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BabyDrive Verdict

The Infiniti QX80 is the luxury version of a Nissan Patrol, meaning it is a VERY large seven-seater SUV that looks like a round-cornered, brick on wheels from the outside! I was very keen to get inside and see how practical and family friendly it is as a BabyDrive!

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The cabin space inside the QX80 is very generous, as you would hope with a car this large! There was plenty of legroom throughout no matter how many child seats were installed.

The ISOFix were in just the two outer second-row seats and hidden deep within slits in the leather seat base. I found them particularly difficult to locate and connect to when I was trying to install the child seats.

There are top tethers in all three second-row seats but they are right at the bottom of the seat backs and well hidden! There is also one in the right-hand seat in the third row, which is excellent, and positioned much higher on the backrest making connecting the top tether strap much easier.

I could install four large Britax child seats into the Infiniti QX80 and there was so much space in the second-row seats that I could use the ISOFix rather than the seatbelts to connect the two outer child seats! I fitted the Britax Platinum Pro forward-facing and Britax Graphene rear-facing in the two outer seats and the Britax Kid Guard Pro booster in between.

In the third row, I fitted the Britax Maxi Guard Pro using the seatbelt and top tether.

In the Infiniti QX80, the only way to access the third row was by folding forward the second-row outer seat so you would have to uninstall any child seat fitted there! Which is totally impractical! It's also disappointing in a seven-seater car!

Boot storage is impressive and when using it as a five-seater I couldn't reach anywhere near the back of the boot and had to access it through the side doors!! As a five-seater, the boot held 22 shopping bags! That is four more than the Nissan Pathfinder and Lexus RX350L! The Mountain Buggy Duet twin stroller fitted with 10 shopping bags and the Urban Jungle and Nano fitted with 15 and 19 respectively. The Britax Flexx single and tandem strollers fit with 14 shopping bags alongside them both or you could fit a very large dog!

When using all seven seats I could get 10 shopping bags in the boot, or the Mountain Buggy Duet twin stroller fitted with one wheel removed and three shopping bags. The Mountain Buggy Urban Jungle fitted with four shopping bags and the Mountain Buggy Nano fitted with seven shopping bags. The Britax Flexx tandem stroller fitted with three shopping bags. Or you could fit a small dog.

There was no roller blind for the QX80 which I didn't like, but on the upside the boot floor was large enough for an emergency nappy change when used either as a five- or seven-seater.

The Infiniti QX80 was surprisingly nice to drive, the steering was soooo light for a car of this size and the engine quiet and smooth! Really not what I expected at all! Cars this size are usually more like farm machinery to drive, like the Lexus LX450D I drove immediately after this Infiniti! This made it enjoyable to drive around town and much easier to park. The only difficulty there was the size of the car! It was definitely a find two empty parking spaces next to each other kind of car!! It has a good camera with many views, which is understandable the first time you try and park it! It is enormous and visibility is very difficult especially with all the child seats on board. I did find I could not get to grips with the options on the camera screen or how to turn off the parking sensor noise.

The Infiniti QX80 felt opulent and luxurious in its styling, inside and out, compared to most other 7 seaters. I was not a fan of the quilted and perforated leather as I feel it is just a magnet for child spills and detritus and hard to clean!

I expected the media system to be bang up-to-date with the price and luxury feel but it was just a confusing world of technology! There were so many buttons and options I felt it impenetrable! It also didn't have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto which I would definitely expect for the price and would have made it so much easier to use!!!

The Infiniti QX80 is yet to be tested by ANCAP and all models come with six airbags; the usual driver and front passenger airbags plus front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor. They do not, however, state if they are full-length side curtain airbags or or if they extend to the third row.

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