2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe was new.
The interior of the Infiniti G37 is a step up in refinement and convenience over that of the G35 coupe. "The new car's interior is first-rate," finds Road and Track, "pleasing to the touch and solid in feel." Newsday says it "does its part to make driving enjoyable."
While the backseat of the four-passenger G37 is, according to Forbes, "inhospitable for all but the smallest occupants," the cabin as a whole is praised for its style and utility. Compared to the old coupe, the G37 "has experienced a metamorphosis," reports Motor Trend, and now offers "the same features and technology" of the redesigned G35 sedan, "along with a cockpit-oriented layout that envelops passengers." Despite these improvements, some reviewers find that the G37's interior still doesn't measure up to those offered by some competitors -- specifically the BMW 3-series. The G37 "still doesn't have quite the top-shelf refinement of the BMW," argues the Los Angeles Times. "It's here that the BMW's several-thousand-dollar price premium earns its keep."
The G37 seats four in a "two-plus-two" (two front bucket seats with two small seats in back) setup. It "does feel notably more spacious than the G35 Coupe it replaced, which is a boon for taller/larger occupants," says Forbes. "That said, competing German sport coupes have much more accommodating interiors, including considerably more spacious back seats." Newsday concedes that "adults won't want to spend time" in back, but claims that "we've all seen much worse in two-plus-two cars." The says that the "back is OK in a (literal) pinch."
"As in any coupe," argues Car and Driver, "the front seats are the place to be." Edmunds says: "Even the tallest drivers will enjoy an excellent driving position and the generous range of the telescoping steering column. After 2,300 miles, this intrepid traveler felt no need to rush to the chiropractor. About the only gripe we have concerns the bottom seat cushion, as its supportive bolsters make it a little narrow." The Family Car reports, "Front sport seats were very comfortable and did a good job of supporting us as my driving partner and I took turns flinging the G into the corners of the spectacular winding roads we found ourselves on."
A lever on the front seats moves them to improve rear seat access, and then returns them to their original position. The optional Sport package (standard on the Sport 6MT) adds more side bolstering to front seats.
The G37's dashboard, explains New Car Test Drive, "is almost identical to that of the G35 sedan, which is not a bad thing," as it "wraps around into the door trim to form a snug cockpit." The center console, says Car and Driver, is "pleasant enough," but "some of the plastic looks cheaper than it should, like the pieces surrounding the steering-wheel audio and cruise-control buttons." It features "a 7-inch dashboard screen with or without navigation," reports Consumer Guide, "and many functions work through controls mounted horizontally below the screen." Reviewers like the aluminum trim. It's "textured like washi rice paper," explains the Los Angeles Times, "part of an emerging meme about the brand's Japanese quintessentialism." Optional features include a rearview camera and an 11-speaker stereo system with a hard drive. Higher trims add a standard six-disc CD player and dual-zone climate control, among other features.
The optional navigation system, says Consumer Guide, "is refreshingly easy to use, and many audio and climate functions are separate from it." Buyers who opt for the navigation system and XM satellite radio will get XM's NavTraffic. The Family Car says the feature "will display current traffic flow as well as real-time accident information and construction delays right on the map display." While the Washington Post questions "the wisdom of installing fixed navigational systems in cars at a time when less-expensive, higher-quality, substantially more useful portable navigational systems are available," it concedes, "We prefer the screen setup in the G37."
The G37's trunk offers only 7.4 cubic feet of storage space, and Consumer Guide calls it "small and very shallow." The rear seatbacks fold down in one piece "to extend the length of the trunk," reports Car and Driver, but the "first impression of the shallow trunk is that a case of beer might risk getting crushed (it doesn't)." The Associated Press says the trunk space "requires some planning ahead," and says, "Buyers will notice that Infiniti tries to help out by including a placard on the trunk lid that shows how to fit two golf bags in there." Consumer Guide finds, "Interior small-item storage space is just fair."