2018 Infiniti QX80 Review | Asian Car Guide
November 15, 2019

2018 Infiniti QX80 Review

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Bold statements are usually backed by big ambitions. The QX80 is the brand’s equivalent of a big, bold proportions motoring statement – a seven-seat Airbus of a car, driven by a sizeable 5.6-litre V8 engine, with aluminium-alloy block and heads.

While considerably larger in size, the QX80 is positioned against cars like the more expensive Lexus LX570, Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GLS.

Infiniti does not consider the new QX80 to be its top model, but its grandest vehicle manufactured at present.

It does exemplify Infiniti’s presence in the Upper Large Luxury SUV segment, at 5,340mm in length, 1,945mm tall with roof rails and 2,265mm wide including mirrors.

2018 infiniti qx80 interiorThe design of the QX80 is not conservative; it employs gigantism as its primary stylistic philosophy, posing as a fashion statement for industry top-dogs with a ‘Commanding Presence” on the road and a move away from smooth rounded curves in favour of more angular shapes.

The unorthodox frontal design is sure to divide opinions.

Once you get past the slightly awkward fascia most of the car’s proportions hit the right notes; the ride height gives the QX80 the perfect SUV stance, while the car’s new profile is organic and muscular viewed from side, rear or front.

Inside, the QX80 is as spacious as spacious gets. You enjoy a high driving position and a great view of the road ahead, while heated and ventilated seats in the front redefine cabin comfort.

Furnished in upscale materials, the QX80 is one of the most luxurious, highest-quality passenger compartments created by Infiniti to date.

There are an overwhelming number of controls and the 8.0-inch infotainment system offers a high 960 x 540-pixel resolution.

The cabin has an air of opulence. As for the second row, passengers get two airline-style “captains chairs” which remotely flip for rear-row entry, with dual 8.0-inch colour headrest monitors and headphones for playback of games and movies.

Two further USB ports have been added to the rear for mobile device charging.

The adjustable last row is purposed predominantly for children, who can sit in comfort on shorter drives.

There is generous space for front and rear passengers. In the front, the passengers enjoy headroom of up to 1,013mm, while the second-row gets 1,015mm and the third, 935mm.

With all the three rows of seats in place there is only 470 litres of storage, but with seats folded down, this expands to 1,405 litres, a capacity many cars can only dream about.

The new QX80 is best enjoyed as an “airline experience” from the second row.

Given its size, you might think that driving the QX80 might be an absolute pain but to my surprise, it is as easy to manoeuvre as a Jaguar F-PACE.

The powerful 5.6-litre (5,552cc) 32-valve direct injection V8 engine which puts 298kW of power and 560Nm of torque at your disposal is surprisingly nimble on the road despite its sizeable proportions and monumental presence.

Although weighing in at 2,783kg (Tare mass), the QX80 does the century sprint in a respectable 7.5 seconds.

Car speed picks up nice and steadily, and gear changes from the smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmissions are calm and quick.

You may think that the QX80’s body-on-frame construction means it conforms to the behaviour of a truck, but no … the ride quality is outstanding and the Hydraulic Body Motion Control (HBMC) helps stabilise the body during manoeuvres, providing a more car-like ride.

As the car corners and its body starts to lean, HBMC firms up the suspension on one side to counter that effect.

Standard with four-wheel drive, the QX80 features Infiniti’s proven All-Mode 4WD system with computer-controlled transfer case, offers settings of Auto, 4WD High and 4WD Low.

It has 22″ forged aluminium-alloy wheels with new 18-spoke design.

The new Infiniti QX80 has choice of seven contemporary exterior colours of which three are new, and one interior trim and upholstery option, and is priced at $110,900 plus on road costs.

2018 infiniti qx80 side and rear2018 Infiniti QX80 Pricing and Specifications:

  • Price: unchanged at $110,900 plus on-road costs metallic paint extra $1,500
  • Engine: 5.6-litre eight-cylinder petrol V8 engine 4WD
  • Power: 298kW at 5,800rpm
  • Torque: 560Nm at 4,000rpm
  • Transmission: Seven-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift Control
  • Fuel: 14.5L/100km (ADR Combined)
  • CO2: 341g/km (ADR Combined)
  • Warranty: 4 years/100,000km