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2021 Infiniti QX80 Black Edition review

Words by Nathan Irvine

Luxury space

It’s funny to think that one of the hottest races in the car manufacturing industry, is who can make the most luxurious full-size SUV. While the outside of these road-faring beast remain relatively unchanged, bar a few cosmetic tweaks outside, the interiors are beginning to look like extravagant show homes.

Take the all-new 2021 Infiniti QX80 Black Edition for example. As well as cutting a very distinct image from the outside with its wonderful curves combined with street touch grilles and enormous rim, the inside is palatial.

That familiar soft leather smell greets you as you step inside. It’s a finish that’s usually reserved for vehicles multiple times the price of the QX80, and you can really feel it in the quilted leather seats that really benefit from this touch. The leather also bookends the hi-tech centre console. Its the dual HD screens setup that can instantly connect to your smartphones or quickly show you whereabouts on the planet you’re sat via the accurate GPS. Those in the back can enjoy their entertainment on the QHD screens.

The premium sound system by Bose is a flourish that really pays off too. 13 speakers are dotted around the cabin of the QX80. They provide an incredible sound stage and clarity whether you’re listening to an audiobook or The Rolling Stone’s back catalogue.

In Pictures. 2021 Infiniti QX80 Black Edition

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Aggressive rims

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Aggressive rims

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Lots of room

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Bose speakers

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Bose speakers

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Quilted seats

Smooth mover

Out on the asphalt, the QX80 maintains its impressiveness. Although it’s one of the heftier rides on the road, rocking the scales at 2,745kg, it still handles brilliantly. Handling is very responsive and nimble, when weaving through traffic, which makes the QX80 a joy to drive.

On the power front, the 5.6l V8 engine helps it to glide effortlessly down highways. A press on the accelerator and you’re catapulted forward quickly, which makes overtaking in the QX80 straightforward, if not, spectacular.

With a vehicle this size, parking the QX80 can be a tricky affair. But it has all of the parking assists that you’d expect of a top of the range SUV, which does make the task far less daunting. But then, if you’re even considering a car this big, then you’ve likely had a lot of experience in similar cars before, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

It looks great from every angle

Juice is loose

The QX80 does have its downsides, mind. For one, it’s a gas guzzler of the highest order. At times you can almost see the dial sliding to empty as you’re gunning it down Sheikh Zayed Road. If you’re using it as your day-to-day, then you can add regular visits to the petrol station to your schedule.

Still, as a package the QX80 is hard to beat. It looks and handles brilliantly, and the space inside the cabin is luxurious and plentiful. It’s enough to keep manufacturers of similar sized vehicles on their toes in terms of the interior game and then some.

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