Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible
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2. Sumptuous but not Ergonomic Interior

From behind that wheel, you’ll immediately notice three things: the tastefully-placed brushed aluminum, sumptuous red leather upholstery and miles of legroom for taller drivers. In fact, it has two inches more than a BMW 335i convertible.

But for those who won’t need it, the Japanese automaker’s top-end appointments will do fine. The seats are comfortable, well bolstered and look fantastic against the car’s paint in either black or the white our car has. Better still, all the buttons offer satisfying feedback and the brushed aluminum accents offer a refreshing change from the “piano black” nonsense so many designs favor these days.

Wowed as we were with those aspects, poor ergonomics made driving the car terribly frustrating at times.

Opening the center console requires both front seat occupants to lift their elbows ridiculously high. Certain buttons on the steering wheel are also unnecessarily hard to reach.

But for those who won’t need it, the Japanese automaker’s top-end appointments will do fine. Though all ergonomics aren’t perfect, the seats are comfortable, well bolstered and look fantastic against the car’s paint in either black or the white our car has.

Better still, all the buttons offer satisfying feedback and the brushed aluminum accents offer a refreshing change from the “piano black” nonsense so many designs favor these days.