What is it like to drive?
Here’s where the QX stands out from the others. This is probably the liveliest compact crossover (is the Porsche Macan a compact crossover? Hmmnn...) out there, thanks largely to that 316bhp, 3.7-litre petrol V6 that’ll whip you from 0–62mph in 6.4 seconds and on to 149mph. It’s joined to a seven- speed automatic transmission feeding all four wheels, sending more power to the end that needs it most. It’s a playful thing, but tends to fuss around where a serious German would hunker down and get on with things.
If you’ve yet to have your lobotomy, there’s also a diesel version. But even that’s quick, with more than 400lb ft of torque and a redline over 5,000rpm. Neither engine will keep you away from the pumps for long, with the petrol managing 25mpg on the combined cycle while the diesel does just 33.2. But if you’re worried about that, you’re looking at the wrong sort of car. The QX likes to do things differently, and so do the people that drive it.