2018 QX30 New Car Test Drive
The Infiniti QX30 is an elegant little crossover introduced for 2017. In a stunning alliance between Japanese and German carmakers, it shares its platform and front-wheel-drive powertrain with the Mercedes-Benz GLA250.
Both compete against well-executed rivals such as the rear-wheel-drive BMW X1. The Mazda3 hatchback might be seen as a competitor as well, and in fact the QX30 profile suggests the Mazda3.
Otherwise the QX30 body is a unique blend of scalloped edges and lumps, out of which emerges a serious stance. Its creative styling begins a design direction for Infiniti, so watch for other models taking the shape. In the Nissan-Infiniti vision, it's an international design, for their international expansion. The QX30 is assembled in England. It is unchanged for 2018.
However, the dramatic exterior and compact dimensions limit space in the cabin. It's considered a five-seater, but it's tight for two in the rear, and impossible for three.
The QX30 comes three ways: base QX30, sporty QX30S, and QX30 AWD with a raised ride height and body panels that imagine off-road.
The QX30 crossovers sold around the world get a choice of engines. In North America, there is only one: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, coupled to an automated 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It gets an EPA-rated 27 Combined miles per gallon on Premium gasoline. On the AWD model, an intelligent all-wheel-drive system can transmit up to half the power to the rear wheels, whenever sensors detect traction loss.
QX30 models are base, Luxury, Premium and Sport, available with all-wheel-drive in Luxury and Premium.
QX30 comes standard ($29,950) with high-quality black fabric upholstery, manual front seats, and InTouch infotainment with a 7-inch screen, but don't expect Infiniti dealers to find one out back for you. Much more common will be the QX30 Luxury ($32,600), available with AWD ($34,400)
QX30S Sport ($38,500) comes with front-wheel drive, a lower ride height with 19-inch wheels, its own front and rear fascia, a glossy black grille, leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and aluminum pedals and footrests. Sport seats with eight-way power adjustment and lumbar support are available.
Nappa leather is available. Optional designer packages for the interior include: City Black that couples black upholstery with purple stitching; Cafe Teak that features black stitching with brown/black upholstery; Gallery White that trims white upholstery with red details.
Safety features include blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning with emergency braking assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, self-parking, and a surround-view camera system that detects moving objects like dogs, cats, or children.