The Infiniti QX30 is subcompact crossover that offers an SUV's tall seating position, a coupe's sleek styling and a hatchback's utility. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the QX30 is a good choice if you're seeking a small, easily maneuverable premium crossover, and it's an especially nimble ally on congested city streets.
Infiniti QX30 Overview
The Infiniti QX30 hit the market in 2017 as part of a partnership between Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz, and it shares a platform with the Mercedes-Benz GLA.
Infiniti's QX30 is a subcompact crossover with seating for five. It's offered with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and all models are governed by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
No one will ever accuse the QX30 of being a wallflower. Its sheet metal is sculpted and aggressive, and the crossover makes an immediate visual impact. In front, a hood with deep character lines overlooks slanting halogen headlamps. The crossover's silhouette is low and sleek, and the rear view spotlights an integrated spoiler and LED brake lights. The look overall is sporty and performance-oriented.
The QX30's cabin provides a tall seating position with good forward sight lines for the driver. The vehicle's coupe-like styling takes its toll on rearward visibility, though, and there is a blind spot or two to contend with. The front row is roomy enough, but as is the case with many small crossovers, adults will find the second row to be a tight fit.
Drivers who appreciate sharp handling will enjoy the Infiniti QX30. A Sport variant is available, and it comes with a lowered sport-tuned suspension and larger wheels. Its keen driving dynamics are similar to those offered by performance-oriented hatchbacks from Volkswagen and Audi. Keep in mind, though, that the Sport model's sharper handling comes at the cost of a stiffer and less forgiving ride. The other trims have a gentler ride quality, and we imagine most shoppers will find these models to be more agreeable on daily commutes. All models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that provides 208 horsepower. Various drive modes are available, and they allow you to customize your experience on the road.
Base models come with standard features such as heated side mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a rearview camera and satellite radio. Optional upgrades include leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, memory seats and mirrors, navigation and a Bose sound system. Active safety features such as lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and forward collision alert are available.
Buyers in the market for a small premium crossover with find lots of talented choices to consider. The QX30's rivals include the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, BMW X1 and Lexus NX 200t. These models all have their strengths, but the QX30 stands apart with its distinctive styling.