In an increasingly SUV-dominated market, where automakers are poking new models into every tiny hole in their product range, traditional terminology has been compromised. (What the hell does “crossover coupe” mean?) Up until now, compromising has been a given when it comes to combining the practical versatility of an SUV with the sleek design of a two-door sports car – but Infiniti may have cracked the compromise code with the brand new one QX55 for 2022.
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Based on the conventional QX50 SUV, the QX55 manages to maintain the upscale feeling of cabin space, cargo space and other SUV attributes while smoothing its profile for maximum sexuality. In this regard, it succeeds where major competitors like the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC300 come up short. Despite a tempting value proposition towards the Bimmer and the Benz, compromises remain among the residents of this small corner of the SUV country.
For full context, follow the link above for the comprehensive review from Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman. Read on for a summary of the pros and cons.
Here are five things we like about the 2022 Infiniti QX55 and four things we don’t like:
Things we like
1. It gets the roof line right
When SUVs get the sporty coupe treatment, the windswept roofline often blows proportions off balance. The QX55 not only avoids this problem, it actually manages it improve in the look of the QX50, with a molded, swoopy design that goes well with it.
2. Coupé, not cooped up
Another danger of “cupping” a crossover is that a slimmer woman often gets headroom. Not so with the QX55, which skilfully avoids the coupé cramp of the X4.
3. The rear view is a clear view
Another clear advantage of the QX55 over many shaved SUVs is hindsight. Bragman characterizes the rear view as “almost normal,” which sounds like a weak praise, but is a heartfelt compliment given the limited sight lines of major luxury competitors.
4 You Can Take it with you
The QX55’s 26.9 cubic feet of cargo space increases to 54.1 cubic feet when the rear seats are moved forward – surprisingly good for measurements in this class. Here, too, BMW and Mercedes are comfortable in comparison (of course, depending on how implicitly you trust the manufacturer sometimes questionable cargo specifications).
5. The price is right
The QX55 starts at less than $ 48,000 – about five grand less than the similarly equipped X4 and GLC300 (price estimates factor in a target fee). Depending on what the advantages of the QX55 over its competitors over its shortcomings, it can save several thousand dollars.
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Things we don’t do
1. Why two when one?
The multimedia setup with two screens divides functions such as navigation, stereo system and climate control without an overriding reason. The result is two screens that are harder to get to, harder to read, and ultimately harder to use than if combined into a larger single screen.
2. Low ceiling, high seating
The seating position has not been lowered to match the roofline, and while the headroom remains comfortable, the effect is somewhat uncomfortable “riding on a bar stool,” as Bragman describes in his review.
3. Lower interior
The QX55 is characterized by high quality materials and a rightly first class overall feel, and that is the problem. “Premium” is trumped by “Luxus”, and the latter is a card the Germans can play – to see Infinitis “excellent” and make it a “special”.
4. Shut up
Overall, the QX55’s lack of athletic performance relative to its performance is perfectly okay, even preferable when it comes to its smooth, well-controlled handling. However, when it comes to steering feel, at least a little Feedback would be nice. Bragman compares the deafness to a video game.
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