The all-new Infiniti QX30 is for buyers who appreciate premium amenities in a smaller package. The compact QX30 is a sporty little number that is just as comfortable scooting you around urban environments as it is out on the Interstate.
There’s nothing ordinary about this brand new crossover. Just take a look at it. Instantly recognizable as an Infiniti, the highly-sculpted QX30 has remarkable character and substantial style. The car looks like the wind is blowing past it, even when it’s standing still.
Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged Inline 4-cylinder that was developed in conjunction with Daimler, the QX30 is a fun-to-drive package of energy. With powertrain elements shared with the Mercedes-Benz GLA250, the turbo-4 develops 208 horsepower and sends 258 lb.-ft. of torque to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. AWD is available.
The EPA estimates the QX30 will take you 21 miles on city streets or 30 miles down the road on a single gallon of gasoline.
The QX30 is available in six trim levels: QX30, QX30 Luxury, QX30 Premium, QX30 Sport, QX30 Luxury AWD and QX30 Premium AWD. The base 2017 QX30 starts at just under $30-grand. Deck out a Premium AWD trim and you’ll start at $37,700. The QX30 Luxury trim starts at $32,600, the Premium trim is $35,300 and the Sport is $38,500. With lots of options and extras, my Premium AWD test QX30 stickered at $46,035 which included $995 in freight. That’s still less than you’ll pay for some competing vehicles.
If you’re looking for a large SUV, the QX30 is not for you. It doesn’t pretend to be a big car, but owns its smallness. It’s a well-dressed little guy with lots of high-quality materials inside the cabin. You’ll find 38.4 inches of headroom in the front seat and 37.5 inches in the rear seat. Legroom in the rear seat is a snug 33.5 inches.
The test QX30 had Nappa leather heated memory seats that adjusted eight ways. The rear seats were in a 60/40 split that folded down. All QX30 models get standard Bluetooth, a rearview monitor, cruise control, one-touch power windows, an intelligent key system, three 12v outlets, dual-zone air and two USB ports. Bose advanced audio, navigation and connectivity are available, as is SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Infiniti’s InTouch infotainment system on a 7-inch touchscreen.
Also available is Infiniti’s groundbreaking Around View monitor, which offers a birds-eye view 360 degrees around the car. Many other manufacturers have started using some form of this remarkable camera system, but Infiniti was the first.
On the road, the QX30 handles superbly, primarily because of its smaller size and low center of gravity. The Intelligent All-Wheel drive system just adds to driver confidence behind the wheel. The dual-clutch means instant shifts throughout the 7-gear range. A stop/start system to improve fuel economy is standard but can be disabled.
Electric power-assisted steering was precise and on center, braking was excellent and the standard paddle shifters added to the driving fun. Standard aluminum alloy wheels are 18 inches, and 19-inchers with run-flat tires are available.
The QX30 has not yet been safety tested, but offers a full complement of airbags and a wide range of sophisticated safety and driver’s assistance technology including an intelligent parking assist system, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and forward emergency braking. These types of safety features are becoming more commonplace as the automotive world moves inexorably toward autonomous driving.
If you’re looking for a small, sporty crossover with lots of appeal and upscale amenities, you should take the 2017 QX30 out for a spin.
2017 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
$37,700 ($46,035 with options & freight)
EPA mileage estimates:
21 mpg city/30 mpg highway/25 mpg combined
Estimated highway range: