Infiniti EX37 Infiniti is quite boastful of the aerodynamics, which is better than that of its key rivals in this segment.
Infiniti is quite boastful of the aerodynamics, which is better than that of its key rivals in this segment. This is mainly due to the Infiniti EX's sleek, slippery bodywork with its Scratch shield paint. This finish is unique to Infiniti. The top coat contains an elastic resin, which cleverly "fills in" light scratches when exposed to heat.
The low-slung body on a long wheelbase also contributes to the aerodynamics, as does the sloping roof but, at 1.58 metres high, 4.64 metres in length and 1.80 metres wide (with the large door mirrors folded) one would expect a good bit more legroom in the back.
The rake of the roof means that the rear headrests, and therefore the passenger's heads, are very close to the lining and even behind the shortest front passenger, there still isn't a great deal of legroom.
As well as being slightly claustrophobic, a sensation aided by the dark privacy glass, the small sunroof at the front of the Infiniti EX's cabin, does little to lighten the area. Furthermore, an elderly but agile rear passenger had trouble getting in and out of the rear seats. He complained that the doors weren't wide enough and the combination of a deep footwell and tall sills represented another obstacle. In short, he wasn't impressed, especially when he learnt of the £41,080 price tag.
He wasn't the only one and the consensus was that comfort and practicality seemed to have been forsaken in the name of design. Taken as a whole, that is quite odd because the Infiniti EX37 has clearly had a great deal of attention paid to it - especially in terms of materials and accessories within the cabin. The GT and GT Premium versions, for instance, have leather-clad seat in a choice of four colours; graphite, stone, wheat and chestnut. The choice should be considered at length, as the coloured leather extends to the deep, lower part of the fascia. The Infiniti EX37 test car was specified with the chestnut, which is a curious, maroon colour and more than a little overwhelming and the more traditional colours are probably best.
The fascia of the GT Premium, like the GT, has a hand-stained maple wood surround to the main controls and oval analogue clock, whereas in the basic (hardly) Infiniti EX, this is replaced with black lacquer and aluminium trimmings.
Above is a deeply recessed section that houses the touch-screen for the Connectiviti+ system, which comprises 30GB HDD navigation, with 3D content and Michelin guides. There's an RDS-TMC audio system with MP3 compatibility and 10GB of storage in the Infiniti Music Box, which comes with the Gracenote information database.
The system can be set up via the large Infiniti Controller dial, just in front of the screen, alternatively, some elements have voice recognition and others have secondary controls on the steering wheel.
There is also a rearview camera included in the package but if you want to amaze your friends, you will need to opt for the GT Premium, which comes with something called Around View Monitor or AVM. With this technology on board, whenever reverse is selected, a birds-eye image of the car appears on the display screen. It is not a digital representation, as such, because it shows the real world, outside the car, right down to the vehicles either side, and the lines of the parking bays.
How is it done? Well, one passenger suggested a satellite image, which isn't as daft as it seems - in fact the clarity and lack of distortion is such that that idea is very convincing. But no, it is, in fact all done with mirrors…and cameras. These are positioned front and rear of the car and underneath the door-mirror housings. The result is very impressive and accurate.
Infiniti EX Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Infiniti EX37 GT Premium|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||7.9 seconds|
|Top Speed||137 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||39.2 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 16/06/10)||£41,080|