Last week, we dwelt on the new QX80’s imposing proportions and the improved exterior styling. Once you climb in — the sill step is 20mm wider than the earlier model, although that doesn’t make much of a perceptible difference — you’ll find that the idea of “upscale luxury” has been carried over to the cabin as well. The passenger compartment oozes luxury, especially in the Saddle Brown hue of the upholstery, which is crafted in perforated and quilted leather, and complemented by the gloss wood veneer on the dashboard and door cards. Everything that you touch, including the steering wheel, gear shift lever and armrests are wrapped in leather and boast higher-density padding than in the previous model.

There is oodles of space inside, with the front passengers getting 1,006mm of legroom and 1,013mm of headroom while for second-row passengers, these figures stand at 1,041mm and 1,015mm respectively.  However, the third row has significantly lesser legroom at 731mm and a slightly reduced headroom of 935mm. But with all three rows of seats up, cargo space is limited to just 470 litres, which might not be enough if your trip requires carrying suitcases for all the occupants. But if there are no passengers in the third row, the seats can be folded down to free up a decent 1,405 litres of luggage space.

Folding the seats is an easy task, with the third row being controlled by buttons. You can also control the second row seats from the driver’s seat at the touch of a button on the centre console. There is a noticeable improvement in cabin refinement too, which can be attributed to enhanced soundproofing materials and a wider area behind the dashboard getting the insulation treatment.  The tall ride height and generous glass area combine to afford passengers in every row a clear, unobstructed view out.

If you have four adult occupants and their luggage, the QX80’s cabin offers a space as luxurious and roomy as it can get in any segment, but the same cannot be said if you have to carry seven passengers and their baggage.

 

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