The NX does the important things very well and, beyond the excellent driving position, there’s plenty of head- and leg-room in the front seats. The NX is a decent family car, too, with more than enough room in the back for another couple of adults or three kids. Although the boot’s not quite as large an Audi Q5
or BMW X3
, it’s still good enough for most people, with 60/40 split/folding seats standard across the range. The only major issue is that the boot floor is quite high, meaning it's tricky to stow tall items in the boot under the cover.
On the road the first thing you notice about the NX – and you notice it very quickly – is that its ride is distinctly below par. Even allowing for the fact that this is a sporty SUV, the ride is uncomfortable, especially around town. Admittedly, things do settle down a bit once the car picks up more speed, but even on the motorway, the ride is unsettled. To make matters worse, there’s no compensation in a sporty drive, even in the F Sport model. At a more relaxed pace the car is perfectly pleasant, with little body roll through the bends and proving easy to manoeuvre in tight spots.
The cabin of the NX is a little less striking than the body, but it’s certainly distinctive and you can’t fault the build quality, either. It’s a shame it’s not as user-friendly as its direct rivals, though. There are lots of tiny buttons and they’re not especially intuitive to navigate or use. The laptop-style touchpad you use to control many of the car’s systems is very awkward to use, too.