The insistence of marketing types that a certain sort of car must be capable of carrying two sets of golf clubs is an oft-discussed point.
This has led to engineers and designers, we're told, being forced to enlarge the rumps of what would otherwise be svelte and sleek GT coupes. It's a fate that has apparently befallen the curvy coupes of many brands, from Audi and BMW to Jaguar and Mercedes.
I must confess that I thought that this was all so much tosh. Until I opened the boot of our long-term Infiniti the other day to discover a sticker diagram showing me exactly how I might be able to squeeze a pair of Golf bags into the boot of Yokohama's finest.
It's odd that I didn't notice it before, so prominent is its position on the underside of the opened bootlid, but I suppose that sometimes you can't see things that are right in front of your face. That it should have been placed there, however, leaves one in no doubt as to how important golf - and sharing the sport with another whilst minimising your carbon footprint - must be to the intended owners of this car.
The funny thing is, though, the very fact that Infiniti fears you need to be shown a diagram to get two golf bags in highlights another, perhaps more important, point - the shallow boot floor and oddly shaped aperture actually make the G37's luggage compartment moderately impractical. And that's despite the ample backside.
Fortunately the two rear seats are relatively spacious and easy to get to, so make a fine extra luggage space. If I were into golf I might even be able to fit another three bags in there...
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You mean the convertible Z? I can't imagine how impractical that is... I have the 'tonneau' cover in my coupe to hide whatever I may choose to keep in the boot from scummy people which has further reduced the space available.
The convertible Z also has a sticker showing you how to get 2 golf bags in there. Yes the boot is bad, but we still managed to get the camping kit for 2 weeks round France and Spain in there, without using the roof stowage space. The worst bit is when you have a puncture and have to find somewhere to put the full size wheel - it doesn't go in the space occupied by the space saver....
ivantate24 May 2011
Sod the golf. It's my MTB I want to be able to get into the back of the car.
Havent you only ridden it twice this year? and thats with a touran to cart it around.
Not seen one of these on the road yet but for some reason plenty of E-class coupes.
slikrs24 May 2011
You should try the convertible. When the roof is down, I can JUST squeeze two umbrellas into the remaining space. Luckily, golf scares me!
You mean the convertible Z? I can't imagine how impractical that is... I have the 'tonneau' cover in my coupe to hide whatever I may choose to keep in the boot from scummy people which has further reduced the space available. It's particularly tricky to fit any tall items into the boot, anything over a foot tall has to go in the passenger seat, some of the items I've had trouble with have been comical, stuff I just never thought wouldn't fit.... In many respects I wish they had fitted the spare wheel further forwards and given me some depth in the boot or found another solution though the thought of not having a spare tyre would make me uncomfortable. And the strut brace, I wish that was a simple double steel/alloy bar and not the plastic behomoth which is present...
I think I probably have had my golf clubs in the back at some point but I don't play these days, not enough time... You in Edinburgh? Not many Z's around in Edin though there are far more then there were when I first got mine.