While the mainstream UK motoring press likes to pretend it tells it like it is, they often don´t.
The 1995 Nissan QX served as a butt of jokes at Car magazine who reminded us ironically that “it exists“. Autocar took a more charitable view, summing it up as a superbly built revelation on the road. Apart from this this, the QX is quite forgotten. Not by me for whom these kinds of neglected cars are some kind of mild obsession. I suppose it’s the fact the press told us not to bother that makes me want to know what it is that we must ignore.
This is not the first time I have discussed this car. I won’t rest until I can get one in a lighter colour. This one is still hard to read.
I did all I could to bring out the shape but the poor daylighting and the dark colour kept the forms well submerged in murk.
The reviewers liked to call the car’s appearance bland. It’s more like Japanese rationalism, and unusually perhaps, it doesn´t borrow from anything else. In some ways it reminds me of the Peugeot 604 which is at least remembered for its lack of success. It has the same focus on ride quality. The RAC wrote that “the rear suspension, for example, has a complex arrangement of locating links. You won’t need to know how it works, but you will be interested to learn that it endows the QX with a ride quality that embarrasses any other Japanese saloon short of a Lexus.” So, like Peugeot, they focused on the things people weren’t interested in very much.
This car didn’t even raise expectations, unlike the 604. This is what the RAC says about it overall: “The QX is a big, soft, vaguely loveable barge with all of the equipment you’d expect in this price bracket and more thrown in for good measure. If you’re going to buy a QX, it’s advisable to go the whole hog and have the flagship QX SEL 3.0 V6 available at almost unbelievably low prices.”
So, really, Car magazine did readers a disservice in not even bothering with the car. It’s not a sports car but does some important things well such as having a good ride, reliability and a high level of assembly. That means it beats Jaguar, for example on two out of three standards and probably equals it on the other. Sure, it doesn’t look like a Jaguar but then again it has more room.