Since we already gave some praise to the highly comfortable seats, in this chapter we should mainly talk about the Infiniti FX 50S's suspension and acoustic comfort. Unlike the first generation, which was using a front strut-type suspension, the one we tested was depending on a double-wishbone (multi-link) suspension for the front wheels.
This translates into more suspension travel, which in turn maximizes both comfort and handling. On top of that, our car was also fitted with electronically controlled dampers, that have two ride settings. In "Normal" mode, the dampers absorb and almost give a wafting feeling on rougher roads, although the 21-inch wheels with low-profile tires don't let this system give its best on paved streets, making the ride feel a bit jittery some times.
On the other hand, the "Sport" mode "hardens" the dampers and minimizes suspension travel, improving handling but downgrading the comfort levels over bumps. On the whole, the FX 50S drives more like a very large and heavy sports car than a "shored whale" everyday SUV.
As far as the comfort creatures fitted on the car, our senses were treated with a premium Bose audio system, whose subwoofer is fitted in... wait for it... the interior of the spare wheel under the luggage compartment. As almost any other car on this price range (a bit over 70,000 Euros as tested), our car was fitted with a dual zone climate control system, five-stage heated and cooled front seats and "electronic everything".
A nice surprise for the driver's seat was the electrically-adjustable side cushioning for both the thorax and the tooshie regions, while the rear passenger's benefited from the Infiniti trademarked individually adjustable backrest angle, allowing them to feel like in a first-class airplane. On the whole, the Infiniti FX 50S, though sportier than you'd imagine, is a pretty comfortable vehicle. Continue reading