So we got a 2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe
I first saw this exact red Infiniti G37 Coupe at its UAE launch in Dubai more than a year ago. Since then, magazine after magazine kept grabbing this press car from under us for their stupid comparison “tests” against the BMW 335i, until the red car became so “old” that we didn’t bother asking for it any more. Anyway, since my request for the Nissan GT-R was pushed even further away (as expected), I asked for a G37 Coupe to pass the time. It turns out that red car is still in press circulation, with 16,000 km on the clock, and the abusive scars to prove it.
It is not the first time that a cool car has been delivered to my home, but the novelty factor of having it delivered by a flatbed-truck was enough to bring a smile to my face.
The G Coupe is undoubtedly a very attractive car. No other coupe in its category looks any better. The BMW 3-Series coupe is starting to look dull already, and the over-hyped Audi A5 looks like every other Audi in the past ten years.
While the left-and-right “intakes” on the front bumper are really blocked off by black plastic, there is nothing fake about the rear. Dual exhausts, circular LED tails and a lip spoiler complete the styling.
The interior boasts massive front seats, and the driver’s one is adjustable every which way. Unfortunately our nearly-loaded car did not come with the bum-ventilation option.
The dashboard styling is acceptably non-boring, although this look is starting to become common in all Infinitis. Most of the materials are high-quality, but we found enough hard plastics below-the-belt to see how they cut costs when compared to a 3-Series. We still liked the gauges that move with the steering-wheel adjustments, the big shifter paddles and the computer that has a touchscreen as well as buttons for inputs. Unfortunately, some of the metal-look plastics were heavily scratched and one of the wood panels on one door was already falling off. We are not sure what to make of that, considering this is a heavily-used car.
The biggest surprise was the rear legroom. It was as comfortable as sitting in the back of a Civic, once in. People taller than us will crack their skulls though.
The luggage area is long, but very shallow. All that junk is not ours.
Even with its lesser attributes when compared to a BMW 3-Series, the G37 Coupe is still an awesome car. We don’t need to come up with another stupid comparison to say right now that the BMW 335i is better than the G37. But if we were in the market for a right-sized luxury coupe, we might actually consider the G over the 3 based on price alone. The looks and expected reliability are bonuses, even if some of the trim is trimming off.
For the full performance review, keep track of upcoming updates in the Infiniti G37 buyer guide.