Looks are deceiving with QX80
Say what you may, but it is almost impossible not to admire the attitude of the Infiniti QX80. Despite disparaging remarks about its looks and size, this big SUV is defiantly unapologetic, standing tall and proud in a like-it-or-lump it scoff at critics.
In fact, if attitude alone sold cars, then the QX80, would be well poised to leave a more noticeable footprint in the Australian market, mirroring the success it has found especially in North America and the Middle East.
Infiniti has gladdened the odds, making changes to both the exterior and the underpinnings of the QX80 to show that different has its advantages too.
Let’s face it the QX80 is hardly the shy and retiring type, no wallflower here friend, just bold brash and hard to miss. Infiniti have made more than a handful of exterior changes, mostly in response to the polarising style of the original model which arrived here some three years ago.
So, there is a redesigned tailgate and grille, new LED headlights and tail lights and a longer, higher bonnet. The side steps are wider, the bumper is new and there is an abundance of chrome. All in all it makes for sharper, sleeker QX80, probably still not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love the uniqueness of the proposition.
The changes to the interior are minimal, at the very least, with an updated centre console, upsized front cup-holders, a new gear stick and quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery. The latter is a good balance between functionality and looks. While these changes are a step in the right direction, the cabin fixtures and design which looked so flash in the Infiniti line a couple of years ago, is starting to look dated.
It is hard to complain about the space and comfort the QX80 offers though with more than enough room to swing a cat (not that any cats were swung) even in the third row. There is room aplenty for heads, shoulders and feet and credible luggage storage even with the third row in place. The Infiniti can be ordered in either seven or eight seats with two Isofix points in the second row.
Climate control options in the second and third rows add to the creature comforts with passengers in the second row also getting 8.0inch entertainment screens. The third row can be electronically raised and lowered with entry through the 60:40 split second row.
The Infiniti QX80 is bold and brash and now, better looking, too.