Infiniti FX50S

It’s another monster suv-coupe crossover from Infiniti

Evo rating
Price
from £55,000
  • Rivals the X6
  • Did the X6 need a rival?

The Russians love this car, which might just tell you all you need to know. That’s right, the FX50S has gone down a storm in almost every market it’s been launched in, the key zones being America, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union.

Its appeal is based to a perhaps unprecedented extent on how it looks. Name another good-looking SUV. Hard, isn’t it? Loath though I am to admit it, this long-prowed, low-roofed, 21-inched FX has a real something about it.

In many ways it’s the worst of cars – a pseudo-SUV that’s enormously proud of its pseudo-sporty demeanour. What’s stopping me sticking the knife in completely is that it does actually drive very well – X6 and Cayenne-rivalling levels of grip, poise and tactility plus a surfeit of power from its 5-litre V8. But £55,000 for a modestly-proportioned interior constructed from Freelander-level materials means beauty is only skin-deep.

Of course the FX isn’t a conventional family holdall, but the fickle urbanite market it’s pursuing in Europe is drying up, making things tough not only for the V8 flagship, but also the more socially and financially acceptable £42,000 FX37 GT, powered by the coupe’s V6. Then there’s the £36,000 EX37 – a low-fat FX with some of the visual and driver appeal but less assertive and confident.

So here’s the thing. Thinking of buying an X6? Neither was I. But if, through some baffling momentary lapse, I did fancy a curious crossover, I’d go for this one. And change my name to Oleg.                

Specifications

Most Popular

High performance Aston Martin DBX to be ‘most powerful luxury SUV’ on sale
Aston Teaser
Aston Martin DBX

High performance Aston Martin DBX to be ‘most powerful luxury SUV’ on sale

Aston’s high performance DBX to be revealed on Feb 1 and pack a whole lot more power
18 Jan 2022
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience
Porsche 911 GT3 Touring eCoty – front tracking
Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche 911 GT3 Touring 2022 review – pairing the magnificent 992 GT3 experience to a more subtle audience

There are few, if any, more rewarding, engaging or intense experiences for those in pursuit of the thrill of driving
7 Jan 2022
Morgan Plus Four LM62 limited edition celebrates anniversary of Le Mans triumph
Morgan Plus Four LM62 – front
Morgan Plus 4

Morgan Plus Four LM62 limited edition celebrates anniversary of Le Mans triumph

Special Edition Morgan to celebrate 60 years since its class win at Le Mans
18 Jan 2022