Auto review by Veeno Dewan
The 2021 QX80 is a full size, V8 powered luxury SUV that has available seating for seven or eight, 3,800 kg of towing capacity, and every conceivable luxury you can imagine. It is a large, imposing, handsome looking SUV with real presence. I The QX80 has standard second-row captain’s chairs that can be swapped for a three-seat bench.
I. Like the square shouldered lines and deep cabin windows. For 2021, Infiniti has made a few changes to the QX80 and added standard driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. The QX80 Premium Select now features unique styling elements, including dark-chrome exterior trim, 22-inch wheels, and matte-brown interior trim. The Sensory model is the most luxurious, and comes with extra outside chrome details, quilted semi-aniline leather upholstery and burl wood trim on the inside. Advanced driver-assistance technology includes: Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, and Standard adaptive cruise control
As standard on the QX80 is a sophisticated 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 standard with optional four-wheel drive — all-Mode 4WD with a computer-controlled transfer case and three settings (Auto, 4H and 4L). Available Hydraulic Body Motion Control limits excess body roll under more severe cornering along with hydraulically controlled suspension. Our fully loaded tester came with base price of $87,998 with no options. MRSP with freight and PDE came to $90,093.
The inside of the QX80 is sumptuous and welcoming. There is leather upholstery with a very upscale quilting on the seating surfaces. Other luxury touches include new stitching throughout the cabin and dark charcoal burl wood trim around the steering wheel, dash and door panels, centre stack and lower console. Equipment features: a power-adjustable heated steering heat, second-row captain’s chairs, a 13-speaker Bose stereo system, in-dash navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and adaptive cruise control. The QX80 comes with 12-volt outlets and four USB ports. The optional Theater package adds another USB port and a 120-volt outlet. It also includes the rear-seat entertainment system, consisting of two 8.0-inch screens fitted to the back of the front-seat headrests- good to keep rear passengers entertained on long trips.
Accessing the third row is easy 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. While the Infiniti’s interior is comfortable and quiet, the design is looking a bit dated, especially the touch screen system. Still, the spacious cabin is well built, luxurious and includes the as standard third row. The Infiniti has ample interior cubby space, and it holds the most cargo, 17 cu ft behind the third row among similar-size rivals.
On the road, I just loved the high driving position and the excellent visibility all round. There is that nice V8 bark on starting up that settles in to that confident rumble. The available 400 hp is nicely metered out, not that you will need it a lot – the engine’s smooth power and the firm, precise transmission ensure efficient power delivery. On the highway – the power is delivered with gusto and the QX80 makes short work of long drives, coddling its occupant in a quiet, vibration free luxury cabin Around town, the Infiniti handles well in low speed conditions , while the on board cameras help in parking and reversing. Don’t expect agile handling or sporty pretensions, the QX80 is big in all dimensions and heavy as well. Of course, the V8 will demand more than its share of gasoline with fuel economy at 17.8 L/100km city, and 12.3 highway and 15.3 l/100km combined.
The QX80 earned a four-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Every model also has standard driver-assistance technology such as forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking. Negatives are few- the QX80- is getting on a bit and could do with a makeover to compete with the newer competition. Pros include the – strong and willing powerful V8 engine that delivers plentiful acceleration. There is good handling and braking for such a big SUV, and there is the seven or eight passenger seating with 8,500 pounds of maximum towing capacity. I do have bit of a soft spot for the QX80. I tis one of my favorite full-size SUVs. It’s luxurious, super roomy, and just feels great to drive. The ultimate family cruiser. Highly recommended for large families who may want to tow a boat or trailer in high class style.
2021 Infiniti QX80 Priced as tested with freight and PDE-$90,093
More info at www.infiniti.com