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.

The 2019 BMW X1 and 2019 Jaguar F-Pace easy trump it with 37 and 35.1 inches of leg room, respectively, and 39.4 and 38.3 inches of rear head room, 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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