If you like buttons, you’ll love the Infiniti QX56
The QX56 is pretty big car which can, at times, make it hard to look around it- especially if you are reversing. Rear view cameras are becoming standard in most luxury cars so Infiniti went one-up and added something called an “Around View” giving the driver a virtual 360 degrees view of the car. It works quite well giving you a top-down view of whats around you. Since this is the first car I’ve received with a 360 camera it took a while for me to get used to it but once I did, it made the rear-view only camera on other cars look like something from the last decade.
On the entertainment side, you have a Bose 2-channel, 13-speaker Premium Audio System with two subwoofers that can certainly produce a punch- or two. The speakers on the 3rd row are headliner mounted ensuring that sound quality is not compromised by obstructions such as luggage or cargo. To take advantage of this awesome sound system, you can use the built-in CD/DVD player that supports MP3 as well as the iPod supporting USB port. Bluetooth Audio streaming is also built-in in case you don’t want any messy wires.
The passengers on the back seat are kept entertained by their personal 7-inch monitors and wireless headsets. You can use the built-in DVD changer to show movies on these screens or alternatively, use the auxiliary audio/video input jacks along with the 12V power outlet. The QX allows playback of games or movies independently in the rear seats, so the passengers in the front can be listening to something else.
Last and certainly not the least is the GPS system that took me to Al-Ain from Dubai and helped me locate a hotel and restaurant without any issues. Infiniti uses an 8” touch screen for this purpose, however, considering how far the screen is from the driver, it becomes a bit inconvenient reaching out to touch the screen.
So with everything on-board, what was it that I didn’t like about the QX56? This might sound strange coming from someone who loves tech but the sheer number of buttons on QX56 make it feel overwhelming. Some people might like that, but I prefer less over more in terms of aesthetics. Instead of giving everything it’s own controls, Infiniti should look at one tightly integrated control panel so you don’t have to use separate buttons to control the media, use the GPS and work with the AC.
Other than that, there really isn’t much to complain about the QX56. Yes, it is priced at AED 315,000 but for that, you get a pretty large car that drives really well with an insane number of tech features.