This is a tricky one for the Infiniti FX. On the one hand the Infiniti handles, steers and controls the movements of its body at high speeds with genuine dexterity; it is, by and large, an unusually accomplished vehicle in this respect. However, when it comes to both ride comfort and road noise the FX is disappointingly poor, and this is as a direct result of wearing such enormous, uncompromising rubber.

Which means you are left with something of a dilemma: do you bite the bullet, put style over substance and try to live with the lumpy ride and rumbling road noise generated by those good-looking wheels and tyres, or do you downgrade to smaller rubber and take a hit on the design front? Having tried the car on smaller rubber as well (offered on lesser trim grades), we’d be tempted to go for them.

The FX is a remarkably decent thing to drive, considering its size and weight

On 20in wheels the FX still suffers from a somewhat lively ride compared with most of its opposition, but not to a point where it might put you off the car completely. Elsewhere, the FX is a remarkably decent thing to drive, considering its size and weight. The steering is clean and precise in its operation and, thanks to the four-wheel steering system, provides real accuracy to the front end during turn-in, without being overly aggressive. And the body control/handling is similarly excellent, with the all-wheel drive system providing traction in all conditions and in all gears on the road.

As an off-roader the FX is probably best described as a soft-roader. It is perfectly capable in muddy fields but ultimately lacks the hardware to follow a Discovery into more serious territory. And again those high-performance tyres would do it no favours in proper mud.

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