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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
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Rivals

BMW 5-Series GT (09-17)

4.5 out of 5 4.5

The BMW 5 Series GT isn't an easy car to categorise. Nearly as long as a 7 Series, it's considerably taller than the standard 5 Series models, making it a sort of half-way-house between a saloon and an X5. Make no mistake, this is a big car. It's not the most obvious choice of vehicle for many: BMW says it's for people who don't want to compromise... read more

PROS

Supremely refined, incredibly spacious and high class cabin, clever twin-opening tailgate, practical and large boot

CONS

Rather ungainly looks, not as agile to drive as a standard 5 Series

Porsche Panamera (09-16)

4.5 out of 5 4.5

Porsche broke with its sports car tradition when it launched the Cayenne 4x4 in 2003 and the Panamera marks another big step - it's the first ever four-seater saloon to be produced by the carmaker. At almost five metres long it offers luxuriously spacious travel, especially for those in the back, helped further by a refined ride. The styling isn't... read more

PROS

  • Superb performance and handling
  • Seats four in luxury
  • Extremely refined
  • Classy interior, top build quality

CONS

  • Expensive optional extras
  • Hybrid is too expensive

Infiniti FX

3.5 out of 5 3.5

The Infiniti FX - or Infiniti QX70 following the brand's renaming of its models in early 2013 - is the largest car in the line-up of upmarket vehicles from Nissan's luxury car brand. It competes against the Porsche Cayenne, BMW X6 and Range Rover Sport but claims to be more driver-focused than all of the alternatives. Unlike the Cayenne and Range... read more

PROS

Strong performance, sure-footed handling, superb build quality, good value

CONS

Very firm ride, lacks image compared with rivals, diesel makes a racket when pushed