2016 Infiniti QX70 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Infiniti QX70 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

Test drivers report the 2016 Infiniti QX70 has a stylish cabin built with lots of high-quality materials and a design that puts the driver first. They appreciate the intuitive tech features and helpful driver assistance systems. The front seats are comfortable, reviewers write, but the back seat is cramped, as is the QX70’s cargo area.

  • "Step into the 2016 QX70 luxury-performance crossover SUV, and it feels more like a sports sedan, from the curved dash to the oblong analog clock. Flowing lines help the Infiniti stand out from hard-angled surfaces of other more rugged SUVs." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Just because the 2015 Infiniti QX70 places a heavy emphasis on performance doesn't mean designers skimped on the interior. On the contrary, the passenger cabin is a stylish space done up in high-quality materials including soft leather upholstery accented with genuine wood and brushed metal trim." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Step inside, and one will find a sybaritic cabin marked by premium materials like soft leather, brushed aluminum and genuine wood trim. Nary a cheap touch is to be found." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "From the front seats forward, there is almost nothing bad to say about the QX70's cockpit. The seats are wide and supportive, not too firm yet far from squishy and covered in high-quality leather in black, beige or java brown." -- AutoTrader (2014)

Seating

The QX70 has seating for five and has standard heated, power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. Ventilated front seats, quilted leather upholstery and sport seats with added bolstering are optional. Most reviewers agree the front seats are comfortable, and a few add the available sport seats offer better support. The rear seats are cramped, according to critics, and there isn't much head- or legroom.

  • The front seats are roomy and comfortable, but the 3-passenger rear bench is surprisingly stingy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • The standard front seats offer all-day comfort, while the power-adjustable side bolsters on the optional sport seats provide an extra measure of support in aggressive driving. The rear seats' limited head- and legroom makes them best for kids and smaller adults, though, and certainly limits the QX70's practicality." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • The cushy cabin is also a strong point, although there's less space inside than many competitors." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "The only problem is that there isn't a ton of room for heads or otherwise." -- AutoWeek (2014)

Interior Features

The 2016 Infiniti QX70 comes standard with a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity, satellite radio, a USB port, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a power moonroof, a 7-inch display and the Infiniti Controller to adjust audio and climate settings. Optional features include a 360-degree camera system (Around View Monitor), front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, Bluetooth streaming audio and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation.

According to testers, the QX70's interior controls are well arranged and easy for the driver to reach. A few add that some drivers may appreciate the abundance of physical buttons, while others may not. Other reviewers say the infotainment system has a straightforward layout and the control knob makes it easy to use. The QX70 is available with many driver assistance features that reviewers appreciate, and some think that the Around View Monitor is especially helpful when navigating narrow spaces.

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  • "When it comes to desirable technology, the QX70 offers a long list of options, including an Around View Monitor that knits together the images from four different cameras to produce a single top-down view of the vehicle's surroundings that can be invaluable in situations like squeezing through tight openings in traffic. Unlike some of its competitors, all controls are refreshingly straightforward and easy to use, including the intuitive touchscreen interface that's supported by a useful controller knob and button array." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • Conventional buttons abound … which may be a good or bad thing depending on personal preferences." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "In the QX70, a driver-centric cockpit with a pronounced center-stack confirms the message that this luxury vehicle is for driving first." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "It is filled with all manner of tactile and electronic luxury touches and a host of sophisticated driver's aids that practically drive the car for you." -- AutoTrader (2015)

Cargo

With its rear seats upright, the Infiniti QX70 has 24.8 cubic feet of cargo room and 62 cubic feet with them folded. The QX70 has much less cargo space than most luxury midsize SUVs and a few critics note it's even smaller than some affordable compact SUVs like the Honda CR-V. Reviewers report the QX70's inclined roof reduces the cargo area’s usability. The QX70 comes standard with a power liftgate.

  • "Cargo room is also compromised because of the QX70's swooping rear roof, which also creates blind spots. Thankfully, the rear seats fold for increased capacity." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Even though it offers a decent 25 cubic feet behind the rear seats, there are just 62 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. That's about what you'd expect from a compact crossover, and its midsize competitors offer more." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Cargo space is compromised for the sake of style: the QX70's short rear overhang and sloping rear window translate to just 24 cubic feet of trunk room, less than what is offered by some ‘compact’ crossovers like the Honda CR-V." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "After the back seat, the roof just dips to the floor, leaving only a few feet of depth. Surely you can fold down the back row, but if I'm buying an SUV, or CUV, I want room for four and some cargo." -- AutoWeek (2014)

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