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Dashboard, infotainment, sat-nav and passenger space

There is no doubt that the Infiniti EX’s cabin feels of equal standard to its rivals, and is superior to some. Much of the switchgear looks similar to that of the Nissan 370Z, including the start button and sat-nav switchgear, and the same simple typeface adorns all the buttons. But this doesn’t detract from the ambience.

Interior room is one of the car's disappointments. The EX is longer than the Audi Q5 and BMW X3, but there is less interior space than in either. That’s not to say there isn’t enough room to seat four adults in reasonable comfort, but it will be more cosy than in many rivals.

The sloping roofline and narrow rear windows create a slightly claustrophobic feeling in the back, but from the low-set driver’s seat there is only a slight awareness that there’s less elbow room and headroom than you might expect.

The boot is also small, with a capacity of just 340 litres with the rear seats up; a Ford Focus has more boot space.