"Blending stylish, alternative looks, an impressive chassis and excellent performance, the Infiniti G37 offers customers something a little bit different."
Starting from £36,000 for the entry-level G37 GT, Infiniti's stylish and genuinely unique-looking Coupe certainly stands out from the crowd. Powered by a modified version of the 3.7-litre V6 petrol which features in Nissan's 370Z, the sporty coupe is not short on performance either. Inside, levels of luxury, comfort and standard equipment are very impressive, too. But with its high running costs, lack of engine variety and shortage on both rear and boot space, the G37 is still lacking the all round competence of rival cars such as the BMW 3 Series Coupe and Mercedes' E-Class Coupe.
Buying a G Coupé is made easy by the fact that there's only one engine in the line-up. The 3.7-litre V6 is borrowed from Nissan's 370Z sports car but it's more refined here to suit this model's relaxed nature. There's still huge amounts of performance on offer, with a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds. A six-speed manual gearbox comes as standard but there's also an excellent seven-speed automatic gearbox available as an option. When the road gets bendy the Infiniti continues to perform well, with responsive steering and large amounts of grip. Some drivers may be looking for a little more feedback through the wheel though.
The G37 is refined, luxurious and comes with impressive levels of standard equipment even on the most basic GT car. Levels of cabin noise are almost non existent too, due to the G37's excellent sound insulation. Room in the back is cramped and awkward but upfront there is plenty of leg and headroom and the seats are comfortable with an excellent driving position.
Despite using a large proportion of Nissan parts, the Infiniti feels remarkably well built, although it does not feel as luxurious and prestigious as its premium brand image suggests. But Infiniti as a company has a very strong record for reliability and the G37 is no different.
Due to a steep sloping roof-line, space in the back of the G37 is minimal. Resulting in a 2+2 seating arrangement, the rear passenger space is best of being used as an extra place for storage. Compared to its rivals, the G37's boot is very small too, at only 275-litres it is over 150-litres smaller than both the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes E-Class Coupe.
Value for money
Starting from £36,000 for the entry-level GT model, the Infiniti is not a cheap proposition compared to similarly priced, better performing and more competent European rivals. Despite its relatively exclusive status and rarity, the G37 also has poor residual value.
Running a G37 is not cheap. Currently only available with a Nissan's thirsty 3.7-litre V6, which delivers 27mpg, insurance costs are high too, due to the G37's high emissions.