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2019 INFINITI QX30 OVERVIEW
The 2019 INFINITI QX30, the smallest vehicle in the manufacturer's crossover and SUV lineup, boasts an exterior that stands out, an interior that blends in, and a long list of standard equipment.
What's New for 2019
Minor changes for the 2019 model year include a Navigation package on the LUXE trim, a new 19-inch wheel package, and eight available exterior colors.
Choosing Your INFINITI QX30
Every QX30 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This is fed to the road through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with manual paddle shifters, with stop-start technology as standard. Mid-range LUXE and ESSENTIAL models are also available with all-wheel drive, automatically redirecting up to half the engine’s power to the rear axle in wet or slippery conditions. The ride height is 1.2 inches higher on AWD models, and there are bespoke lower fascias and side sills to protect the bodywork.
With front-wheel drive, the QX30 achieves an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 27 combined. These figures drop to 21/30/25 mpg (city/highway/combined) with all-wheel drive.
As you’d expect from a crossover, the QX30 majors on safety. Standard features include forward automatic emergency braking, cruise control, knee airbags, a rearview monitor, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. There’s voice recognition for the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while the INFINITI Intelligent Key system unlocks the car and automatically adjusts the seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors to the driver’s recorded preferences. It can even store customized stereo and climate settings.
The QX30 is available in four trims:
Of the 2019 INFINITI QX30 lineup, SPORT models will appeal to buyers wanting a stylish-looking crossover, but the LUXE arguably offers a superior blend of economy and practicality. The Navigation Package is an expensive option, but it’s worth adding for the practicality and safety improvements it brings.