2017 Infiniti QX30 SUV

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in Subcompact SUVs
2017 MODEL

$29,950 - $38,500

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Overview

The Infiniti QX30 is an entry level subcompact luxury SUV. In fact, the QX30 is a crossover between an SUV and a hatchback with dominant genes of an SUV and recessive genes of a hatchback. With the QX30, Infiniti aims to take on its German rivals like the BMW X1, the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes Benz GLA.

So how good is the QX30 and how well does it perform against the German heavyweights? We will find that out in this review.

Infiniti has made a bold move by driving in the QX30 into a segment where the German cars sell like hot cakes. To take on the Germans, Infiniti has banked on technology and has loaded this crossover with features. The QX30 has also been priced smartly to attract more buyers and to give the existing cars in the segment a tough time.

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Pros

Loads of features.

Premium interior materials.

Comfortable ride.

Competitive pricing.

Cons

Poor rear visibility.

Cabin doesn't cut out the noise from outside.

What's New?

The 2017 Infiniti QX30 is a brand-new car and it is its debut year.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29950

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

121 cu. in.

horsepower

208 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1200 rpm

transmission

7-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.6 in. ventilated front disc/12.6 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

174.2 in.

width

71.1 in.

height

58.9 in.

curb weight

3280 lbs.

ground clearance

6.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108 cu ft.

cargo volume

19.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

5290 lbs.

payload capacity

997 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.8 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/33 mpg

highway range

435.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

7 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

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Malbec Black

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

6.5

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

6.3

Exterior

8.0

Driving

8.6

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Infiniti QX30 SUV 4dr SUV

4dr SUV

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$29,950

Configurations
4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (24/27/33)
HP: 208 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,200 rpm

 2017 Infiniti QX30 SUV Base

Base

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$29,950 - $34,400

Configurations
Base 4dr SUV Front Wheel Drive (2L 4cyl 7AM)
Seating: 5 HP: 208-hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,200 rpm
Base 4dr SUV All Wheel Drive (2L 4cyl 7AM)
Seating: 5 HP: 208-hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,200 rpm

 2017 Infiniti QX30 SUV Luxury

Luxury

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$32,600 - $34,400

Configurations
Luxury 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (24/27/33)
HP: 208 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,200 rpm
Luxury 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (21/25/30)
HP: 208 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,200 rpm

 2017 Infiniti QX30 SUV Premium

Premium

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$35,300 - $37,700

Configurations
Premium 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (24/27/33)
HP: 208 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,200 rpm
Premium 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (21/25/30)
HP: 208 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,200 rpm

 2017 Infiniti QX30 SUV Sport

Sport

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$38,500

Configurations
Sport 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (24/27/33)
HP: 208 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 258 lbs.-ft. @ 1,200 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 18, 2018

7.5

Overall Rating


7.6/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.3/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The QX30 is offered in 4 different trim levels with the base trim level starting at $29950. The QX30 uses a 2-liter engine that pumps out 208 horsepower. The engine is a 7-speed automatic transmission. All the power is sent to the front wheels but you can opt for an all-wheel-drive system with two of its trim levels.

Features

7.6/10

The QX30 is offered in 4 different trim levels. The base trim level of the QX30 is priced at $29950 and is offered with pretty standard features like a leather crafted steering wheel, dual occupant memory system for driver and front passenger seats, a six-speaker audio system and a rear view monitor. The next trim level of the QX30 is called the QX30 Luxury and the front wheel drive of this trim is priced at $32600 while the all-wheel drive variant is offered at $34400. The QX30 Luxury gets linked to individual Intelligent keys and is also gets an optional all-wheel drive system in addition to all the features that the base QX30 gets.

The next trim level of the QX30 is called the QX30 Premium. The front wheel drive variant of this trim level is priced at $35300 while the all-wheel drive variant is priced at $37700. The QX30 gets a 10 speaker Bose premium audio system in addition to all the features that come with the QX Luxury trim level.

The top of the line trim of the QX30 crossover is called the QX30 Sport. The QX30 is priced at $38500 and it is only offered with a front wheel drive system. With all the features that QX30 Premium gets the QX30 Sport additionally gets a leather wrapped, flat bottom, sport spec steering wheel, a universal garage door opener and Infiniti voice recognition for audio, navigation and vehicle information system.

Trim

QX30

QX30 sport

QX30 premium

QX30 luxury

MSRP

(FWD)

$29,950

$38,500

$35,300

$32,600

MSRP

(AWD)

N/A

N/A

$37,700

$34,400

Key

Features

  • Dual-occupant memory system for driver and front passenger seats and outside mirrors, linked to individual Intelligent Keys
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 2 USB connection ports/storage for iPod interface and other compatible devices
  • RearView Monitor
  • Dual-occupant memory system for driver and front passenger seats and outside mirrors, linked to individual Intelligent Keys
  • Flat-bottom leather-wrapped sports steering wheel
  • Bose 10-speaker premium audio system
  • Universal Garage Door Opener (UGDO)
  • INFINITI Voice Recognition for audio, navigation and vehicle-information systems
  • Dual-occupant memory system for driver and front passenger seats and outside mirrors, linked to individual Intelligent Keys
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 2 USB connection ports/storage for iPod interface and other compatible devices
  • RearView Monitor
  • Dual-occupant memory system for driver and front passenger seats and outside mirrors, linked to individual Intelligent Keys
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 2 USB connection ports/storage for iPod interface and other compatible devices
  • RearView Monitor

Engine

6.5/10
"Regardless of trim level or the number of driven wheels, all versions of the new QX30 share the same Daimler-sourced but Infiniti-tuned powertrain elements also found in the Mercedes-Benz GLA250. While not the most powerful engine in its class, the QX30’s smooth and responsive turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder teams well with the paddle-shiftable 7-speed dual-clutch automatic" - Kelley Blue Book

Engine and Transmission

The QX30 uses a 2-liter, inline 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine. The engine churns out 208 horsepower and delivers a solid 258 lb.-ft of torque. The engine comes mated to a buttery smooth 7-speed automatic transmission. Power is either sent to the front wheels or you can ask Infiniti to direct it to all the four wheels.

Models

Infiniti QX30

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Audi Q3 Premium

BMW X1 sDrive28i

MSRP

$29,950

$32,850

$31,800

$33,750

Engine

2.0L I-4 Turbo

2.0L I-4 Turbo w/Direct Injection

2.0 TFSI 4 Cylinder

2.0L TwinPower Turbo 4-Cylinder 16V DOHC

Transmission

7-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

208hp

208hp

200hp

228hp

Torque

258 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

207 lb-ft

258 lb-ft

At 228 horsepower, the BMW X1 sDrive 28i is the only car that makes more power than the Infiniti. The Mercedes Benz GLA 250 makes 208 HP which is equal to the Infiniti. The Audi Q3 Premium, on the other hand, falls 8 horses short of the Infiniti QX30.

Acceleration

The Infiniti QX30 has pretty impressive acceleration figures for an entry-level luxury crossover. The QX30 can shoot itself from rest to 60 MPH in just 6.3 seconds. Take the QX30 to a drag strip and it will cover the quarter-mile distance in just 14.9 seconds.

Models

Infiniti QX30

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Audi Q3 Premium

BMW X1 sDrive28i

0-60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.2 sec

8.2 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter mile

14.9 sec

15.3 sec

16.1 sec

15.2 sec

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.6

6.5

7.7

6.8

The QX30 is the fastest car of the lot. In fact, it beats all its rivals by quite a good margin. In spite of having a 12 HP advantage over the Infiniti, the BMW X1 fails to beat the QX30 in terms of acceleration timings. The X1 does a 0-60 MPH in 6.6 seconds and hits the quarter-mile mark in 15.2 seconds. The Mercedes Benz GLA 250 does a 0-60 MPH in 7.2 seconds and covers the quarter-mile distance in 15.3 seconds. The Audi Q3 happens to be the slowest car of the car and does a 0-60 MPH in 8.2 seconds and hits the quarter-mile mark in 16.1 seconds.

Ride and Handling

Although the QX30 is a crossover, it drives and handles pretty much like a hatchback. The steering is sharp and offers good feedback. Moreover, the car is always ready to dive into corners and high-speed cornering is a cakewalk. The compact dimensions also help to maneuver easily through tight corners and also during rush hour, bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Ride quality is top notch and is something you would expect from a proper luxury car. The suspensions are smartly tuned and soak in all the bumps and potholes. Being a tall car, body roll during cornering is pretty evident during high-speed cornering but you can still live with it.

Braking

For every powerful car, it is necessary that it is equipped with a strong set of brakes. A strong set of brakes gives you the confidence to exploit every single horsepower of your engine. The Infiniti QX30 rather gets quite a large set of brakes. Up front, the QX30 gets 12.6 inches diameter discs and at the rear, it gets 11.6 inches diameter discs. The QX30 can come to a standstill at a distance of 106 feet when the brakes are slammed at 60 MPH.

Model

Infiniti QX30

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Audi Q3 Premium

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.6

12.3

12.9

Brake Rear (in.)

11.6

11.6

11.1

12.5

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3280

3296

3494

3543

60-0 MPH (ft.)

106

120

108

112

Only the BMW X1 gets the larger set of brakes and yet it fails to beat the QX30 in terms of braking. The BMW stops at a distance of 112 feet when you step on the brake pedal while driving at 60 MPH. The Mercedes has the poorest braking stats and comes to a halt at a distance of 120 feet from 60 MPH while the Audi stops at a distance of 108 feet. The Infiniti has the braking stats in the competition credit to its lower curb weight.

Fuel Economy

7.7/10

The Infiniti QX30 is by no means a gas guzzler and delivers good fuel economy. The QX30 can go around the city for 24 miles on a single gallon of fuel. Take the QX30 on the highway and it will go for 33 miles on a gallon of fuel. The QX30 gets a combined fuel economy rating of 27 MPG.

Model

Infiniti QX30

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Audi Q3 Premium

BMW X1 sDrive28i

MPG (city)

24

24

20

23

MPG (highway)

33

33

28

32

MPG (combined)

27

27

23

26

The only car that matches the QX30 in terms of fuel economy is the Mercedes Benz GLA 250. The Merc also gets a combined fuel economy rating of 27 MPG. The Infiniti and the Merc are followed by the BMW and the Audi that get a combined fuel economy figures of 26 MPG and 23 MPG respectively.

Interior

6.3/10

The cabin of the Infiniti QX30 feels plush and upmarket. The quality of materials and the overall fit and finish of the different panels is also really good. The knobs, buttons, controllers and the infotainment display are thoughtfully laid out giving the dash a clean and uncluttered look.

A major area of the dashboard is covered with high-quality leather and some portions are clad with high-quality soft-touch plastics accompanied with a few aluminum inserts. The steering wheel is also wrapped with leather and has control switches on it.

Seating and Comfort

The QX30 is can accommodate 5 adults. The seats of the QX30 are nicely developed and do the job of holding you in place really well. There is just the right amount of cushioning for the seats and the posture of the seats is also perfect. On the front, the QX30 offers a head/shoulder/leg room of 38.4/54.8/41.3 inches respectively while on the rear it offers a head/shoulder/leg room of 37.5/53.1/33.5 inches respectively.

Credit to its larger exterior dimensions, the BMW has the best head/shoulder/leg room on offer in the segment. The rear seats of the QX30 are a little bit cramped when compared to its rivals but tall passengers won't really have a hard time.

Model

Infiniti QX30

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Audi Q3 Premium

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.4/54.8/41.3

38.3/54.8/41.9

36.9/55.8/40

42.0/56.7/40.4

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.5/53.1/33.5

38.4/53.1/33.9

37.0/53.6/31.1

39.4/57.2/37.0

Infotainment System

The infotainment system of the QX30 is very intuitive. The infotainment system consists of a 7-inch touch screen interface which delivers some crisp visuals and unlike most of the other screens don't lag at all. The car also gets a 6 speaker audio system but you can always pay extra and get a 10 speaker premium Bose audio system for better in-car entertainment. You also get 2 USB connection ports for iPod and other compatible devices. The touch screen display is a home to navigation and vehicle information system.

Interior Features

Some of the goodies on the inside of the Infiniti QX30 are listed below.

  • Leather wrapped steering wheel.
  • 2 USB connection ports.
  • Dual occupant memory system for driver and front passenger seats.
  • 6 speaker audio system with an option to avail a Bose 10 speaker premium audio system.
  • Split folding rear seats.

Cargo Volume

The Infiniti QX30 offers a cargo volume of 19.2 cubic feet when the rear seats are up which is pretty decent for a crossover. Fold the second row of seats down and you open up to 34 cubic feet of cargo volume. The trunk is can easily swallow in the luggage of 4 people going on a short trip.

At 27.1 cubic feet, the BMW X1 has the largest trunk of the lot. With the 2nd row of seats down, the BMW X1 offers a massive luggage storage volume of 58.7 cubic feet which is the best in the competition. While the Infiniti offers the second best trunk storage volume with the 2nd row of seats up but it loses to all other cars in terms of cargo volume when it comes to comparing them with the 2nd row of seats down.

Model

Infiniti QX30

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Audi Q3 Premium

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3)

19.2

17.2

16.7

27.1

Cargo Volume rear seat folded (ft.3)

34.0

43.6

48.2

58.7

Exterior

8.0/10
"The core design cues on the new QX30 are classic new-gen Infiniti and reflect a contemporary take on the brand’s bold double-arch grille, highly sculpted bodywork, “crescent-cut” C-pillar and LED-infused lighting treatments -- which can be upgraded to full LED-spec across the lineup.- Kelley Blue Book"

Dimensions and Weight

The smart and proportionate size of the Infiniti QX30 gives it a strong and commanding look. The QX30 is 174.2 inches long, 82 inches wide and 58.9 inches tall. The car also gets a ground clearance of 6.8 inches which helps it during off-roading and also gives it a SUVish stance. The QX30 weighs 3280 lbs. and is the lightest car in the segment.

Model

Infiniti QX30

Mercedes Benz GLA 250

Audi Q3 Premium

BMW X1 sDrive28i

Curb weight (lbs.)

3280

3296

3494

3543

Length(in)

174.2

173.9

172.8

174.8

Width(in)

82.0

71.0

72.1

71.7

Height(in)

58.9

60.0

62.5

63.5

Ground clearance (in)

6.8

6.6

6.7

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

102.5

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

61.9/61.9

61.8/61.4

61.1/61.2

61.5/61.5

The BMW is longest and the tallest car in the competition. The BMW also gets the best in segment ground clearance of 6.9 inches. While the Infiniti is the widest car in the segment, at 58.9 inches it is the shortest car in the category. The BMW X1 at 3543 lbs. is the heaviest car of the lot and is followed by the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes Benz GLA 250.

Exterior Features

Some of the cool features on the outside of the Infiniti QX30 are listed below.

  • Rearview monitor.
  • Universal garage door opener.
  • Outside mirrors linked to individual intelligent keys.
  • Heated mirrors.
  • Optional full led headlamps.
  • Hands-free entry

Safety

Infiniti does care about your safety and hence has offered a lot of safety features. Some features like dual stage airbags and 4 channel anti-lock braking system all come as standard.

Safety Features

Some of the safety features of the Infiniti QX30 are listed below.

  • INFINITI Advanced Airbag System (AABS) includes dual-stage front supplemental airbags with seat belt sensors and an occupant-classification sensor. Airbag inflation rate is adjusted depending on crash severity and seat belt usage. If the front passenger's seat is empty, a sensor will deactivate the front-passenger airbag
  • Driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental airbags with rollover sensor
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) provides specific information for each tire and low-pressure warning
  • Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)

Competition

The Mercedes Benz GLA 250 vs Infiniti QX30

The Infiniti QX30 outclasses the Mercedes Benz GLA 250 on all fronts. The Infiniti is cheaper, makes more power, has better braking stats, offers better fuels economy and offers more features the Merc. The Infiniti only loses to the Merc in terms of luggage storage space only when the second row of seats is down only by a small margin. The Infiniti only doesn't bear the snob value of the three-point logo of the Mercedes Benz. Otherwise, any day the Infiniti is the more sensible car of the two.

The Audi Q3 Premium  vs Infiniti QX30

The Audi Q3 is another German rival of the Infiniti QX30. The QX30 performs better than the Q3 on all the fronts and completely rips it apart. If you have to choose between the two, go for the Infiniti QX30. Only if you desperately care of the snob that the Audi offers and if you are willing to spend a few bucks extra, you buy the Audi.

The BMW X1 sDrive28i vs Infiniti QX30

Yet another German competitor of the QX30, the BMW X1 is costlier and makes more power than the QX30. But in spite of having a more powerful engine, the X1 fails to beat the QX30 in terms of acceleration timings. The QX30 outshines the X1 in terms of braking and fuel economy as well. The X1 only offers the better passenger room and beats the X1 in terms of luggage space. Analysing both the cars carefully, the QX30 again appears to be a more sensible option and is certainly a better buy.

Final Verdict

In a single sentence, the Infiniti QX30 is a car that does everything right. It priced really well, it has a punchy engine, it has got best in segment acceleration timings, it has the best braking stats and it also offers great fuel economy. Moreover, it has got a luxurious cabin and it also looks really good. It can seat 5 people comfortably and can carry an ample amount of luggage in its trunk. In a nutshell, the QX30 is probably the best luxury crossover in the segment and justifies every single penny you'll be paying for it.

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