Accept the fact that the Infiniti FX is an alternative to a sports saloon and only has five seats and you will find much to like about the cabin – even if it is surprisingly tight on room in the rear seats, given how much road space the car occupies. What the FX is not short of is equipment, whatever level of trim you go for.

In fact, if you add up the spec and compare it blow for blow with that of the new Volkswagen Touareg, the FX offers more kit for marginally less money, which is impressive, given the relative aspirations of the two brands. And compared with a rival Porsche Cayenne or Land Rover Discovery, the Infiniti appears very generous indeed with its standard specification.

Considering how big the FX is, the fact that it has a boot no bigger than that of an average saloon is fairly disappointing

All the seats are high-grade leather as standard. The driver’s seat has 14-way electric adjustment, the passenger’s eight-way. As you’d expect, there’s also climate control and touch-screen sat-nav that doubles as a DVD player when not on the move; even the pedals are fashioned from aluminium. 

Less impressive is the amount of boot space behind the merely adequate rear bench seat. Again, considering how big the FX is, the fact that it has a boot no bigger than that of an average saloon is fairly disappointing. Blame the myriad electronic systems that service the four-wheel drive and four-wheel steer systems for this, although the fully split rear seat does allow you to extend the boot and create an entirely flat load area, right up to the backs of the front seats.

The coupé-like roof line does little for rear headroom, either, while the high waistline and narrow windows do little for the feeling of space in the back.

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