven many vehicles during my motoring journalism career but some vehicles leave a mark, others give you appreciation and some others are just four-wheel vehicles that barely make an impression. Originally launched as the FX with FX35, FX37, FX45, and FX50; today, it stands as the QX70. Here I am, driving the 2018 QX70.
I know quite well that it is the oldest model among Infiniti’s lineup that hasn’t yet been drastically changed. Its main identity has stayed the same: a mid-size luxury SUV with its priorities set on sporty looks and driving dynamics. Many people will surely say that the model is too outdated, either in terms of exterior looks or interior. That’s a double-sided opinion. I see it as a successful model for Infiniti and that’s why it hasn’t been changed throughout the years. But now it is time for a change, especially with the new design direction of Infiniti that started with the Q50, Q30, etc…
So how does it drive?
Unsurprisingly, the QX70 is super fun to drive for a heavy and tall SUV. The long hood arching over the fenders makes pointing the QX70 so easy. Still, my concerns are about the synchronization of the suspensions as it gives you a stiff ride most of the time, even though it is still a good SUV for long driving journeys. Visibility from the front hood is fine but in some cases on the road, you have a few blind angles from the back where you can’t see the car that is taking over you.
The most noticeable thing is the fuel consumption. If you want to drive it the sporty way most of the time, you have to make sure to budget and plan to visit gas stations frequently. When cruising on the highway towards North Lebanon, the engine is distinguished and comfortable with the seven-speed automatic gearbox doing a respectable job of keeping the engine in the optimal rev range.
While it tangibly isn’t the best-in-class, there are still bits to like about the QX70, such as the engine, space, build quality and standard equipment levels. If you’re after an unmistakable premium SUV selection, the Infiniti QX70 is a substance worth taking a closer look at.
Rivals: BMW X5, BMW X6, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne
Pros: Loads of options in one trim, sporty handling, fun to drive, attractive
Cons: Steering is heavy at low speeds, wide but shallow rear trunk, showing its age
3.5 / 5 stars
one word: peppy
3.7L DOHC V6, 329 hp @ 7,000 rpm, 360 Nm @ 5,200 rpm
7-speed automatic, Intelligent AWD
0-100 km/h: 6.3 secs, top speed: 230 km/h, fuel consumption: 14.6 L/100 km (mountain and city), 10.7 L/100 km (highway)
Weight: 1,995 kg