New 2018 Infiniti QX80: A Distinctive, Powerful Premium SUV

The 2018 QX80 invokes Infiniti’s “Powerful Elegance” design language in a bold new direction, creating a powerful, contemporary and commanding aesthetic.

Auto review by Veeno Dewan

“The 2018 QX80 invokes Infiniti’s “Powerful Elegance” design language in a bold new direction, creating a powerful, contemporary and commanding aesthetic.” Well that’s the tag line, but in reality, the 2018 QX80 is a full size, V8 powered luxury SUV that has available seating for seven, 3,800 kg of towing capacity, and every conceivable luxury you can imagine.  As standard on the QX80 is advanced 5.6-litre DOHC V8 engine, with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology, the V8 engine produces 400 hp (298 kW) and 413 lb ft of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission is fitted as standard to every

The inside of the QX80 is sumptuous and welcoming. For 2018, there is new leather upholstery with a very upscale quilting on the seating surfaces. Other luxury touches include new stitching throughout the cabin and shiny high-gloss  dark wood trim around the steering wheel, dash and door panels, centre stack and lower console, The rear seats are also supremely comfortable. There are dual rear headrest DVD displays that come with the Theater package and the availability of larger 8.0 inch screens with high-resolution capability. So now worries about keeping passengers entertained on long trips! Accessing the third row is uncomplicated thanks to the ingenious second-row seats that tumble forward via either a button in the center stack or a lever pull on the seat. The third row offers a decent enough space for a pair of adults on short journeys or for a couple of teens or kids on longer trips.

Of course, the V8 powered QX80 will punch your wallet at the gas station with fuel economy not great at 17.4 L/100km city, and 12.2 highway and 15.1 l/100km combined. Still not much to gripe about, a bit of dated infotainment system, but it still works. I have a bit of a soft spot for the QX80, It’s luxurious, super roomy, and just feels great to drive. The ultimate family cruiser.  Highly recommended.

2018 Infiniti QX80 MRSP $77,350 Plus options Total price as tested $88,295.

More info at infiniti.ca