The INFINITI QX30 is a crossover, but it's a small one, and prioritizes handling and style over all-out capability. It's certainly more of a lifestyle vehicle than anything resembling a family hauler, but that's exactly how the luxury automaker wants buyers to think of its most affordable model.
What's New for 2018
The QX30 is essentially unchanged for its second year on the market.
Choosing Your INFINITI QX30
The QX30's inviting interior is what we expect in a luxury-branded vehicle, and buyers get legitimate room for five passengers. There's 19 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and 34 cubic feet with it folded. That tells us the QX30 is intended for weekend getaways for two, not family vacations. Almost any compact hatchback will hold more.
However, the QX30 doesn't skimp on power for a vehicle of its size. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 208 horsepower and 258 lb-feet of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission delivers power to front wheels. The available all-wheel drive system increases ride height by 1.2 inches.
As before, the QX30 is offered in four trim levels: Base, Luxury, Premium, and Sport.
The base QX30 is rather austere for this class of vehicle — you can't get power seats, leather, or all-wheel drive. We consider the Luxury model acceptable, but its lack of options is a downer. That makes the Premium the logical choice for most buyers. Just be careful of INFINITI's tangled web of option packages – it's very easy to add $5,000 to the QX30's starting price.