If you like buttons, you’ll love the Infiniti QX56
“Nice car”, said the Valet who took the Infiniti QX56 from me when I test drove it to Al-Ain over a long weekend. The slightly-over-an-hour long journey was one of the most comfortable rides I’ve experienced in a car. In fact, it was so comfortable that I didn’t even realize I was well above the speed limit until I got the notification for the speeding ticket a few weeks later.
This is thanks to the 5.6-litre V8 engine with 400 hp can sure take you faster than the speeding limit before you realize it. While the Leather-appointed seating with semi-aniline leather seating surfaces will make you feel as though you are flying in your own private jet. In fact, in terms of luxury, the QX56 ranks above almost everything that we have reviewed so far.
So we have established that the Infiniti QX56 has the muscle and the beauty- but does it also have the technology? Judging by the number of buttons present on QX56, that answer to that is a resounding yes. Almost everything that we have praised any car for, as far tech is concerned, is present on the QX56- such as getting in the car which simply requires you to have the FOB in your pocket to unlock the doors and start the car using the Start/Stop button.
Once inside, you have a beautiful wood-finished steering wheel with four buttons and a rocker switch on each side of the wheel that can become a bit confusing and overwhelming. Once you get past that initial shock, you realize that you get access to everything directly from your wheel- from media controls to telephone functionality. The dashboard is a bit on the disappointing side though. While the speedometer and tachometer look pretty wicked, the single color low resolution screen that sits between them looks completely out of place in a car that is so big on tech.
Coming to the safety features, the Infiniti QX56 has an adaptive cruise control that automatically slows you down if the car ahead of you does so and speeds it back up to your set limit when the road ahead is cleared. You also have a blind-spot warning in the form of an indicator light on the side-view mirror that lights up if it detects another vehicle in your blind spot using radar technology. We’ve seen this on other cars but the QX56 goes a step forward and if you indicate a lane change, the lights flash along with audible warning sounds.
Lane Departure Warning and Prevention systems are also present on the QX56 that basically use a small camera installed behind the windshield to detect lane markers in front of the vehicle, calculate its position relative to those lane markers and help warn the driver of a potential unintended lane departure. If the driver does not return the vehicle back toward the center of the travel lane, the LDP system assists the driver with a gentle application of the brakes on the opposite side of the drift.