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Infiniti M37 S Premium 2013 Review

It grows on you. The look is understated and we loved the paint job. Feels nothing like a Lexus.
EXPERT RATING
7

Infiniti? They're made by Nissan aren't they? It's the first thing people ask when see the car. The answer is yes, they are the Nissan equivalent of Toyota's Lexus luxury brand. They've been doing business for many years now, but have only just started selling cars here in Australia (after years talking about it).

VALUE

Priced from $85,900, $97,900 for the better equipped S Premium, the M is one of Infiniti's core models. It's a large rear-wheel drive luxury sedan that comes in petrol, diesel and hybrid petrol-electric versions.

Standard kit includes leather and climate air, auto lights and wipers, active cruise control, power adjust steering, bi-xenon lights that turn, Bluetooth with audio streaming, satellite navigation and a 6-speaker premium sound system.

The S Premium package adds 4-wheel Active Steer (4WAS), sport-tuned suspension, sport brakes and larger, 20-inch alloy wheels, not to mention a hi-end Bose audio system.

TECHNOLOGY

The 3.7 litre produces 235kW of power and 360Nm of torque. The engine is hooked up to a seven-speed auto that adapts to the driver's style of driving, as well as including a manual mode with shift paddles. Drive is to the rear wheels and it does the dash from 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds with a top speed of 250km/h.

Fuel consumption is rated at 10.2 litres/100km and it takes Premium unleaded (we were getting 11.2). DESIGN Infiniti bills itself as luxury brand but with an emphasis on performance, that is as a driver's car. The car goes well enough but lacks the opulent feel of other luxury brands, even though the expected leather and wood are present. Some may see this as a plus, others may not... By the way the paint is self-healing in case it is scratched.

SAFETY

Gets a full five stars for safety. It's equipped with a number of advanced safety features including Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) and the Premium adds Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention (BSI).

Other available safety features include Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

DRIVING

We drove the hybrid recently and while it was good, the V6 does an admirable job by itself without the support of an electric motor. Mind you, it's the larger 3.7-litre six, not the 3.5. With sport mode selected the drive experience is fairly aggressive.

The rear becomes a bit skittish in damp conditions, but the electronics are there to catch it if things get out of hand. Four-mode drive control adjusts throttle and transmission mapping, as well as 4-Wheel Active Steer settings, Dynamic Cornering Enhancement and Eco Pedal (where available).

Infiniti makes a big deal about the active noise cancellation system (like they use in headphones), but it doesn't sound any quieter inside to us. The seats are heated and cooled and the `intelligent' key remembers last used audio, navigation and climate settings, as well as linking to seat, steering wheel and side view mirror positions through the dual occupant memory system.

VERDICT

It grows on you. The look is understated and we loved the grey, almost white paint job. Feels nothing like a Lexus, but it's nowhere near as quiet inside as a Lexus either.

Infiniti M37 S Premium

Price: from $97,900
Engine: 3.7-litre 6-cylinder, 235 kW/ 360 Nm
Transmission: seven-speed sports automatic transmission, RWD
Thirst: 10.2 L/100km, 235 g/km CO2

Pricing guides

$23,390
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$19,500
Highest Price
$27,280

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
GT 3.7L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $19,500 – 27,170 2013 Infiniti M37 2013 GT Pricing and Specs
S Premium 3.7L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $19,600 – 27,280 2013 Infiniti M37 2013 S Premium Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
7