With each generation of its flagship saloon Infiniti wanted to get closer and closer to the Germans and seriously threaten them. The M30d we tested offered an interesting mix between an elegant design that is also a statement of boldness, a plush interior and a high level of comfort. However, there are a few missing ingredients that keep the car from bringing drops of sweat on Audi’s, BMW’s and Mercedes’ foreheads, so we’ll probably have to wait until the next generation arrives in order to see an even fight between the Japanese and the Germans. The latter should really prepare themselves, as we feel a hellfire battle is coming.
The ingredients we are talking about: a smarter diesel engine and a sharper handling. We’re pretty sure the “S” versions of the M come with the latter, but do they offer the same level of comfort? As for the engine, this leave a bit to be desired, both in terms of power and efficiency.
The M’s main asset is clearly its comfort, which is built on both real assets and a touch of “je ne sais quoi”. The first include the comfortable suspension, cosy seats and generous interior space, while the latter have something to do with the excellent soundproofing and the massive center console. Together, all these want to make you spend as much time as you can as a passenger in the M30d.
As a driver - yes, this is the bad part of the car - you won’t like the M30d GT Premium. Why? Well, it seems that the car had to sell its sporty soul for all that comfort. Things are decent when the road is straight, but try to multitask the car (you know, speed and steer at the same time) and you’ll be sorry. The body-roll will literally send you flying and the steering will become an introvert. And we’re not talking about the madness of wanting to powerslide such a vehicle. This tendencies also appear when you’re willing to perform a quick overtaking, so you’ll encounter them in the real world.
As for the ugly bits, we can mention the interior ergonomics - how can you make a car that doesn’t have enough room for your hand to reach the electric seat adjustment controls or force the driver to guess the position the automatic transmission’s lever? We also have to add that the boot is way under the segment’s standards. But wait, this could mean that your wifes will spend less time shopping...Continue reading