Having won the Motorist Choice Awards, as well as a 5-Star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Infiniti are pretty smug about this vehicle that “holds seven without holding back.” Our expectations were high having heard several excellent reports about the Infiniti, we put it to the test on the Mexico-Guadalajara highway to see if it lives up to its reviews.
In the Driving Seat
Despite weighing 90 kg more than the Inspiration or Perfection QX60, lacking 15 hp as well as 5 lb-ft less torque, the performance of the hybrid compared to the two other giant tanks is very similar. It reaches 230 hp at 5,600 rpm, which is impressive for a hybrid. Once you get up to high speeds it maintains momentum no problem, and the brakes respond well. It took some getting used to the anti-collision braking system as it reacts swiftly to danger especially while reversing, though a pedestrian was saved from a nudge thanks to the Infiniti’s abrupt solo-stop.
With a fuel tank capacity of 74 L, the QX60 doesn’t measure up as well against a Mercedes Benz GLE-Class, which has a fuel tank capacity of 93 liters, although it is not the only vehicle in its class of that capacity. The Audi Q7 only takes 75 liters, so the hybrid QX60, is actually quite competitive in comparison. While 600 km was probably the limit for the QX60’s tank in our experience at high speeds over 150 km/h, less excitable drivers would probably find it could last longer. If you plan to use the third row only on occasion it is still a great option, though simply transporting more people on a regular basis would also probably merit a greater tank. What truly surprised us was that the seat which is basically in the trunk was perfectly comfortable for a grown man for half a day. In terms of efficiency, this hybrid crossover is not as fuel-efficient at speeds over 150 km/h, and while it should get 26-28 mpg, owners have reported fuel efficiency as low as 22 mpg in cities. This would be a point for improvement in Infiniti’s next update.
At almost 5 m long, seven adults fit snugly, though 2 rows of more compact passengers would have oceans of space in the back seats. The devil’s in the details, but the QX60 was painstakingly designed with particular features that make all the difference. Inside, the Infiniti is dotted with interior details inspired by the Japanese craft of Fuki-Urushi, which involves careful application of lacquer over wood grain in tiny strokes. This conserves the wood’s natural texture and pattern adding warmth to the luxurious interior, contrasted by slender chrome elements.
The navigation system is faultless, and the Around View Monitor also left little to be desired. The car alerts you when you get too close to an object and being able to see almost every angle of the car helps parking immensely. The sound system is spot-on, provided by Bose, and can be used even while the rear entertainment screens are in use with headphones. Endless cubby holes, most of which are cup shaped to fit various sizes, wireless headphones automatically connected to the rear seats’ screens, and Bluetooth connection for phone calls all contribute to the comfort of the vehicle in such simple ways but which become indispensable once you get used to having them.
Nevertheless, the pattern of carefully considered details continues outside the vehicle. Chrome exterior handles on the front doors with spotlights add interest and pinpoint the grips to make them easier to find in the dark. The grille curves into a self-assured grin under the robust lines boldly streaming the hood, and leading into the horizontal crease along the doors. The zig-zag indent in the rear window frame adds interest to the back and gives the impression of the car moving at speed even while stationary.
This spec of the Infiniti offers superior comfort for both the passengers and the driver, the seats are sumptuous and the technology is close to spot on everything you could need on a long trip. Its lines are elegant, especially for an SUV, and for their first-ever hybrid crossover this shows what imagination can achieve. We imagine it could be even better with a diesel engine, as this would boost the areas in which it is lacking, namely torque and fuel efficiency. With a better propulsion system behind it the QX60 could be even more exciting to drive, though, we must admit that for snoozing in the back seat, this is the perfect road-trip vehicle, and overall greatly exceeded our expectations.
At a glance
Model: QX60 Hybrid
Engine: 4 cylinder 2.5 liters
Power: 230 hp @ 5,600 rpm (combustion and hybrid combined)
MPG: 28 mpg (highway)
- 0-100 Km/h in 10.7 seconds
- Intelligent All Wheel Drive
- Sliding second row seats
- Tri-zone Automotive Temperature Control
- Automatic Bi- Xenon Headlights with HID technology
- Moonroof with tinted glass and sunroof
- Backup Collision Intervention