The level of driver found in the Infiniti EX reward proves that this model has a place in the UK market. Its combination of rear-biased handling, with the extra security of four-wheel drive when you really need it, is unique in the class, and it allows the EX to match the dynamics of the BMW X3.

It is also the precise handling more than the coupé styling that distances the EX from the majority of its rivals – and makes it clear that Infiniti can offer something more than just another high-end SUV.

The compromises are obvious; cabin space is limited despite the sizeable exterior dimensions and running costs will be higher than most rivals’. But it undoubtedly deserves success as a niche enthusiasts' family choice.