2007 Nissan Fuga GT350 3.5 Petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Poor man’s Jag
New set of tyres and brake pads.
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