2008 Infiniti M Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Infiniti M was new.
The M receives praise for a luxurious interior that Automobile Magazine claims is "on par with Mercedes and superior to Cadillac." The Chicago Sun-Times adds that the "lush-life interior," is "generally hush-quiet."
Road and Track says that "its interior styling backed up by dramatically improved materials and overall execution." Edmunds says the cabin is "spacious," and filled with "abundant luxury features," and "well-built and attractive," thought it "can't match rivals like the Audi A6," since the "bar is raised pretty high in this category."
The Detroit News says that the M is "geared more toward techies and gearheads," and the Washington Post adds that all Ms are aimed at "youthful, technologically oriented buyers."
The majority of auto reviewers agree that the front seating inside the 2008 Infiniti M is inviting, comfortable and tuned to the driver's needs. Edmunds reports that the M is "endowed with a more spacious cabin, one that offers more front head- and legroom than others in its class." The Washington Post notes that sitting in the front seats is like "fitting one's body into a rich, comfortable glove," and U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman calls the seats "among the cushiest I've ever inhabited."
Reviewers also agree that the M has supportive and comfortably cushioned rear seating, with enough room for three, though most reviewers say two would be more comfortable. "The seats promise firm support and ample cushioning. Outboard occupants get plenty of legroom, headroom and foot room, but the center spot in the backseat is high and hard, with no headroom to speak of," reports Cars.com. The Chicago Sun-Times finds that "the back seat could use a longer cushion for better thigh support, and the center of that seat is too hard for comfort."
Reviewers like the M's interior dash for its sleek design, but find it overwhelming with gadgetry and difficult to operate. The Arizona Republic calls the console "cluttered with buttons and dials, which took some concerted effort to master. There must be a simpler way." Forbes adds that the M45 has an "example of success is the sexy instrument panel, in which the gauges are ringed by orange lights," but adds "On the flip side are the needlessly difficult center-console controls."
Some auto reviewers note that the M's interior quality is lacking. "Relative to its rivals, materials quality is a bit spotty," says Edmunds, and Road and Track adds that the "assorted control buttons could do with a more muted, less plastic feel, but even so they're a major leap forward."
All trim levels of the M include Infiniti Intelligent Key with push-button start ignition, Bluetooth Hands-Free phone system, voice recognition, dual-zone automatic temperature control, mild-flow vent, outside temperature display, rear console-mounted vents, illuminated entry, front double sun visors and illuminated vanity mirrors, and dual front and rear cup holders.
Stereo and Entertainment
The Advanced Technology Package, featured as an additional option for all trim levels of the 2008 Infiniti M, comes with Bose Studio Surround sound, 14 speakers, a center console-mounted DVD player, in-dash single-feed six-disc changer with MP3 and WMA and satellite radio, along with a number of other features. Auto reviewers are pleased with the Bose system's impressive sound. Car and Driver calls the 14-speaker Bose surround sound upgrade "remarkable," and adds that it "has the band virtually playing in the car with you."
Reviewers like the Infiniti Navigation System, featured in the Technology Package. Motor Trend finds the navigation system "intuitive and easy to use." Forbes says that the display is "clear and colorful, offering a graphic 'the turn looks like this' three-dimensional display." Consumer Guide agrees, and finds the navigation "exceptionally easy to operate," also mentioning that the voice recognition "responds accurately to command keywords."
The M's trunk can accommodate 14.9 cubic feet of cargo, with the undersized spare tire in place. Most reviewers consider it generous, although the Chicago Sun-Times complains of a "rather high, short opening."
A few critics complain that the M's size simply makes you expect that it has decent storage space. New Car Test Drive says that the 15 cubic feet, in reality, is "barely average for this size car and the opening is on the small side as well. Worse yet, when equipped with the optional full-size spare tire it only holds 11 cubic feet of cargo." And Cars.com notes that the M "has only a ski pass-thru, not a full folding backseat." U.S. News' Rick Newman adds that the glove box is "puny."