Is the EX model an SUV or shooting brake? Infiniti says it’s a bit of both, trying to position the car away from the traditional mid-size SUV and claiming it's closer to Audi’s A5 Sportback than the Q5. To this end, the styling makes a point of shying away from the traditional bluff front so typical of SUVs, none more so than the EX’s big brother, the extrovert FX.

It also has a more curvaceous roofline than the Q5, X3 or Land Rover Freelander and, at less than 1.6m high, a lower one. However, the elevated driving position is still more SUV than car. As are the EX’s overall length and wheelbase, in both cases within 11mm of the Q5’s. Similarly, the drag coefficient of 0.32 is good for an SUV, but poor for a coupé or saloon.

The EX isn't one for the taller occupant: headroom's tighter than the class average in both rows

The EX is based on the Nissan/Infiniti FM platform, as used in the 370Z, while the four-wheel drive system is derived from that used in the Nissan GT-R. Infiniti makes no claims for the EX’s off-road abilities however, recommending you stray no further than a grassy field.

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