2007 Nissan Fuga GT350 3.5 Petrol

Summary:

Poor man’s Jag

Faults:

New set of tyres and brake pads.

General Comments:

Easily the best car I’ve ever owned, these are the Japanese version of the Infiniti M series, so are a direct competitor to Lexus. The engine is a 3.5 litre 206 KW version of the respected VQ series and in this car has a sportier exhaust note under acceleration than the Maxima. The 5 speed transmission is generally very smooth, but it does have an annoying thump when cold and manually shifted from second to third. Being a Japanese import, the entertainment system/trip computer is in Japanese and apparently there is no conversion.

The interior is traditional, wood and leather, and very comfortable with electric everything including a leg rest for the front passenger. It has a premium/well-built feel about it. The boot is smaller than the Maxima’s; it will cope with two people’s luggage on the airport run, but three would be a problem.

It is a big, heavy car and next to my wife’s MX-5, it feels it, but has a better ride, is still very sure-footed and is a much better long distance tourer. On a recent trip it achieved around 8.5l/100km, which is impressive for a heavy, powerful automatic.

Compared to an XF Jag of the same year, it has the same sort of performance, bigger interior, but the price and running costs are much lower. It doesn’t feel like a poor cousin at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2018

28th Feb 2018, 06:36

I also have a Nissan Fuga 350 GT. By using injector cleaner, I now get 9.9 Ks per litre on highway driving.

Ray, NZ.

4th Oct 2018, 20:13

I've got a 2011 Y51 Fuga. Around town it's 8.2 kpl, but on a trip I can get 12.1. The only trouble is that it 'tramlines' and road irregularities upset the steering. The steering wheel pulls from side to side and it takes an effort to keep it straight on anything other than a smooth road. Had 2 wheel alignments and it's worse with any more tyre pressure than 30 PSI. Heaps of power from the VQ37, but annoying to drive.