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.
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2019 QX30 is hard to find:
The carryover 2019 QX30 is available, but it is hard to find due to limited stock. INFINITI continues to focus on unadvertised incentives for the QX30, but it also has a big cash discount for leasing.
The QX30 is on borrowed time, as INFINITI's president has revealed it will not live beyond its current generation. There is no indication of when the model will end, though.
All INFINITI's deals are national and expire October 31, 2019.
The 2019 QX30 has unadvertised incentives worth up to $5,000 off.
Dealers can use their unadvertised incentive as they please — pass them on to you for a discount or keep them as profit — so shop around for the best deal.
No financing deals:
There are no APR deals on the 2019 QX30, and we don't think we will see any before INFINITI discontinues it.
Lease from $349/mo.:
The 2019 INFINITI QX30 has a new promotional lease offer in October. This 39-month offer on the 2019 QX30 PURE runs $349 per month with $3,299 due at signing. With an effective monthly cost of $434, this is not a good value relative to its MSRP. This lease allows up to 10,000 miles per year without additional fees.
This ranks as an excellent deal based on our expert analysis of: vehicle price, length of lease term, amount due at signing, monthly payment, etc.
Prices vary by style
|Special Pricing (Expires 10/31/19) Special Customer Note: The CarsDirect.com price for this vehicle contains a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive. Customers must take delivery of this vehicle prior to the expiration date to be eligible for this price. This price may not be available on special factory orders or used in conjunction with special manufacturer financing or leasing programs. Prices subject to change at any time based upon program rules. Please check with your CarsDirect Trusted Dealer for complete details.|
Japanese styling meets German engineering. The 2019 INFINITI QX30 seems to be the perfect recipe for a luxury crossover. It combines German engineering with its Mercedes-Benz heart and greasy bits with sleek Japanese styling from INFINITI. But the QX30’s styling may be a touch too much, as its high beltline and sloping roofline look great, but they result in tight rear seats.
The QX30 is visually identical to its predecessor, but it gets new 19-inch wheel options and a new optional navigation system. Also new is its standard automatic emergency braking across its entire lineup.
Form over function. There's no denying the INFINITI QX30 looks incredible. With its sharp lines and sloping roofline, it looks fast just sitting there. Plus, its small footprint makes sliding the QX30 into that tight space in your parking garage a breeze.
The style impedes its function, though. Inside the QX30, the front seats are on par in terms of roominess. In the back, though, its small body and low roofline drop its leg room and head room to 33.5 and 37.5 inches, respectively.
Handling is on point. With German underpinnings, there's some good and bad. On the good side, the INFINITI QX30’s chassis is wound tight, giving it great cornering ability. It borders on hot-hatch territory, which is unheard of in a crossover.
While its Mercedes GLA-Class-sourced 208-horsepower 2.0-liter engine is just fine, its borrowed transmission struggles. This Mercedes-Benz seven-speed dual-clutch transmission tends to shift a little too early, killing acceleration, and it spends a lot of time hunting for the perfect gear at lower speeds.
Lags in smartphone tech. The QX30 is anything but bare bones as it comes standard with tons of features, including 18-inch wheels, automatic emergency braking, a 7-inch touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless ignition. Beyond that, its available leather upholstery, power seats, navigation, Bose audio system, LED headlights, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and more dress it up nicely.
That said, it lacks one key component that has become commonplace in the automotive space: smartphone integration. While its competitors offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto at some point in their lineups, the QX30 doesn’t offer them, even as an option.
Final thoughts. The 2019 INFINITI QX30 is a great entry into the world of luxury crossovers for the younger crowd thanks to its lower price, sporty looks, and list of available high-end features. But its lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be a major turn off for younger buyers who use their smartphones for virtually everything.
For buyers looking for extra roominess in the rear seat, the BMW X1 and Jaguar F-Pace will oblige. Want more power? The 375-hp Mercedes-Benz AMG GLA 45 may be up your alley.
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