Garry Fabian road tests and reviews the 2012 Infiniti FX30d.
When Nissan originally launched Infiniti back in the early 1990’s, it didn’t win many friends on the Australian market.
But now the brand has been relaunched in Australia and this time it offers quite a different selection of cars which come with an extensive list of features and attributes.
There are two ranges, the M sedans, and the FX range of cross-overs.
Our test model was the Infiniti FX30d which comes with a 3.0 litre turbo-diesel V6 engine with CVT transmission.
Acceleration is a touch on the disappointing side, especially given Infiniti, after all, has a reputation for driving performance in the luxury set that’s just shy of BMW.
Then again, perhaps expectations were too high for a heavy family car?
With no major performance frills power is however adequate. And with the twist of the Drive Mode Selector, with options like Standard, Sport, Eco and Snow, the FX30d can accommodate most any driving style and road condition.
The system simply adjusts throttle response and “shifting” on the CVT transmission to maximize the vehicles performance. It’s hard to recommend anything but the Sport mode, even for daily driving though.
There is no denying that the Infiniti FX30d has road presence, from the stylized chrome grille to the crescent shaped rear pillars. Infiniti has done an amazing job with body design and looking good is easily one of its strongest points.
And let’s not forget the standard 21-inch wheels.
Functionality also comes into play, with the front-facing camera uniquely hidden within the Infiniti emblem.
Though Infiniti’s new entry into the market looks like an SUV, the feeling is more of a souped-up mini-van.
Adding to the luxuries of standard key-less entry and a push button start, the interior is laid-out to accommodate seven passengers with easy access to the third row thanks to a second row passenger seat that can slide and tilt forward, even with a child seat fitted.
Combining up-scale cabin comfort with updated touch screen technology, the Infiniti FX30d is a product that spares no cost at affording best in class features for its buyers.
For an additional cost a Remote Engine Start System can accommodate interior warming and cooling, while all the other standard features you would expect are there – sat-nav, leather seats, ample leg and head room, and even an analogue clock, adding a touch of old-fashioned luxury.
The brand has also added other ambitious items like a standard power rear-lift gate as well as second and third-row moon roofs. However, for passengers in the 3rd row, there might be a real a sense of claustrophobic discomfort because of the cagey space.
Packed with safety aids, my test car also came fitted with Distance Control Assist (DCA), this system uses a combination of laser sensors as well as throttle and brake actuators, alerting the driver to ease off the throttle while applying the brakes in slowing traffic.
Backing out of the driveway just got safer too, with the help of Infiniti’s Backup Collision Intervention (BCI) system. BCI detects crossing vehicles and objects behind the SUV and, if necessary, will apply the brakes to avoid a collision.
Perhaps most handy for day-to-day chores is the Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection.
When the Infiniti FX30d is getting ready to roll or back up into a spot, the system shows a full 360-degree view around the car and can even detect moving objects crossing the front or rear of the vehicle, delivering visual and audible warnings to the driver.
While not in the economy price range for the average buyer, the all-round package does provide value for money.
With plenty of space and utility wrapped inside an incredibly attractive package there are few reasons, if any, to look elsewhere.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 3.0 litre V6 diesel producing 175kW and 550Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed CVT automatic
Safety: Five stars
Price: From $94,000