2015 Infiniti QX70 | new car review

Posted on May 11, 2015 by
2015 Infiniti QX70
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AEDAED 173,000 - 225,000
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  • 2015 QX70
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 40%
  • Interior
    Editor: 40%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 80%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 60%

Review Summary:

The is a mid-size crossover that was formerly referred to as the FX right from its inception in 2003 until 2013 when Infiniti decided to go on a renaming spree. The Lexus RX and Audi Q5 are just two of the many competitors the QX70 goes up against.

Pros

Decent amount of tech to improve the ride and handling of the QX70

Cons

External appearance and interior design need a makeover.

Looks

The first generation model of the QX70 ran from 2003 to 2008 and I’d like to think it stuck around for only six years because it wasn’t very pretty. But then in 2009, the second generation model emerged and all of a sudden, that first generation model became so much more desirable. I’m not sure if it’s the awkward headlights or just the structure of the QX70, but the only thing that comes to mind whenever I see one, is a wild boar.

2014 Infiniti QX70 front

Feels

Boring, dull, monotonous, call it what you may but the lack of creativity in the 2015 Infiniti QX70 is dreadful. Of course, it all feels very good because it is an Infiniti but that tired centre console and poorly designed steering wheel are in dire need of an immediate makeover.

2014 Infiniti QX70 interior

Engineering

With the engine’s weight toward the center and the wheels pushed to the corners, the balance of the QX70 is believed to enhance its handling. With the optional Continuous Damping Control (CDC®) the car automatically tightens or softens the suspension when you’re cornering or cruising, or allows you to manually set sports mode. Additionally, the Rear Active Steer system turns the rear wheels for a sharper turn-in as well.

2014 Infiniti QX70 rear

What’s on offer?

Under the curvaceous hood sits either a 3.7 litre V6 or a 5.0 litre V8. Although both engines are mated to a 7 speed automatic transmission, the former churns out 329 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque, while the latter ups the ante to 390 horsepower and a ground shaking 500 Nm of torque. With power being sent to all four wheels, the 3.7 litre completes a 0 – 100 km/h run in 6.3 seconds, while the 5.0 litre tidies it up in 5.6 seconds.

2014 Infiniti QX70 top

Summing it…

If it isn’t this Japanese luxury crossover that gets you weak in the knees, you could always jump ship to Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus and pick up the better looking RX for a similar amount of dough. But, that would be a silly move because you’d have ignored the wonderful Audi Q5 that costs just AED 170,000!2014 Infiniti QX70 side

 

Specifications

Specifications2015 Infiniti QX70 - 3.7L2015 Infiniti QX70 - 5.0L
Engine/ Cylinders3.7 litre / V65.0 litre / V8
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
329 hp @ 7,000 RPM390 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
360 Nm @ 5,200 RPM500 Nm @ 4,400 RPM
Tranmission7 speed automatic7 speed automatic
DriveAll wheel driveAll wheel drive
0-100 km/h6.3 secs5.6 secs
Top speed230 km/h250 km/h
PriceAED 173,000 - 205,000AED 225,000

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