Infiniti 4WD versus BMW X6

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Quick Spin: Infiniti FX

Matt Campbell tests the new Japanese luxury brand’s big, bold SUV.

Make Infiniti Family FX30d Series S51 Year 2012 Badge Description S Doors 5 Seats 5 Transmission Sports Automatic Gear Num 7 Cylinders 6 Build Country Origin Description JAPAN Car Size Large Overall Green Star Rating 3.5 Fuel Type Description Diesel Drive Description 4X4 Constant Warranty KM 100000

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Infiniti FX: Considerably cheaper but gets plenty of goodies, including adjustable suspension dampers, 21-inch wheels, sunroof, sports seats, leather trim, Bose 11-speaker stereo with Bluetooth streaming, USB input and 10-gig music server, satnav, eight-inch touch-screen display, xenon headlights, reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, six airbags.

BMW X6: Matches the Infiniti’s reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, satnav, Bluetooth streaming, 12-gig music storage, USB input and six airbags. Has xenon headlights with automatic high-beam function, as well as auto-dimming rear-view and side mirrors. Smaller 19-inch wheels and six-speaker stereo, no touch-screen.

Infiniti FX: A swoopy and neat cabin, but the low roofline can be a hassle when getting into the car and when you try to see out of the back. Comfortable, sporty and supportive seats. Decent rear leg-room and OK head-room. Electronic tailgate.

Relatively small boot (410L). Clumsy foot-operated park brake. Nissan-borrowed parts #8212; such as the engine start button #8212; don’t lend an upmarket feel.

BMW X6: Feels more flash inside. Roofline is considerably more sloped, so rear vision is even worse, as is back-seat headroom. The boot is notably bigger (500L) and also has electronic opening, but roof shape limits what you can fit.

Electronic park brake is welcome. Media system is easy to use.

Winner: BMW

Infiniti FX: Has plenty of push through the rev range, and can throw you back in your seat under heavy throttle. Seven-speed auto shifts through the gears without fuss. It’s the same engine seen in the Nissan Navara range-topper, so it’s a bit truck-like at idle and loud under acceleration.

Considerably thirstier.

BMW X6: A fantastically flexible engine with excellent pulling power and a more refined nature than its Japanese rival. The eight-speed auto’s shifts are so smooth as to be almost imperceptible. More efficient, both in claim and in real-world testing.

Quieter at idle and as revs rise. It’s quick, too.


Winner: BMW

How it drives

Infiniti FX: A more compliant ride makes the Infiniti easier to live with for day-to-day duties. Gets a clever #8220;rear active steering#8221; system which steers the back wheels and makes sharper cornering surprisingly easy, making it feel a lot smaller and more nimble through twists. Steering is nicely weighted. Excellent grip.

Some road noise intrusion.

BMW X6: Has BMW’s steadfast steering feel and plenty of cornering ability courtesy of the torque-vectoring system which sends power to the outside wheel through high-speed bends. The ride, however, is super firm, with the suspension jumping and jiggling over most surfaces and there is also some notable suspension noise.

Infiniti FX: It’s the new kid on the block, so will always attract a lot of looks in traffic. A slightly less polarising roofline and those enormous wheels give it more street cred.

BMW X6: Once the go-to guy for those who wanted a standout SUV, the X6 is still one of the most polarising cars on the road. But it’s not quite as ogle-worthy as the Infiniti.

Infiniti FX: The Japanese newcomer gets the win thanks to its much lower price and better standard equipment levels.

BMW X6: A #8220;look at me#8221; SUV that sacrifices practicality for style. Too expensive.


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