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Brutal comfort

2015-05-18 12:05

The Infiniti QX80 does rough roads and fast corners with equal aplomb.

Kyle Venktess

THE only way for me to describe the Infiniti QX80 is brutal comfort.

In this ute, SA’s well-heeled buyers finally have competition for the Range Rover Evoque and (dare I say it?) even the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Competing in the very competitive niche for large SUVs, the QX80 can take on any terrain. Infiniti marketed the vehicle as being “First Class Luxury Everyday”, the interior of the vehicle staying true to this.

Keyless entry is standard, but the 23 cm ground clearance makes this a stepping-up process for the shorter person.

Once inside, the vehicle is reminiscent of a British Airways seat, especially for rear passengers who each have their own headrest monitors.

The leg room between the first and second rows is wide enough for an adult passengers to sit on the floor (please don’t try this while driving).

A third row of “economy class”, seats ditches the headrest monitors, but still offering own air vent controls — and even here adult passengers can get comfortable.

Ininfity trusted QX80’s off-road abilities enough to pit five KZN motoring journalists in it over hill and dale in our green province.

The QX80 navigated boulders, steep rocky passes and rivers with aplomb, the hydraulic body motion control system keeping the SUV level over the rocks while the 5,6-litre V8 (298 kW/ 560 Nm) growled happily under the hood.

Around fast corners, the hydraulic motion control also keeps the big body planted on those massive 22-inch rims shod with 275/50R22 all-terrain tyres. The spare wheel is aluminium “marie biscuit” 260/60R20, which real bundu basers will want to change, but real bundu bashers will probably choose a Cruiser, Patrol or G-Wagen.

The QX80 has a lot of tech built in, including the around view monitor to detect moving and stationary objects and alert the driver to avoid bumping into them.

On the sound frontier, the in-dash CD-DVD player complete with Bluetooth, auxiliary and audio video inputs are complimented by Bose Cabin Surround 15-inch speakers which includes two subwoofers.

And if your passengers want their own music, two pairs of wireless headphones are included. Hopefully the next vehicle will offer HD monitors.

Price:

5,6 V8 Infiniti QX80 R1 238 000


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