INFINITI's newest model is also its most affordable and hardest to categorize. The QX30 is officially billed as a compact crossover, but looks more like a hatchback and handles with the precision of a sporty coupe. Whatever you want to call it, the QX30 is certainly something unique in the entry-level luxury class.
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2017 INFINITI QX30 Overview
What's New for 2017
The QX30 is a totally new model.
Choosing Your INFINITI QX30
Every QX30 is powered by a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine with 208 horsepower, matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and some trim levels are eligible for all-wheel drive, which increases ride height by 1.2 inches.
The cabin certainly measures up to what we expect in a luxury vehicle and can accommodate up to five passengers. With the rear seat in place, you get 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is quite decent for a vehicle of this size. However, total capacity is just 34 cubic feet, which trails more traditional crossovers by a significant margin.
The new QX30 is offered in four trim levels: Base, Luxury, Premium, and Sport.
With an MSRP of $30,000, the base model seems like a great deal until you realize that you can't get power seats, leather, or all-wheel drive. Upgrading to the Luxury is almost mandatory in our view, but its lack of options limits its appeal as well. That makes the Premium the sweet spot for most buyers.
2017 INFINITI QX30 Review
The all-new QX30 is INFINITI's smallest utility vehicle, developed in partnership with Mercedes-Benz. The QX30 arrives just as the small end of the segment explodes, with shoppers considering models from accomplished rivals, including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.
Pricing and Equipment
The 2017 INFINITI QX30 is a four-door hatchback with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. This model is available in QX30, QX30 Luxury, QX30 Sport, QX30 Premium, QX30 Luxury AWD, and QX30 Premium AWD trims.
All models are powered by a 2-liter four-cylinder engine making 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy comes in at 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive and 21/30 with all-wheel drive.
Ride height varies by trim level. The base QX30 has 6.7 inches of ground clearance, the Sport has 6.1 inches, and the AWD has 7.9 inches.
The QX30 is based on the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the result of a partnership between Daimler and Renault-Nissan. The two models share a common architecture and powertrain, but are otherwise completely different. The QX30 is built in the United Kingdom with the engine sourced from Germany.
Pricing for the QX30 trim is as follows: QX30 ($29,950), QX30 Luxury ($32,600), QX30 Premium ($35,300), QX30 Sport ($38,500), QX30 Luxury AWD ($34,400) and the QX30 Premium AWD ($37,700). (Prices do not reflect a $995 destination charge.)
Numerous factory-installed options are available, including LED and Sport LED packages ($1,000 each), Navigation ($1,850), Technology ($2,200), Sport Technology ($1,200), Leather ($1,500), and Teak ($1,750) packages.
The powertrain is well suited for the QX30. Our reviewers noted it offers responsive acceleration from start to passing. A zero-to-60 mph time of approximately seven seconds is the result.
Fuel economy comes in at 21/30 for all-wheel drive, but that’s about 2 mpg below the similar GLA.
The QX30’s cabin is nothing like the GLA and that’s not a bad thing. Our reviewers noted that it is smartly designed and laden with high-quality materials.
You’ll find 19.2 cubic feet of standard cargo space and that’s a healthy size for a small SUV. Fold down the rear seat and cargo space expands modestly to 31.8 cubic feet.
A roomy front seat and sizable cargo space make for a cramped rear bench. Seating is for five, but realistically QX30 holds just four, and even then rear legroom is quite tight, measuring just 33.5 inches.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
Overall, our reviewers found the QX30’s interior delivers a more exuberant counterpoint to the austere cabins found in some European models.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
Outward visibility for tall front-seated passengers may be partially obstructed by the A pillars when roads curve to the left. Also, because the coupe-like roof dips down, tall passengers may have to hunch to look outside.
The Bottom Line
If you’re wanting an INFINITI, the QX30 offers the most cost-effective entry point across the model line. That said, if you prefer something other than the single powertrain combination offered, there isn’t another choice. Nevertheless, the Luxury AWD model offers superior value while still providing an affordable gateway to the brand.