The 2018 Infiniti QX30 is an accessibly priced entry-level crossover from this luxury marque, and it offers engaging performance, a bold design and an upscale cabin. The QX30’s available all-wheel drive makes it a capable companion for those who frequently drive through rain and snow.
Infiniti’s QX30 is a subcompact crossover SUV that competes in the luxury segment. It seats five passengers, and it’s sold in base Luxury, Premium and Sport trims. Front-wheel drive, a turbocharged engine and an automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is offered with higher trims.
For 2018, there are no significant content or equipment changes for the QX30.
All Infiniti models offer highly expressive exteriors with flowing lines, deep body cuts and handsome wheel choices. The QX30 fits right in, bringing the brand’s design language to its smallest crossover.
You’ll be forgiven if you think the QX30 seems more like a hatchback than a crossover SUV. The QX30’s styling mimics that of a hatchback or a small coupe, and this gives the crossover a look that’s assertive and athletic. The QX30’s front fascia is marked by a gaping grille offset by sleek hawk-eye headlamps. Its sweeping profile gives the impression that this vehicle is always in motion. In the rear, a clamshell liftgate, handsome wraparound tail lamps and dual exhaust ports add to the QX30’s sporty appearance. Base models connect with pavement via 18-inch wheels.
Standard equipment includes automatic halogen headlights, LED rear brake lights, an integrated rear spoiler and an auto-dimming driver’s side exterior mirror. All models come with heated side mirrors to maintain visibility in colder weather.
The list of available features includes roof rails, LED front fog lamps, LED headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, heated windshield-washer nozzles, aluminum kick plates, a panoramic sunroof, power-folding side mirrors and 19-inch wheels.
Though the QX30 can seat five, it’s best suited for four passengers. The rear seat is simply too narrow to accommodate three adults sitting side by side. Legroom may become an issue for rear-seat passengers if either front seat is pushed far back.
You’ll find a standard 60/40-split fold-down bench seat in the second row. With this seat in place, the QX30 delivers 19.2 cubic feet of storage space, and this figure expands to 34 cubic feet with the rear seat folded. The QX30 provides much less cargo capacity than some rivals. For example, the 2018 BMW X1 offers 27.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seat and 58.7 cubic feet with the second row folded.
Luxury shoppers expect a certain level of materials and craftsmanship in their vehicles, no matter the size or cost. For the most part, the QX30 delivers. The standard cloth upholstery is of high quality, and the available leather trim is supple and attractive. The dashboard layout is clean and unobstructed, and it is crafted to deliver excellent fit and finish.
Base models come with dual-zone automatic climate control, power windows and door locks, eight-way manually adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Options include LED ambient lighting, a rear armrest and ski hatch, simulated leather or premium Nappa leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, heated front seats and pedals with aluminum accents.
Infiniti offers one powertrain combination for the 2018 QX30. All models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine generating 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and this works alongside a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.
The front-wheel-drive model delivers an EPA-estimated 24/33 mpg city/highway, while the all-wheel-drive version is rated at 21/30 mpg city/highway. Premium gasoline is required.
We tested a front-wheel-drive QX30 Sport, and it impressed us with its responsive handling and crisp feedback. The QX30 delivers ample off-the-mark acceleration and excellent passing power.
This SUV remains poised as you move through curves, and there is very little body roll. Press hard on the accelerator and the turbo quickly kicks in. When the brake pedal is depressed, the QX30 comes to a firm stop, with little brake fade detected.
The QX30 offers a pleasing selection of modern technology content. Base models come with keyless entry and ignition, a six-speaker stereo, an in-dash CD player, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, two USB connection ports, HD radio, satellite radio and a 7-inch display screen. Options include navigation, real-time traffic information, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity and a Bose 10-speaker sound system.
When it comes to driver-assistive technology, the QX30 comes standard with a rearview camera. The lineup of optional equipment in this area includes front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view monitor, adaptive cruise control, a self-parking system, a blind-spot warning system, lane-departure warning and frontal collision mitigation.
The optional Bose audio system delivered a satisfying listening experience, with excellent sound clarity distributed throughout the cabin. The infotainment interface is easy to use, with a narrow learning curve, and it delivered accurate turn-by-turn directions.
Our Sport test vehicle included the optional adaptive cruise control. This feature was especially useful on a long round trip to the coast, and it maintained sufficient distance between our test crossover and the vehicle immediately ahead.
The 2018 Infiniti QX30 starts at $29,950 plus a $995 destination charge. You have a choice of Luxury ($32,600), Premium ($35,300) and Sport ($38,300) trims. All-wheel drive is a $1,800 option on the Luxury trim and a $2,400 option on the Premium, and it’s not available on Sport models.
Our QX30 Sport test vehicle retailed for $43,660, and it was equipped with the Sport Leather package ($1,500) that adds Nappa leather upholstery and heated front seats. Our test vehicle also came with the Sport Technology package ($1,200), and this bundles amenities such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and a blind-spot warning system. Finally, our QX30 test vehicle was equipped with Sport LED package ($1,000), which includes LED headlamps and LED ambient lighting.
Infiniti’s QX30 offers competitive value. Our fully loaded, top-of-the-line test vehicle rang in at about $2,000 less than a similarly equipped BMW X1.
An entry-level luxury model provides an affordable gateway to a premium brand. The Infiniti QX30 fills this role well, offering cutting-edge style, deluxe feature content, an impressive powertrain and a reasonable price tag. If you’re looking for a small luxury crossover that provides deluxe features and responsive handling, the QX30 should be on your list.